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Dr. Thomas Josa
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Decongestant (Overview)

Decongestants are a kind of common cold or symptom drug.


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Please what are decongestants? And what is a sinus? Thanks a lot

Please what are decongestants? And what is a sinus? Thanks a lot

Sinus air filters: Your sinuses are air filtering chambers, they are behind your cheekbones and behind your forehead and nose. They filter the air that you breathe in and remove allergens. Sometimes when people have allergies or infection the sinuses get very congested. Decongestants are medications that can decrease the congestion in the sinuses. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Josa
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Decongestant (Overview)

Decongestants are a kind of common cold or symptom drug.


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Do all topical decongestants cause rebound congestion?

Do all  topical decongestants cause rebound congestion?

Yes.: All nasal spray and drop decongestants cause rebound nasal congestion if used for too long. ...Read more

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I was prescribed some antihistamines and over-the-counter decongestants.. is it serious?

I was prescribed some antihistamines and over-the-counter decongestants.. is it serious?

Need More Info: It is probably not serious, but you cannot determine the seriousness of a disease just by knowing the recommended medications. I do not usually give my patients decongestants for long term use due to side effects like insomnia, agitation, elevated blood pressure, and heart rate. They are ok for short term use or when you are sick for a few days. ...Read more

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Aside from afrin, what are other effective nasal decongestants?

Aside from afrin, what are other effective nasal decongestants?

Nasal decongestants: While nasal decongestant sprays or drops can provide some temporary relief from nasal obstruction, they should not be used for more than three days (check the very small print on the bottle). If used for longer, a "rebound" effect will occur, and nasal congestion becomes worse and more difficult to treat. Additionally, longer use of nasal decongestants can permanently damage the nasal septum. ...Read more

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I've been getting sinus headaches for over a week now. Decongestants work for a few hours but nothing really works what shall I do now???

I've been getting sinus headaches for over a week now. Decongestants work for a few hours but nothing really works what shall I do now???

Sinus infection: it sound like you might need some abx for a sinus infection. if you can't or won't take abx, you can do sinus rinses 2-3 times per day. those will get rid of a sinus infection as well, it will just take more time. ...Read more

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Pt taking clonazepam...Whats a safe decongestant?

Pt taking clonazepam...Whats a safe decongestant?

any OTC: If you tolerate clonazepam, then i think any over the counter decongestant would be ok to try. The hardest part is looking through the aisle with cold and allergy meds to find just the decongestant, not a combination of different products together--don't hesitate to ask your pharmacist for help. ...Read more

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Which nasal decongestant medication can be used safely when i'm on Zoloft & strattera (atomoxetine) & efalex 50+ active (omega 3...) ?

Which nasal decongestant medication can be used safely when i'm on Zoloft & strattera (atomoxetine) & efalex 50+ active (omega 3...) ?

Possible help: You may want to try a stimulant instead of strattera. May also try lower dose of zoloft or get off this if your not depressed or anxious. You can also use a combo strattera with a stumulant (vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) is very effective but only last about 12 hours. Nasal saline is very helpful. ...Read more

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What should I do about complete blockage of one side of my nose? I've been taking anti-inflammatories and decongestants all day but nothing is helping

What should I do about complete blockage of one side of my nose? I've been taking anti-inflammatories and decongestants all day but nothing is helping

Anatomical : You need to see an ENT specialist, it sounds like there may be an anatomical etiology causing this, ie deviated septum or something similar. ...Read more

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Side effects of sudafed decongestant?

Palpitations, rapid: Heart beat, dryness of mouth, dizziness and at times agitation. It may also cause tiredness/sleepiness in some. ...Read more

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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

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Is there a nasal decongestant that has a long-lasting effect?

Is there a nasal decongestant that has a long-lasting effect?

Decongestant: For ongoing relief you really want to maintain decongestion without having to redose. Frequently, when people have allergies they benefit from allergy meds (nasal steroid and antihistamine) and possible phenylephrine decongestant that is 12-hours. It is taken once in the AM and repeated in the PM. This is ideal relief. 24-hour decongestants can dry your throat. ...Read more

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Decongestant- phenylephrine. Bp med - inderal. Antidepressants- Zoloft and wellbutrin (bupropion). And synthroid. I had asked the ? About decongestant dosage

Decongestant- phenylephrine. Bp med - inderal. Antidepressants- Zoloft and wellbutrin (bupropion). And synthroid. I had asked the ? About decongestant dosage

Decongestant: We need all the pertinent info together in one question since these questions do not appear sequentially. There are several drug interactions among the current meds. Decongestants interact with BP meds like Inderal (propranolol) & lessen their effect, resulting (possibly) in higher blood pressure. Your pcp can determine what dose will least effect BP & still produce the desired decongesting effect. ...Read more

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Can somebody get an overdose of nasal decongestant?

Can somebody get an overdose of nasal decongestant?

Possibly: Overdosing is technically speaking when you take more of a medicine than is prescribed. If you mean, can you get a serious medical complication from overuse, the answer is that it is possible, but uncommon. Overuse of nasal decongestants like afrin can lead to insomnia, increased heart rate and nervousness. Risk of more serious side effects higher if you have hypertension or heart disease. ...Read more

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Are there any prescription decongestants? Don't do well tolerating pseudofed.

Decongestants: Many over the counter medications contain phenylephrine instead of pseudoephedrine. You can try this instead to see if you tolerate it any better. ...Read more

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What is the best OTC decongestant?

No specific one: There are numerous otc products available, but since no comparative controlled studies are, to my knowledge, available, it is impossible to say which is best. ...Read more

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Any natural non-ephedra decongestants?

Decongestant: Any food that will cause a runny nose will naturally decongest. Ie peppers, curry, wasabi, soup. Hot steam in a shower is also an effective aid to congestion. ...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