ITP Drug-Safety Guide

If you have ITP, proceed with caution before taking remedies to treat cold and flu symptoms.

By Stacey Feintuch

Winter is the time of year when colds, flu, sniffles and sore throats can really cramp your style. But when you have ITP, some medications that ease symptoms may be off-limits.

That’s because many over-the-counter pain, cold and cough medicines containing aspirin or NSAIDS (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)—can affect your blood count or make it more difficult for your blood to clot. The same is true of herbal remedies and supplements. 

When you’re ill, talk to your doctor before taking any of the following remedies.

Prescription medications

  • Amrinone
  • Bisphosphonate
  • Oxycodone
  • Sulfa drugs
  • Valproate
  • Vancomycin

Over-the-counter medications

  • Aspirin
  • Ibuprofen

Herbs and supplements

  • Feverfew
  • Garlic
  • Ginkgo biloba
  • Ginger
  • Ginseng
  • Gold salts
  • Green tea
  • Guarana
  • L-tryptophan
  • Niacin (type of B vitamin)
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Pycnogenol
  • Quercetin, rutin and related bioflavonoids
  • Vitamin E
  • Wood ear or cloud ear
Published October 2013

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