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A 68-year-old female asked:

What over-the-counter meds can an elderly dementia patient take for head congestion?

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Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
Simple is best: Start with saline nasal spray and/or a vaporizer (cool mist if kids or other burn risk). Next step is afrin or similar nasal spray decongestant, which usually has minimal impact on other medical issues. Oral meds should be ok with your dr or pharmacist.
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 25 years experience
Avoid dry mouth se: If dry mouth is on the side effects listed consult your pharmacist or physician before taking it. The medicine gaufenesin can help unclog and loosen mucus from congestion. Asking the pharmacist to help you while mentioning you want to avoid anything anticholinergic. Also if there are problems after something is taken avoid that in future.

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