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Can I use afrin (oxymetazoline) and sudafed together?

Can I use afrin (oxymetazoline) and sudafed together?

Yes, but: I recommend that my patients use afrin for an absolute maximum of 5 days if indicated. Sudafed is ok to use at the same time, as long as you have no medical contraindications to using it (heart problems, high blood pressure, etc). See your doctor if your nasal congestion symptoms are not improved within 5 days of use of either medication. ...Read more

Dr. Louis Vernacchio
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I am flying for the first time, is it okay to take sudafed with afrin (oxymetazoline)? If so how soon should I use booth before the plane takes off and lands?

No: Both medications are considered decongestants, so you only want to take one or the other, not both. If you take the sudafed, I would take it about 30 minutes prior to flying. If you use the afrin, (oxymetazoline) it tends to start working fairly quickly, so 5-10 minutes prior to flying should be adequate. ...Read more

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Can you take either afrin nasal spray or sudafed nasal congestant with nyquil?

Can you take either afrin nasal spray or sudafed nasal congestant with nyquil?

Sparingly....: There are so many different types of nyquil. Some have decongestants, other forms of nyquil do not. Either way, I do not feel you would have a problem if afrin (oxymetazoline) used sparingly. ...Read more

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I took Sudafed, Flonase and Afrin (oxymetazoline) but getting no relief for allergy congestion, can I take Claritin on top of the other meds?

Afrin (oxymetazoline)?: You need to see an expert to determine the cause of the congestion and confirm that it is related to allergy. If you have been taking Afrin (oxymetazoline) for more than 5 days consecutively, then the persistent congestion is most likely now caused by the Afrin (oxymetazoline) (it causes sensitization and "rebound congestion"). Claritin can be added safely, but it may not be effective if underlying issue not addressed ...Read more

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I have eustachian tube dysfunction & am taking sudafed and afrin (oxymetazoline). How long will it take to clear up and when will the ringing in ears take to clear up?

I have eustachian tube dysfunction & am taking sudafed and afrin (oxymetazoline). How long will it take to clear up and when will the ringing in ears take to clear up?

Depends: Eustachian tube dysfunction can been sudden related to swimming or other pressure related changes or related chronic problems related to allergy. If you have been on those meds for over a week, you may need something stronger, so see a physician or an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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On day5 of a nasty cold. Cannot breathe out of my nose at all, smell or taste! Lots of pressure in head & ears. Sudafed & Afrin not helping. Any sugg?

On day5 of a nasty cold. Cannot breathe out of my nose at all, smell or taste! Lots of pressure in head & ears. Sudafed & Afrin not helping. Any sugg?

Cold: I would head to an urgent care center or depending on the state you reside in, attempt a consult with one of the docs for medication. Till then continue the over the counter meds, nasal wash, etc. ...Read more

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I have a horrible headache from sinus pressure I tried afrin nose spray and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) at night. I feel terrible? Would I benefit more from sudafed?

Maybe: It would be better to see some one for your problem. Afrin spray and benadryl (diphenhydramine) or not the best remedies for sinus complaints. Sudafed may help better, but you should see your physician to make sure that you are treating the right problem. ...Read more

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Will afrin (oxymetazoline) nose spray work as well as sudafed po with less risk of increased heart rate for opening up my sinuses and eustachian tubes?

Afrin (oxymetazoline): Is useful but you can only use for 3 days, otherwise you will develop rebound congestion. You can also try using a sinus rinse with a netti pot or ask your doctor about a cortisone nasal spray. Take care! ...Read more

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Deeply clogged sinuses, left ear pressure for 5 days. Used OTC sudafed and mucinex (guaifenesin) and Afrin, nothing is loosening mucous, no fever no swelling?

Deeply clogged sinuses, left ear pressure for 5 days. Used OTC sudafed and mucinex (guaifenesin) and Afrin, nothing is loosening mucous, no fever no swelling?

Tincture of time: Tincture of time.
Use a humidifier or vaporizer.
Take long showers or -- very carefully -- breathe in steam from a pot on the stove.
Drink lots of fluids, which will thin out your mucus and may help prevent your sinuses from getting blocked up.
Use a nasal saline spray – simple unmedicated salt water – to help prevent your nasal passages from drying out. ...Read more

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Hi! Can I take Sudafed and diazepam together?

Hi! Can I take Sudafed and diazepam together?

Yes but: One may stimulate you the other sedates you. Thus this combination does not make much sense even though you can take them together. What's the reason for the Sudafed since nasal steroid is far safer and works much better for nasal congestion.? ...Read more

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Can you take zyrtec (cetirizine) and sudafed together?

Can you take zyrtec (cetirizine) and sudafed together?

Yes.: Zyrtec (cetirizine) d is zyrtec (cetirizine) and sudafed combined (see ingredients on box in photo). Save money and buy the generic brand. ...Read more

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Can you take delsym (dextromethorphan) and sudafed together?

Yes: If both are not mixtures with other ingredients, you can take dextromethorpan and phenylephrine together. ...Read more

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Can I take Allegra (fexofenadine) 24-hour and Sudafed PE together?

Can I take Allegra (fexofenadine) 24-hour and Sudafed PE together?

Yes: You can take them together. Allegra (fexofenadine) 24 hour is a nonsedating antihistamine and Sudafed PE is a decongestant. This would be similar to taking allegra (fexofenadine) D. What you do not want to do is take Allegra (fexofenadine) D with sudafed, then you would get too much decongestant. Also you want to avoid decongestants if you have certain conditions like hypertension. Also don't take the sudafed at bedtime. ...Read more

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Can I take NyQuil and Sudafed together since NyQuil doesn't have a decongestant?

Can I take NyQuil and Sudafed together since NyQuil doesn't have a decongestant?

It Depends: Unfortunately, there are mult versions of Nyquil. Some contain the active ingredient in Sudafed (usually actually Sudafed PE which is phenylephrine). Other's do not. When it comes to OTC the counter meds it is as confusing and dangerous as if not more than prescriptions meds. Talk to your doc or pharmacist about the right product (s) for your specific needs and poss interaction with your presc meds ...Read more

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