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Antihistamine Vs Decongestant
Need More Info: It is probably not serious, but you cannot determine the seriousness of a disease just by knowing the recommended medications. I do not usually give my patients decongestants for long term use due to side effects like insomnia, agitation, elevated blood pressure, and heart rate. They are ok for short term use or when you are sick for a few days. ...Read more
Yes you can: You can take both medications at the same time providing that you follow the recommended otc doses. ...Read more
Yes: This combination is commercially available as an otc medicine -ask pharmacist. ...Read more
No: They work together to relieve symptomsGet a more detailed answer ›
Yes but not likely: Some antihistamines may thicken the mucous. Oral decongestants don't cause much in the way of tolerance. It is more likely that your condition itself has gotten worse or become complicated by infection perhaps. ...Read more
For part of the year: In people (of all ages) with significant allergy, nasal steroid medications, such as fluticasone, are the most potent. They are quite safe for children. Non-sedating antihistamines are safe too. Oral decongestants are ok for short periods of time; nasal, no more than 5 days. The nose should be rinsed with saline before fluticasone. If your son needs meds more than 3 months/year, see an allergist. ...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
Would like to know if both antihistamine and decongestant thicken mucus. Have read some newer antihistamine (zyrtec) do not, and decongestants do not.
Dehydration: Thicker mucous is an expected response of an inflamed mucous membrane. The best way to thin the mucous is to drink lots of water. ...Read more
Avoid: You want to avoid the ones that have ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) or pseudo ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate). ...Read more
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
What's better to get rid of fluid in ear, antihistamine or decongestant? Tried nasal sprays but they don't work and seem to make me dizzy
Fluid in the middle ear is more common in children but can happen sometime in adults. It is usually due to drainage problem in Eustachian tube and Decongestants oral or Steroid nasal drops will help clear it,
In children it does clears up in most cases and if persists and causing Hearing loss sometimes we put tubes in the drum to drain the fluid
Some will recommend Antihistamines if there is allerg ...Read more
Dry eyes. Can't take decongestant or antihistamine for sinus infection. Will Sinoclear serve the purpose of unclogging sinus n post nasal drip?
After a head cold for a week I'm left with a dry, unproductive cough. I've tried decongestants, antihistamines, expectorant, and nothing helps. Help!
Why can not use antihistamines and decongestants in patient with thyroid disease? What is the machanism of action? What medicine can use to relief?
Decongestants may complicate and exacerbate hyperthyroid states. In general I do not recommend oral decongestants to any age group as there is a higher risk of cardiovascular disease with decongestant use.
Antihistamines alone may be used in thyroid disease in general. ...Read more
Yes: Decongestants can be of some benefit but antihistamines in the face of infection can make sinus infections harder to treat by making your mucous thicker. ...Read more
No: Decongestants reduce the swelling in the nose, but do not clear out the sinuses to the point of changing ct results. Other pathologies will be completely unaffected. ...Read more
Is it safe to take an antihistamine and a decongestant everyday to help combat chronic sinus infections?
In general, yes: Improving nasal function will decrease the incidence and severity of sinusitis. If you are allergic and congested then a combination of an antihistamine decongestant can be of help. So can intranasal steroids and other measures. If you have recurrent infections an allergy evaluation and a good ENT evaluation can be of great benefit. ...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
Lingering post nasal drip/white after cold for 2 months Used Antibiotics decongestant saline rinse antihistamine just began steroid spray yet persists?
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
Winter season, stuffy nose/moderate/white mucus (2 months), with sneezing and fatigue. Tried antihistamines and decongestants with little to no avail.
Is it o.K. To use a decongestant (like sudafed) and an antihistamine (like coricidin) at the same time? I have had a cold for two weeks with no fever. The last couple of days I have had to blow my nose literally about once every two minutes. I have trie
According: According to drugs. Com, there are no listed interactions between Coricidin and pseudoephendrine. However, some formulations of either one depending on brand can contain acetaminophen. You may want to double check your medications to see if they contain Acetaminophen and the amount so you are not taking too much if you take boths meds together. Also, if it's been 2 weeks and you are not any better, you should consider seeing your doctor to make sure you don't have a sinus infection causing your prolonged symptoms. Good luck! ...Read more
Sinus issues for months. Ige, cbc, wbc, sinus xray normal. Have tried decongestant, sinus rinse, steroid spray, antihistamine. Now what?
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