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Over-the-counter medicationsOOver-the-counter medicationsOver-the-counter medications after a kidney transplantEnglishTransplant;NephrologyTeen (13-18 years)KidneysRenal system/Urinary systemProcedures;Conditions and diseasesTeen (13-18 years)NA2017-11-30T05:00:00Z000Flat ContentHealth A-Z

 

 

Over-the-counter medications2721.00000000000Over-the-counter medicationsOver-the-counter medications after a kidney transplantOEnglishTransplant;NephrologyTeen (13-18 years)KidneysRenal system/Urinary systemProcedures;Conditions and diseasesTeen (13-18 years)NA2017-11-30T05:00:00Z000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>There may be times when you need to take a medicine for a non-serious condition such as:</p><ul><li> <a href="https://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=29&language=English" target="_blank">headache</a></li><li> <a href="https://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=30&language=English" target="_blank">fever</a></li><li> <a href="https://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=774&language=English" target="_blank">cough</a></li><li> <a href="https://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=12&language=English" target="_blank">cold</a> (congested or stuffy nose)</li><li>seasonal allergy.</li></ul><p>Over-the-counter (OTC) medications are medications that you can buy without a prescription.</p><p>In general, we ask that you talk with your transplant team before you take any of these medications. This is because:</p><ul><li>many medications can change the way that <a href="/Article?contentid=2708&language=English">immunosuppressants</a> work in your body – some raise the blood levels of tacrolimus, sirolimus or cyclosporine, which can lead to more side effects, and others lower the levels, which could lead to a rejection</li><li>some medications have side effects that may be a problem for patients who have certain conditions (such as high blood pressure or diabetes)</li><li>some medications may act as immune stimulants – they can actually rev up your immune system and cause a rejection!</li></ul><p>Remember, OTC medicines include vitamins and herbal or natural medications!</p><p>This chart gives you information on some OTC medications. There are many others, so ask your transplant team for advice if there is a product you would like to use.</p> <figure class="asset-c-100"><img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/INM_meds_over_the_counter_EN.jpg" alt="" /> </figure>