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Dr. Doanh Nguyen
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Is it possible for me to take a decongestant and an antihistamine together?

Dr. Doanh Nguyen
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Is it possible for me to take a decongestant and an antihistamine together?

Yes you can: You can take both medications at the same time providing that you follow the recommended otc doses. ...Read more

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


Dr. Michael Zacharisen
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Can i take an antihistamine and a decongestant at the same time?

Dr. Michael Zacharisen
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Can i take an antihistamine and a decongestant at the same time?

Yes: Many allergy medications already combine an antihistamine with a decongestant. These include Claritin d, Allegra d, zyrtec d, etc. The d stands for decongestant. ...Read more

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Dr. David Astrachan
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Is it safe to take an antihistamine and a decongestant everyday to help combat chronic sinus infections?

Dr. David Astrachan
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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

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Dr. Andrew Murphy
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Please tell me, could a antihistamine and a decongestant be taken together?

Dr. Andrew Murphy
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Please tell me, could a antihistamine and a decongestant be taken together?

Yes: This combination is commercially available as an otc medicine -ask pharmacist. ...Read more

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Dr. John Chiu
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Are there any antihistamines or decongestants you can take that will not raise your heart rate?

Dr. John Chiu
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Are there any antihistamines or decongestants you can take that will not raise your heart rate?

Yes: All decongestants can potentially raise your heart rate as would be the first-generation antihistamines such as Benadryl or hydroxyzine. The new-generation antihistamine such as fexofenadine or Loratadine is not expected to affect the heart rate. ...Read more

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Dr. Laura Anissian
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What antihistamine or decongestant can I take that will affect my heart rate the LEAST?

Dr. Laura Anissian
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What antihistamine or decongestant can I take that will affect my heart rate the LEAST?

Avoid: You want to avoid the ones that have ephedrine or pseudo ephedrine. ...Read more

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Dr. Visalakshi Vallury
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My doctor told me not to take antihistamines before allergy test but I've been taking nasonex and Otrivin decongestant is that ok?

Dr. Visalakshi Vallury
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My doctor told me not to take antihistamines before allergy test but I've been taking nasonex and Otrivin decongestant is that ok?

Okay: A number of medications should be discontinued prior to allergy skin testing. Steroid nasal sprays like nasonex 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

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Dr. Al Hegab
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What can I take for congested nose and ears with blocked eustachian tubes. Its been 6 weeks and I can't take decongestants n I've tried antihistamine?

Dr. Al Hegab
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See your doctor: In the interim, use saline nasal wash liberally, understand that you can't take decongestants for a reason or another, you might be prescribed something locally like intranasal steroid spray, also you might need an antibiotic, check with your doctor, goodluck ...Read more

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Dr. John Chiu
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Dry eyes. Can't take decongestant or antihistamine for sinus infection. Will Sinoclear serve the purpose of unclogging sinus n post nasal drip?

Dr. John Chiu
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Dry eyes. Can't take decongestant or antihistamine for sinus infection. Will Sinoclear serve the purpose of unclogging sinus n post nasal drip?

Decongestant?: Although antihistamine dries up the nose, decongestant does not. If the decongestant action is needed for just a few days, you may try Afrin nasal spray 2x daily for up to 5 days. A nasal steroid will likely work better if you have allergies. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Knox
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What is the best decongestant and antihistamine combination OTC medication?

Dr. Robert Knox
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What is the best decongestant and antihistamine combination OTC medication?

OTC Antihistamine: I prefer zyrtec d, but Allegra d and Claritin d are both acceptable. ...Read more

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Antihistamine (Definition)

Sedating and non-sedating antihistamines prevent and treat allergic reactions, and are ...Read more


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