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What is the best nasal decongestant for nose block ?

What is the best nasal decongestant for nose block ?

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

Dr. Maxime Cannesson
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Phenylephrine (Definition)

Phenylephrine hydrochloride is a decongestant which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common ...Read more


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What's the best treatment for post nasal drip? I don't want to overuse decongestants.

What's the best treatment for post nasal drip? I don't want to overuse 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

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What is best approach to treating allergy-related stopped up ear(s)/eustachian probs? Antihistamine? Nasal spray? Decongestant?

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

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What's the best decongestant to use when you have a stuffy nose?

What's the best decongestant to use when you have a stuffy nose?

Decongestants: Oral Pseudoephedrine is the most effective pill, but oral phenylephrine is the most available, because you do not have to have a driver's license handy to identify yourself when purchasing it. Both can disturb sleep. So at night a lot of people choose topical decongestants, for example afrin, (oxymetazoline) Vicks spray, 4-way spray, etc. Those sprays can be addicting. Spray antihistamines work well if allergic. ...Read more

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Can somebody get an overdose of nasal decongestant?

Can somebody get an overdose of nasal decongestant?

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

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Is there a nasal decongestant that has a long-lasting effect?

Is there a nasal decongestant that has a long-lasting effect?

Decongestant: 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

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Should I use a nasal decongestant and fludocasone at the same time?

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

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It safe to take a nasal decongestant with 10mg phenylephrine while on other medication?

It safe to take a nasal decongestant with 10mg phenylephrine while on other medication?

Usually: Phenylepherine can raise blood pressure in some people. If you have high blood pressure you are better off avoiding most decongestants. The best plan is to ask your pharmacist before adding any medication, as she can check on the computer for any interactions. ...Read more

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What nasal decongestants could I use for my allergy?

What nasal decongestants could I use for my allergy?

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

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Dr. Jack Mutnick
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Nasal (Definition)

NaSal is a nasal preparation which is a kind of ...Read more


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Decongestant (Definition)

Decongestants are a kind of common ...Read more