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A 40-year-old female asked:

bad allergies x 3 days. i take allegra, and benadryl (diphenhydramine) at night. i am very congested and can't sleep. is there a decongestant okay to take with high bp?

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Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 57 years experience
No: It is not a good idea to take decongestant when you have hypertension. Consider an otc nasal steroid to see if it helps (may take a few days). If not, see your doctor or an allergist.
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu commented
Allergy and Immunology 57 years experience
Provided original answer
Nasal antihistamine is often effective in decongesting your nose without affecting your BP. There is also a product combining both steroid and antihistamine. Failing that, a trial with a leukotriene receptor blocker may be considered.
Apr 2, 2014

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