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A 27-year-old female asked:

what otc medicine to control sinus symptoms like cough/sore throat/sinus headache can be taken safely while having a couple of beers?

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Dr. Robert Uyeda
General Surgery 45 years experience
OTC Sudafed: or nasal sprays such as Afrin should be safe, but only with moderate alcohol intake and assuming you have no medical conditions such as hypertension or take no other meds.

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