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Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine

Center for Liver Disease & Transplantation

Over-the-Counter Medications

The following over-the-counter (OTC) medications are OK to take:

  • Tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain or headaches and other Tylenol products (Tylenol PM, Tylenol Arthritis). Maximum daily dose you can take is 2,000 mg /day or 4 extra-strength tablets (Remember, you must call the Center if you ever have a fever!)
  • Tylenol Cold, Coricidin HBP (chlorpheniramine plus dextromethorphan), Mucinex, and Robitussin for cough or cold
  • Benadryl (diphenhydramine) [drowsy], Claritin (loratidine) [non-drowsy], Zyrtec (Cetirizine) [non-drowsy] for allergies
  • Chloraseptic spray or lozenges or Cepacol spray or lozenges for sore throat
  • Colace (docusate), Dulcolax (bisacodyl), or Metamucil for stool softening or constipation
  • Gas-X for gas pain or bloating
  • Imodium A-D for diarrhea, once coordinator has been notified
  • Pepcid, Zantac, Prilosec, Pepto-Bismol, Mylanta, or Maalox for heartburn
  • Prilosec OTC for acid reflux; DO NOT take if you have a prescription for Protonix, Prevacid, Nexium, or Pepcid

Do not take the following OTC medications:

  • Over-the-counter Advil™ or Motrin™ (ibuprofen), or Aleve™ (naproxen); these can be harmful to your kidneys
  • Any cold medications or decongestants containing pseudo-ephedrine; these can cause or worsen high blood pressure (examples include any medications with D after the name such as Tavist-D, Claritin-D, NyQuil, etc)
  • Herbal supplements. Most herbal medicines are not FDA approved and may be harmful to your transplant. We do NOT recommend the use of herbal supplements.
  • Diet pills. Many diet pills that are sold today are not FDA approved and can lead to harmful side effects.

Please remember to call us at 866-94-LIVER (866-945-4837) if there is any question about an over-the-counter drug.

If any symptoms persist or worsen, contact the transplant team. Do not self diagnose!

To find out more about the Methodist Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation, call us at 713-441-8839 or 866-94-LIVER (866-945-4837) or send us an email.