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A 62-year-old female asked:

I have high blood pressure i have asthma can i take a decongestant for a cough expectorant?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. K. Mujib Haque
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Short term :yes : Yes for a short time you may take decongestants. Not recommended for an extended treatment. Treat underlying asthma with inhaled steroids, bronchodilators. See your doctor for any prolonged symptoms.
Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Dr. Jan Lei Iwataanswered
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Best to ask doctor: what inhaler you need that will help reduce coughing and improve asthma. If you do need it for a cold or other reason, go for a expectorant without decongestant instead, so it won't affect your blood pressure. Check with your doctor first! For example, guaifenisin by itself is an expectorant, and will help reduce coughing by what it does in in the gut. However, not if you have cough from asthma.
Dr. Ali Saberi
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Avoid D formulations: They have substances that will lead to rise in adrenaline or mimicking adrenaline which can lead to higher BP and heart rate. Simple Mucinex (guaifenesin) would work just fine

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