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Adult Nasal Decongestant Medication
Which nasal decongestant medication can be used safely when I'm on Zoloft & strattera (atomoxetine) & efalex 50+ active (omega 3...)?
Possible help: You may want to try a stimulant instead of strattera. May also try lower dose of zoloft or get off this if your not depressed or anxious. You can also use a combo strattera with a stumulant (vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) is very effective but only last about 12 hours. Nasal saline is very helpful. ...Read more
What is recommended when nasal steroids, decongestants, antibiotics, and 9 mos of waiting have failed for an adult with Eustachian tube dysfunction?
Possibly: Overdosing is technically speaking when you take more of a medicine than is prescribed. If you mean, can you get a serious medical complication from overuse, the answer is that it is possible, but uncommon. Overuse of nasal decongestants like afrin can lead to insomnia, increased heart rate and nervousness. Risk of more serious side effects higher if you have hypertension or heart disease. ...Read more
For ongoing relief you really want to maintain decongestion without having to redose. Frequently, when people have allergies they benefit from allergy meds (nasal steroid and antihistamine) and possible phenylephrine decongestant that is 12-hours. It is taken once in the AM and repeated in the PM. This is ideal relief. 24-hour decongestants can dry your throat. ...Read more
Yes: These drugs are compatible. If using topical nasal decongestant follow directions on bottle as prolonged use can create problems. Oral decongestants compatible. ...Read more
How do I get relief from nasal congesgtion if I have a heart condition and can't take decongestants?
Depends: Post nasal drip is a feeling and not a clinical condition or a pathological entity. It is that abnormal feeling of mucus in the throat and it can be due to many different causes ranging from allergies, sinus infections and viruses to atypical reflux or a reaction to things that you eat and drink. I have cured more people of "postnasal drip" by having them stop drinking coffee tea and soda. ...Read more
Avamys: That is a medication sold in the phillippines. It is the same medication as that sold in the U.S. Under the prescription name of veramyst. It is a nasal steroid used for nasal allergies. ...Read more
No to decongestanats: The best decongestants are the nasal steroids, all of which require a prescription. Topical decongestants may cause damage if used for longer than 5 days. Oral decongestants can raise blood pressure even in young people in addition to the symptoms already mentioned. ...Read more
Nasal decongestants: While nasal decongestant sprays or drops can provide some temporary relief from nasal obstruction, they should not be used for more than three days (check the very small print on the bottle). If used for longer, a "rebound" effect will occur, and nasal congestion becomes worse and more difficult to treat. Additionally, longer use of nasal decongestants can permanently damage the nasal septum. ...Read more
No interactions: You can take these two medications together as there aren't any clear contraindications. ...Read more
Afrin (oxymetazoline: When used for short time frames, 3-5 days, it is very effective. Longer use causes rebound congestion that is quite problematic. ...Read more
Yes, but: Nasal decongestant sprays should not be used regularly. Oral decongestant pills can be taken with acid reducers. ...Read more
What is the difference between nasal decongestant and antihistamine? When do you use each med? Which one is better?
Allergies: A nasal decongestant can be a nasal steroid, a nasal vasoconstrictor such as afrin and an oral decongestant such as pseudoephedrine. The nasal steroid is the safest long term option. The other 2 carry significant side effects. An antihistamine helps with the sneezing, runny nose and itching symptoms. ...Read more
Is there a nasal decongestant spray that can be used daily? One that is more safe then others that you could recommend so I can ask my dr about?
If you need:
A decongestant DAILY sounds like you need an allergy evaluation!!!! You might try a "steroid" spray like Naso-cort! While it is NOT for acute decongestion it will after a while help your symptoms is allergy is the culprit!!
NB NO DECONGESTANT SPRAY SHOULD BE USED DAILY (In my opinion)
Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more
Better not: Read the labels carefully, too much decongestant nasal spray can get into your system and increase your blood pressure, besides using any nasal decongestant for long period, more than few days, isn't advisable. Saline nasal washes are helpful, you can also try OTC steroid nasal spray, but follow the instructions and don't exceed recommended dosage. If no improvement, see your doctor, best wishes ...Read more
Yes: They can be taken togetherGet a more detailed answer ›
Decongestant spray: Do not use any over the counter decongestant nasal spray more than 3 days, they are very addictive and you can end up with worse symptoms than you have now. You can use a saline nasal wash ad lib, no problems with that. But you should really get a prescription nasal spray for long term use that does not carry the side effects of otc sprays, see your doctor. ...Read more
Is it ok to use a nasal decongestant spray (4 hr version) once or twice a week randomly as needed or will that lead to congestion rebound effect?
Nasal rebound: That small amount of use will probably not cause a rebound effect. ...Read more
I've taken Zofran, oral nasal decongestant, nasal spray (not Same ingredients) &.5 Ativan. Is this ok? I don't see any interactions with them online.
Lots of meds: While classic interactions are not described for above meds I still believe you may be able to get rid of few. I assume that you have nausea, nasal congestion and anxiety? Would start by suggesting to stop the nasal decongestant and tapering the Ativan, which is high risk and habit forming. ...Read more
Can nasal spray decongestants alter sense of smell and taste? I have had a cold and now I can't smell or taste anything! My nose is no longer blocked.
The right side of my nose is very tender like if it was black and blue but isn't. This started yesterday and caused a headache. I do take an over-the-counter nasal decongestant because my nose always feels stuffed up if I don't. Yesterday morning I woke
It: It is unclear on whether your otc decongestant is a nasal spray or pill. If it is a spray, I agree with dr. Funari that useage beyond 3-5 days can lead to rebound congestion (rhinitis medicamentosa) and actually worsen your condition. If your nasal decongestant is in pill form (i.e., Pseudoephedrine containing) this will not create that type of condition. I also can not be sure where your tenderness is, but a common cause of nasal tenderness on the inside of the lower 1/3 of the nose (nostril area) is vestibulitis, or inflammation around a nasal hair follicle or oil gland. To be sure, and help with your nasal breathing difficulties, I would seek the advice of an ent. ...Read more
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