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It safe to take a nasal decongestant with 10mg phenylephrine while on other medication?

It safe to take a nasal decongestant with 10mg phenylephrine while on other medication?

Usually: Phenylepherine can raise blood pressure in some people. If you have high blood pressure you are better off avoiding most decongestants. The best plan is to ask your pharmacist before adding any medication, as she can check on the computer for any interactions. ...Read more

Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Dimetapp (Definition)

Dimetapp is a brand name of a cold medicine that contains brompheniramine and pseudoephedrine. Brompheniramine is an antihistamine that prevents sneezing, itchy watery eyes and nose; and other symptoms of allergies and hay fever. Pseudoephedrine is a decongestant, which reduces the blood flow to certain areas and allows nasal ...Read more


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Do histamines (not antihistamine medications) make you drowsy? Antihistamines (no decongestants added) seem to make me more alert when allergies flare

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. ...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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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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I have a 6 month old and his dr told me he could take 1/4 t spoon od dimetapp dm is this true he is coughing so hard he is pukeing?

I have a 6 month old and his dr told me he could take 1/4 t spoon od dimetapp dm is this true he is coughing so hard he is pukeing?

Stop the: Dimetapp dm. He may be wheezing or just plain post nasal drainage causing him to be coughing from runny nose and allergies. Get your baby checked out again ...Read more

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I get really congested due to year round allergies. I can't tolerate the decongestants. Could I try a child's dose to see if it would help?

I get really congested due to year round allergies. I can't tolerate the decongestants. Could I try a child's dose to see if it would help?

Avoid decongestants: In general, decongestants are not really effective long-term therapies for allergies. Generally, the effects of decongestants are to constrict blood vessels, throughout the body, which really does nothing to treat the causative problem, which is inflammation related to the allergen. Antihistamines, nasal steroids, allergen avoidance, and leukotriene antagonists are more effective. ...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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Hello my favorite doctors! Just wondering if the clairitin that doesn't have the decongestant in it keepsyou awake as well? I've heard this complaint.

Hello my favorite doctors! Just wondering if the clairitin that doesn't have the decongestant in it keepsyou awake as well? I've heard this complaint.

Unlikely: Claritin (loratadine) is considered a non-sedating antihistamine. By package insert it is associated with 7% sedation. Higher doses and taking medication that slows the metabolism of loratadine such as erythromycin, cimetidine (Tagamet) or ketoconazole can cause sedation even with 1 tablet. Rarely, it is an upper, but this is unusual. ...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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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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What is the natural equivalent to a decongestant?

What is the natural equivalent to a decongestant?

Neti pots can: Reduce nasal congestion. Mix ¼ tsp salt w 1 cup lukewarm water. More salt can also be used. Place solution in neti pot. Tilt head & pour solution into 1 nostril. Blow nose lightly & spit out any liquid that drains into throat. Repeat on other side. This can be done in the evening before you go to bed & again in the morning. You can watch a video online to get the finer details down. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: dimetapp?

What is the definition or description of: dimetapp?

Cold medicine: Dimetapp is a brand name of a cold medicine that contains brompheniramine and pseudoephedrine. Brompheniramine is an antihistamine that prevents sneezing, itchy watery eyes and nose; and other symptoms of allergies and hay fever. Pseudoephedrine is a decongestant, which reduces the blood flow to certain areas and allows nasal passages to open up. ...Read more

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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

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Is hydromet syrup a decongestant?

Yes and no: Hydromet contains both a cough suppressant and an agent that reduces mucous which may be exactly what you need but it won't unblock a stuffy nose so technically it's not a decongestant. Phenylephrine and Pseudoephedrine are the only oral decongestant ingredients available in the US. ...Read more

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Is it ok to give a decongestant to a 2yr old?

Is it ok to give a decongestant to a 2yr old?

No.: Decongestants are vasoconstrictors. They get absorbed from the nose to the bloodstream causing rise in the pulse and blood pressure and vasoconstriction to the coronaries and the brain with possibility of stroke, heart attacks, cardiac arrhyhmias. If desperate because child cannot breath through the nose use nasal saline or talk to the pediatrician to decide. After age two most medicines are allowed. ...Read more

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What is the best sympathomimetic decongestant?

Pseudoephedrine: Sudafed is the best I think. It is available as an otc but behind the pharmacy counter, not on the shelf. Not indicated for people with high BP or palpitations or heart disease. ...Read more

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What are natural decongestants for spring allergies?

Yes but: A Chinese herb name Ma Huang had been used for asthma and has some decongestant effect. However this is like taking pseudoephedrine and the side effects are considered unacceptable. ...Read more

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Why isn't my nasal decongestant working?

Uncertain: May be due to anatomic blockage. Possibly nasal polyps. Should get seen by an ent. ...Read more

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Is it safe to give a 2month old dimetapp?

Is it safe to give a 2month old dimetapp?

I never would: A 2 mo is dependent on their nasal passages to breathe. The don't routinely use their open mouth to augment breathing until 4-6m. Dimetapp and similar drugs (once prescription meds) work by drying secretions, thickening the buggers, making any drainage in a babies nose thicker. Useing this is one way to make it harder for them to breathe. Nasal saline washout is the best Rx for a 2 mo. ...Read more

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What's a good non-prescription decongestant?

Pseudoephedrine: However, don’t use them longer than seven days. Using them longer can actually make your nose more stopped up and you're probably dealing with something more severe than allergies or a common cold. Good luck. ...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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What decongestants are safe to take while breastfeeding?

What decongestants are safe to take while breastfeeding?

Most are safe: To start, nasal saline or netti pot. Afrin for few days is ok. As long as blood pressure is not high, sudafed is ok. Sudafed or generic Pseudoephedrine tends to work better than phenylephrine. ...Read more

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What's the difference between decongestant and expectorant?

Definitions: A decongestant prevents fluid from accumulating in a cavity of the body, as a paranasal sinus. An expectorant make sputum more liquid in order to allow you to cough it out. ...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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Should I take Claritin (loratadine) with 12 hour decongestant?

Should I take Claritin (loratadine) with 12 hour decongestant?

Why not?: There is no reason why not as long as you need it. ...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