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Is it ok to take cold medicine just for the decongestant effects?

Is it ok to take cold medicine just for the decongestant effects?

Yes, but...: ...You never want to take more medication than you need. The other ingredients will likely not be harmful, but cough suppressants and antihistamines can make you tired and slow your reflexes, and the pain relievers can hurt your liver if you're also taking other pain relievers that will add to your total dose. Decongestants alone are also available from your pharmacist without a prescription. ...Read more

Dr. Maxime Cannesson
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I am taking cold medicine with a decongestant and my BP was about 10 pts higher than normal. I that ok?

I am taking cold medicine with a decongestant and my BP was about 10 pts higher than normal. I that ok?

Cold med: BP should be under 130/80. If you took pseudophed it can raise bp. If it's raising BP toom much you should avoid it. ...Read more

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My 2 year old has a stuffy runny nose. Is it safe for her to take children's cold medicine with decongestant now that she is over two years?

My 2 year old has a stuffy runny nose. Is it safe for her to take children's cold medicine with decongestant now that she is over two years?

Safe or worthwhile?: Many studies over the past decade have shown no benefit of these preparations to kids under 12. They are actually discouraged for anyone under 6 because of the frequency of ER visits associated with overuse. They used to be prescription meds decades ago but in truth really just give you something to do. ...Read more

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My son is 2 years, 9 months and 35 pounds. Can I give childrens cold medicine containing guafenesin 100mg, dextrmethorphan HBr 5mg, phenylephrine 2.5?

My son is 2 years, 9 months and 35 pounds. Can I give childrens cold medicine containing guafenesin 100mg, dextrmethorphan HBr 5mg, phenylephrine 2.5?

Mgt: At this age I would not advise any over the counter medication. Instead, you son may benefit from nasal saline rinses. This will help to keep the nasal passages clear. ...Read more

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Can I take amoxycilin clav 875-125mg with common cold medicine acetaminophen/dextromethorphan/phenylephrine to lessen the effects of throat infection?

Can I take amoxycilin clav 875-125mg with common cold medicine acetaminophen/dextromethorphan/phenylephrine to lessen the effects of throat infection?

Antibiotics URI: No interactions between these meds. There is no evidence to support the use of antibiotics in the treatment of the common cold. Antibiotic treatment causes more harm than benefit. Antibiotics should only be used for bacterial pharyngitis (strep throat). The most common causes of pharyngitis are viral agents. Bacterial coinfections may occur. A rapid strep test or culture can confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What do you do next when sinus decongestant medicine does not work?

What do you do next when sinus decongestant medicine does not work?

2 answers: First, consider that sinus congestion, which is often viral and (non-infectious) post-viral inflammation, takes time to get better. Second, if you're getting worse, develop fever, express pus (often greenish) from you nose, or have progressive facial pain, there may be superimposed bacterial infection requiring an antibiotic. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Why doesn't a decongestant restore my sense of smell with a bad cold?

Why doesn't a decongestant restore my sense of smell with a bad cold?

AURI: Decongestants dry secretions from your nose when you have colds but it takes a few days before restoring your sense of smell because auri last a few days. ...Read more

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Can you become constipated from using a decongestant for a head cold?

Can you become constipated from using a decongestant for a head cold?

Yes. Decongestants: And antihistamines can dry * everything* out including your GI tract which can cause constipation. Anything that causes a dry mouth can cause constipation. ...Read more

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What are the best decongestants for colds?

What are the best decongestants for colds?

Topical decongestant: The long-acting OTC decongestant nasal spray will likely work the best. However do not use this for more than 5 days else you may end up hooked to the spray which is not healthy for your nose. ...Read more

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What's the best over the counter decongestants that also helps with common cold symptoms?

What's the best over the counter decongestants that also helps with common cold symptoms?

Try pseudoephedrine: Or Zyrtec or neo synephrine nasal spray, as long you don't have any other medical problems such as hypertension. ...Read more

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Is it okay to combine expectorants, antihistamines, & decongestants in one dose? Any drug interactions?

Yes: There is no problem with interactions but one should be concerned about the decongestant which may raise your blood pressure and cause insomnia. ...Read more

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Is it ok to drink alcohol while taking benalin cough&cold and if not what decongestant can I drink alcohol with?

Is it ok to drink alcohol while taking benalin cough&cold and if not what decongestant can I drink alcohol with?

Not recommended: Using dextromethorphan (active ingredient in benylin) together with alcohol can increase nervous system side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, and difficulty concentrating. Some people may also experience impairment in thinking and judgment. You should avoid or limit the use of alcohol. Don't risk hurting yourself, or others. Good health! ...Read more

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Can I take an alergy medicine with a decongestant such as zytec d while in myfirst trimester of pregnancy?

Can I take an alergy medicine with a decongestant such as zytec d while in myfirst trimester of pregnancy?

It depends: Medications are generally discouraged during the first trimester as there is a lack of human studies. Zyrtec (cetirizine) is a class b drug in pregnancy which means that there are some animal studies that demonstrate safety but no human studies. Pseudoephedrine is a class c drug which means that safety has not been demonstrated in animals nor humans. So the answer is it depends on your risk tolerance and sx. ...Read more

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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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Hello, I have had a cold for 7 days now. My nasal passages are almost completely swelled up. Decongestants and sprays are not helping at all. Any ideas?

See your doctor: You are already maxed up on self treatment, and you had it for week now, you may be congested because of the continuous use of decongestants! Yes that can be a cause. Till you see your doctor, keep doing saline nasal washes, good luck ...Read more

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Can nasal spray decongestants alter sense of smell and taste? I have had a cold and now I can't smell or taste anything! My nose is no longer blocked.

Probably the cold: The sprays and decongestants usually do not have any effect on smell and taste. Its usually the cold virus that can cause inflammation in the upper nose leading to decreased sense of smell and then decreased taste. See an ENT doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Very thick sticky post nasal drip post cold. Dark yellow to white. Can’t use decongestant because of arrhythmia. Have been trying saline. Not helping?

Very thick sticky post nasal drip post cold. Dark yellow to white. Can’t use decongestant because of arrhythmia. Have been trying saline. Not helping?

Duration?: If this has been present for more than 10 days, you likely have a bacterial sinusitis. Consult your doctor. In the meanwhile try saline irrigation. ...Read more

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Advil (ibuprofen) cold and sinus decongestant- says not to take with asthma? I don't have high BP or anything but I have asthma is this safe to take?

Advil (ibuprofen) cold and sinus decongestant- says not to take with asthma? I don't have high BP or anything but I have asthma is this safe to take?

True: Decongestants tend to make secretions thicker and more difficult to bring up. Asthma causes thick secretions and increasing fluids and promoting coughing is a good thing. Never suppress a cough with asthma. It is best to use asthma medications. All the best and be seen for your symptoms. ...Read more

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I've had a cold for a week, its getting better but now my ear hurts? Can't take decongestant due to heart issues. What to do?

I've had a cold for a week, its getting better but now my ear hurts? Can't take decongestant due to heart issues. What to do?

Time to see MD: You need to have someone examine you --look in your ears to see if you have developed an ear infection, check your throat, etc. With your heart situation, don't take chances; if you think it's possible you may have an ear infection, go get seen right away. ...Read more

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Went to doctor he told me I had upper resp infection aka cold gave me cough syrup and nasal decongestant. At night I am havin trouble sleeping can't sleep unless I prop my self up on the couch cause it feels like something is caught in throat. Now the

Went to doctor he told me I had upper resp infection aka cold gave me cough syrup and nasal decongestant. At night I am havin trouble sleeping can't sleep unless I prop my self up on the couch cause it feels like something is caught in throat. Now the

Visit: Visit your doctor and look for these things:
- reflux disease
- sleep apnea or other sleep disorders
- asthma, cough variant asthma
- possible chf
i would start with complete pulmonary function tests, cxr, and then a sleep study with empirical treatment for reflux disease for a few weeks. If you smoke or consume alcohol, I strongly recommend to stop these.

Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I have been having bronchi for at least month. Ear infection, then cold appeared. On Medrol (methylprednisolone) and decongestants, proair inhaler, but can't cough up phlegm?

I have been having bronchi for at least month. Ear infection, then cold appeared. On Medrol (methylprednisolone) and decongestants, proair inhaler, but can't cough up phlegm?

Chronic cough: A chronic cough needs to be seen by your internist or pulmonary docotr and/or ent, a cxr, asthma testing, blood test, test for whooping cough and fungal infection and make sure you don't have reflux or allergies, one shoulg not be using proair continuosly for one month. ...Read more

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Cold with ear congestion, for 2 weeks now decongestants, ear popping not working need help please?

Cold with ear congestion, for 2 weeks now decongestants, ear popping not working need help please?

Eustachian tube: The ear popping is likely do to transient opening of a eustachian tube that has swollen do to the cold. That will often trap mucous in the middle ear and reduce hearing while it is there. This can take a few weeks to clear up but should do some over time. If it becomes painful or you run fever, have your doc see if it became infected. ...Read more

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My friend has a head cold and chest congestion. He has g6pd. What OTC decongestants are safe for him to take?

My friend has a head cold and chest congestion. He has g6pd. What OTC decongestants are safe for him to take?

OTC medications are: Heavily marketed to the public, but data suggests they do little if anything to alter the course of illnesses they are marketed toward. Some symptomatic relief may be achieved, but is generally short-lived. A more effective approach, with no risk to a g6pd patient, are the old standbys, rest, hydration, humidified air and time. This said, most otc meds are low risk. See g6pd. Org for specifics. ...Read more

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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!

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!

? bronchitis,: Reactive airways disease, or sinusitis due to the cold that you had, causing the dry cough, you need to see your doctor for assessment, possibly Rx medications are needed as bronchodilators and may be antibiotics, best wishes ...Read more

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Why can not use antihistamines and decongestants in patient with thyroid disease? What is the machanism of action? What medicine can use to relief?

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: 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

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Do over-the-counter medicines like decongestants labeled as "non-drowsy" make sleeping more difficult?

Do over-the-counter medicines like decongestants labeled as "non-drowsy" make sleeping more difficult?

Yes: That's a common side effect, kindly read the labels carefully, also shouldn't take the decongestants if you have high blood pressure or a cardiac problem, best wishes ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Josa
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Decongestant (Definition)

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