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Which type of nasal decongestant/ cough suppressant can I take while breastfeeding?

Which type of nasal decongestant/ cough suppressant can I take while breastfeeding?

Suggestions: Sudafed and afrin are safe decongestants, Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and nasal steroids ok for allergy symptoms. Honey is a good cough suppressant. Oral steroids for severe allergy symptoms or oral narcotics for severe cough are ok. Best to clear any meds with OB or pediatrician. ...Read more

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What decongestants are safe to take while breastfeeding?

What decongestants are safe to take while breastfeeding?

Most are safe: To start, nasal saline or netti pot. Afrin for few days is ok. As long as blood pressure is not high, sudafed is ok. Sudafed or generic Pseudoephedrine tends to work better than phenylephrine. ...Read more

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Can I take a nasal decongestant and then an acid reducer?

Can I take a nasal decongestant and then an acid reducer?

Yes, but: Nasal decongestant sprays should not be used regularly. Oral decongestant pills can be taken with acid reducers. ...Read more

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Can I take a nasal decongestant and NyQuil cold and flu together?

Can I take a nasal decongestant and NyQuil cold and flu together?

Yes just limit: Yes, it also depends on the nasal decongestant. Just don't do it for more than 3 days. ...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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Is it safe to take a nasal decongestant when I am taking my thyroid pill (levothyroxine)?

Is it safe to take a nasal decongestant
when I am taking my thyroid pill (levothyroxine)?

Yes: Yes. The decongestant may give you a slight buzz (rapid heart beat, tremor) but if your thyroid level is normal, it should not be a problem. ...Read more

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Qlear quil nasal decongestant and nyquil ok to take together??

No interactions: You can take these two medications together as there aren't any clear contraindications. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take nasal decongestants with carbamazepine?

Nasal Decongestants: Generally, there is no problem taking nasal decongestants with carbamazepine. ...Read more

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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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Can I take nasal decongestant with doxycycline?

Can I take nasal decongestant with doxycycline?

Yes: There should be no interaction between any of the nasal decongestants: whether Pseudoephedrine or phenylpropanolamine, and doxycycline. ...Read more

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I was going to take Theraflu while breastfeeding 650 mg acetaminophen 20 mg pheniramine maleate and 10 mg Phenylephrine? Thanks

I was going to take Theraflu while breastfeeding 650 mg acetaminophen 20 mg pheniramine maleate and 10 mg Phenylephrine? Thanks

No data: On safety and efficacy. Flu is a generic diagnosis. Besides vaccines for flu there is no know Rx for prevention. ...Read more

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I have had a really bad infection and am left with bad sinuses, is it advised to take nasal decongestant spray or will it make it worse?

You can, but: Don't exceed few days, then it might be worse if you continue as nasal decongestants may cause rebound congestion. Keep the saline nasal washes though, if problem continues, kindly see your doctor/ENT for evaluation, good luck ...Read more

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I take regular sudafed but its only unclogging one nostril. Are there any other nasal decongestants that are non drowsy?

Yes: The best decongestants are inhaled intranasal steroids and they are recommended for allergies. Sudafed is ok short term, the over the counter version "Afrin" can potentially cause rebound increased congestion. If this is chronic congestion, you should probably see a physician for Rx for intranasal steroids. They are non drowsy. ...Read more

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I take carbamazepine XR for epilepsy. What nasal decongestants may I take (home remedies/OTC)? Cold s/sx prevent me from sleeping. Thanks.

I take carbamazepine XR for epilepsy. What nasal decongestants may I take (home remedies/OTC)? Cold s/sx prevent me from sleeping. Thanks.

Carbamazapine : You ma use Afrin and Sufaphed products. For a more complete list of does and donuts see this: https://www.eiofnc.org/Medication_Guidelines.html ...Read more

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What decongestant, nasal spray and antibiotic should I take for mild ethmoid sinus disease?

What decongestant, nasal spray and antibiotic should I take for mild ethmoid sinus disease?

Sinus disease: This is a complex question and it depends on the severity of your symptoms and if this is a chronic problem. Chronic sinusitis is best treated with saline nasal washes. You should see your doctor if this is an acute problem for proper treatment ...Read more

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I took 2 NyQuil right before bed and after laying in bed I feel like my stuffy nose is getting worse. I hAve some DayQuil sever cold and flu with nasal decongestant, can I take one or two of those now to help break up the mucus a little or is that too mu

I took 2 NyQuil right before bed and after laying in bed I feel like my stuffy nose is getting worse. I hAve some DayQuil sever cold and flu with nasal decongestant, can I take one or two of those now to help break up the mucus a little or is that too mu

And: Stop all this over the counter. Causes some side effects like increase in bp. Now try very hot fluids to open up the sinus rest give this a few days if you get worse see your doctor. Takes several weeks to resolve. Most often viral. ...Read more

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Dr. Maxime Cannesson
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Phenylephrine (Definition)

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