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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?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
Decongestant: If you do not have high blood pressure or other contraindications to decongestants, you can try phenylephrine contained in certain combination antihistamines, when necessary. Better yet, sterile saline spray or Cortaid nasal spray and I understand Flonase is OTC as well. Do not use Afrin or similar sprays for more than 3 days in a row to avoid rebound congestion, addiction, mucosal damage. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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