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Sick with severe congestion for three days. Had a temp up until tuesday but no longer have it. Still achy have a cough. Decongestants don't work?

Sick with severe congestion for three days.  Had a temp up until tuesday but no longer have it.  Still achy have a cough. Decongestants don't work?

Viral.....: This is likely a viral infection(perhaps flu) that will run its course over the next few days. For cough and chest congestion, see your doctor (since over the counter meds not working) as you may need bronchodilator and perhaps steroid inhalers to decrease bronchospasm that may be causing the cough. For nasal congestion, perhaps saline nasal spray (over the counter); see doctor if ineffective. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more


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Evrytme i cough feels like my head is going to explode what is the best meds to take to releave the pressure already taking a cough decongestant?

Evrytme i cough feels like my head is going to explode what is the best meds to take to releave the pressure already taking a cough decongestant?

Hypertensive sinus: Sounds as if you are either using too much decongestant and raising your blood pressure or have a sinus infection or both. You should see you doctor and let him see what is really going on here. ...Read more

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Given steroids and antibiotics 2 weeks ago, finished both still congested with dark green phlegm/cough. Can't take decongestants. What can I do?

Given steroids and antibiotics 2 weeks ago, finished both still congested with dark green phlegm/cough. Can't take decongestants. What can I do?

Neti-pot: You might want to use saline rinses and mucolytics. See your local pharmacist for suggestions. Best wishes. ...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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Will taking a decongestant cough suppressant interfere with taking metformin?

Will taking a decongestant cough suppressant interfere with taking metformin?

In general, no.: Short term use of a decongestant should not have any significant effect on metformin, which is meant to be taken as a long-term medication to assist with carbohydrate metabolism. ...Read more

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What is a safe decongestant/cough suppressant to take with lisinopril?

What is a safe decongestant/cough suppressant to take with lisinopril?

Many: The best thing to do is ask your pharmacist when purchasing one, but most OTC cough meds are fine to take with the ACE inhibitor class. Interestingly, a dry cough is one of the most common side effects of the ACE medications (something to discuss with your Dr.). ...Read more

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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

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


Dr. Thomas Josa
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Decongestant (Definition)

Decongestants are a kind of common ...Read more