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What medications can I safely take after a lung transplant?

When you get colds or the flu, you may take over-the-counter preparations such as Sudafed or Dimetapp. Avoid cold remedies that contain aspirin, Tylenol, or high quantities of alcohol. (You may take aspirin or Tylenol for headache or to reduce fever.) If you develop a cough, you may take cough syrups such as Robitussin, but if your cough becomes productive (bringing up phlegm or mucous) and you are running a fever, call your transplant team. If your local doctor prescribes an antibiotic, please call the transplant team to verify that it will not interfere with the medications you routinely take.
Tylenol (acetaminophen) can be taken as prescribed on the bottle after a lung transplant. People should not take any other over-the-counter medications without checking with the transplant team.

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