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Allergy Decongestant Medication
Do histamines (not antihistamine medications) make you drowsy? Antihistamines (no decongestants added) seem to make me more alert when allergies flare
Yes: Histamine is a substance released during an allergic attack and can cause drowsiness. Some of the older generation anti-histamine agents (like benedryl) can cause drowsiness because they can pass the "blood brain" barrier and cause a direct effect on thinking. In rare cases in adults, antihistamines can cause agitation. ...Read more
Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more
I get really congested due to year round allergies. I can't tolerate the decongestants. Could i try a child's dose to see if it would help?
Avoid decongestants: In general, decongestants are not really effective long-term therapies for allergies. Generally, the effects of decongestants are to constrict blood vessels, throughout the body, which really does nothing to treat the causative problem, which is inflammation related to the allergen. Antihistamines, nasal steroids, allergen avoidance, and leukotriene antagonists are more effective. ...Read more
For the past 7 yrs i've taken OTC antihist/decongestants for my allergies. It works, but i feel like i need to give my body a break/change. Advice?
Allergies: Try to determine when is the least likely time for you to have allergies and then try to stop the medications. I do believe that you need to check with an allergist especially if you have been self medicating all this time. ...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
My allergies are getting worst can i take claritin 12 hr with decongestant in the morning and at noght take the 10 mg 24hr tablet?
you may take ONE 24 hour pill per day OR TWO 12 hour pills twice a day...
If this isn't helping add an OTC NASAL CORTISONE spray!
Hope this is helpful
Dr Z ...Read more
I had horrible allergies even though I took loratadine w/ decongestant i combined it w/ cetirizone & its under control are their any bad side effects?
Overdosing Meds: Loratadine and cetirizine are both antihistamines, and carry side effects including sedation and drowsiness, among others. Increasing the dose of one agent, or combining agents, may increase the likelihood and severity of adverse effects and potential drug interactions. You should consult a physician before modifying medication instructions. ...Read more
I am taking astepro for allergies. I have been extremely congested lately. Is it safe to take a decongestant too?
Wake up every morning with nose stuffed up and filled with snot. Tried allergy meds, humidifiers, decongestants. What could be cause and/or solution?
Stuffy nose: Could be a viral infection or a sinus infection. ...Read more
I can only breath from one side of my nose. I've taken allergy meds & decongestants all my life. Is something wrong with my sinuses?
Obstruction: You may have an anatomical blockage like a deviated septum. See ENT doc for exam/recommendations. ...Read more
I have had nasal congestion for almost a month that has not gone away. I have taken allergy meds, sprays, and nasal decongestants. None have helped.
Nasal congestion: Was this precipitated by a cold(URI) or allergies? Any history of chemicals inhaled which are irritants like paints, glues, or diesel exhaust. Is your environment dry in your home? As you can see there may be an underlying factor contributing to this. Another more obvious thing would be nasal trauma. You need ENT exam with fiberoptic scope to check you out and put together a treatment plan. ...Read more
I periodically get very bad pressure in my ears. Pain meds/decongestants/steroids have not worked. No allergies. Goes away after 1wk on its own. Help?
My wife has been suffering from severe congestion due to allergies for the past week or two. We have tried using Zyrtec D, and separately Benedryl with Sudafed decongestant without relief. Her congestion seems to be at its worst in the evening, and last
Nasal steroid: Nasal steroid will likely be more effective but takes a few days of regular use to get optimal results. If still having problem, consult an allergist. ...Read more
I like to start with hypertonic nasal saline nose sprays to help reduce congestion without medications. Pseudoephedrine ok short time. OTC nasacort (triamcinolone) also good if allergies the cause. This article may help - but if not improved soon or worsens see your MD.
http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/drugs-procedures-devices/over-the-counter/decongestants-otc-relief-for-congestion.html ...Read more
My doctor told me not to take antihistamines before allergy test but I've been taking nasonex (mometasone) and Otrivin decongestant is that ok?
Okay: A number of medications should be discontinued prior to allergy skin testing. Steroid nasal sprays like nasonex (mometasone) may be continued. Otrivine is a nasal decongestant which should only be used for temporary relief of symptoms may be continued. Escitalopram and inhalers and nebulizers may be continued. ...Read more
Okay to take a decongestant (400mg guaifenesin + 10mg phenylephrine hcl) while I am doing an allergy patch test? Nose is stuffy, congestion in lungs.
The meds won't: Affect the patch testing. Take care!Get a more detailed answer ›
What is best approach to treating allergy-related stopped up ear(s)/eustachian probs? Antihistamine? Nasal spray? Decongestant?
Nasal sprays: Initially you want to start off with nasal corticosteroid nasal sprays. If this alleviates the symptoms then you do not need to do anything else. However, if you have some relief, then try as needed decongestant. ...Read more
I wake up with my ears plugged up because i'm congested due to allergies. Decongestants/stimulants make me jittery/shaky/anxious/high heart rate.
Allergies: Rather than using decongestants which can cause side effects that you've noticed, try an antihistamine if you don't have any contraindications. Otc examples include Loratadine & diphenhydramine. Be sure to chat w/your family doc. Sometimes Normal Saline nasal sprays (not afrin or neosynephrine) & steroid nasal sprays can be useful. Also sinus flushes/washes, too. ...Read more
Nose congestion/sore throat/sweating for 13 days. I have no temp. or allergies. Nose sprays/steam/decongestants no help. What could it be? What next?
What next-->ENT eval: Almost 2 weeks and no relief. See the specialist and get treated well. Good luck. ...Read more
I have bad allerigies sometimes. Cetirizine stopped working so i take zyrtec (cetirizine) d. I heard u cnt take decongestants too long. Wat are longterm treatments?
Can I take an alergy medicine with a decongestant such as zytec d while in myfirst trimester of pregnancy?
It depends: Medications are generally discouraged during the first trimester as there is a lack of human studies. Zyrtec (cetirizine) is a class b drug in pregnancy which means that there are some animal studies that demonstrate safety but no human studies. Pseudoephedrine is a class c drug which means that safety has not been demonstrated in animals nor humans. So the answer is it depends on your risk tolerance and sx. ...Read more
My 6 month old baby has been nose congested for 3 months now & snores at night, tried humidifier, saline drops, is it allegies? Can he take decongestant?
Not the best: Over the counter cold medicines are no longer recommended for children, because studies have not shown that they really help, and they often cause side effects. You should see your child's doctor to figure this out since it has lasted so long. It would be unusual to have this much trouble with allergies so young but there is a simple ige blood test to check for allergies. ...Read more
I take the antihistamine cetirizine but a allergies have turned into a bit of a cold.. Can i take a medicine that has phenylephrine and acetamenophin.
I am wanted to conceive this month. i am taking allergy medicine of EBASTINE AND PHENYLEPHRINE HYDROCHLORIDE. Is it affect my conceive?
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