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can i take an antihistamine and a decongestant together

A 8-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shah Chowdhury
41 years experience Pediatrics
YES, If His: Pediatrician prescribes. Fluticasone is a nasal spray which reduces nasal allergy, inside swelling and congestion. Antihistamine/ decongestant is give ... Read More
Dr. Joram Seggev
Specializes in Allergy and Immunology
For part of the year: In people (of all ages) with significant allergy, nasal steroid medications, such as fluticasone, are the most potent. They are quite safe for childre ... Read More
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park answered
49 years experience Pediatrics
Should be OK: Combination treatment including fluticasone nasal spray and antihistamine with decongestant is provided for severe allergic rhinitis.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Doanh Nguyen, md, faaaai
13 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Yes you can: You can take both medications at the same time providing that you follow the recommended otc doses.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Zacharisen
32 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Yes: Many allergy medications already combine an antihistamine with a decongestant. These include Claritin (loratadine) d, Allegra d, zyrtec d, etc. The ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
36 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
In general, yes: Improving nasal function will decrease the incidence and severity of sinusitis. If you are allergic and congested then a combination of an antihistami ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Murphy
28 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Yes: This combination is commercially available as an otc medicine -ask pharmacist.
A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura Anissian
20 years experience Internal Medicine
Avoid: You want to avoid the ones that have ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) or pseudo ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate).
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Decongestant?: Although antihistamine dries up the nose, decongestant does not. If the decongestant action is needed for just a few days, you may try Afrin nasal s ... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegab answered
39 years experience Allergy and Immunology
See your doctor: In the interim, use saline nasal wash liberally, understand that you can't take decongestants for a reason or another, you might be prescribed somethi ... Read More
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Yes: All decongestants can potentially raise your heart rate as would be the first-generation antihistamines such as Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or hydroxyz ... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Visalakshi Vallury
23 years experience Family Medicine
Okay: A number of medications should be discontinued prior to allergy skin testing. Steroid nasal sprays like nasonex (mometasone) may be continued. Otriv ... Read More
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