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Decongestant Without Antihistamine
Yes you can: You can take both medications at the same time providing that you follow the recommended otc doses.
Yes: This combination is commercially available as an otc medicine -ask pharmacist.
No: They work together to relieve symptomsGet a more detailed answer ›
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.
What is the difference between nasal decongestant and antihistamine? When do you use each med? Which one is better?
Allergies: A nasal decongestant can be a nasal steroid, a nasal vasoconstrictor such as afrin and an oral decongestant such as pseudoephedrine. The nasal steroid is the safest long term option. The other 2 carry significant side effects. An antihistamine helps with the sneezing, runny nose and itching symptoms.
Would like to know if both antihistamine and decongestant thicken mucus. Have read some newer antihistamine (zyrtec) do not, and decongestants do not.
Dehydration: Thicker mucous is an expected response of an inflamed mucous membrane. The best way to thin the mucous is to drink lots of water.
Avoid: You want to avoid the ones that have ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) or pseudo ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate).
Do histamines (not antihistamine medications) make you drowsy? Antihistamines (no decongestants added) seem to make me more alert when allergies flare
Yes: Histamine is a substance released during an allergic attack and can cause drowsiness. Some of the older generation anti-histamine agents (like benedryl) can cause drowsiness because they can pass the "blood brain" barrier and cause a direct effect on thinking. In rare cases in adults, antihistamines can cause agitation.
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!
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.
Yes: Decongestants can be of some benefit but antihistamines in the face of infection can make sinus infections harder to treat by making your mucous thicker.
No: Decongestants reduce the swelling in the nose, but do not clear out the sinuses to the point of changing ct results. Other pathologies will be completely unaffected.
I have fluid in my ear which is causing dizziness. Which is better a decongestant or an antihistamine?
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