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Dr. Justin Greiwe Dr. Greiwe
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
8 years in practice
University of Toledo College of Medicine
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Nasal congestion, sneezing. Taking Flonase, antihistamine and pain relief. Looks like a big bump blocking nasal package. What could it be?

Nasal congestion, sneezing. Taking Flonase, antihistamine and pain relief. Looks like a big bump blocking nasal package. What could it be?

Needs evaluation: Could be a nasal polyp, cyst, or other growth. Also could be an anatomical issue like a deviated septum. Most rhinitis symptoms are bilateral, not one-sided. Likely requires further workup by either an Allergist or ENT specialist to determine cause.

Dr. Paul Carter
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Dr. Brian Affleck Dr. Affleck
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
26 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Is Flonase an antihistamine?

Is Flonase an antihistamine?

No: Flonase is a nasal steroid spray. It is often used in conjunction with an antihistamine. The most commonly used antihistamines today are the non-sedating antihistamines: claritin, Allegra and zyrtec. Each of these had a generic drug available, too.

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Dr. Jack Mutnick Dr. Mutnick
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
13 years in practice
University of Nevada School of Medicine
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I am taking isoniazid. Is it bad to take it at the same time with Flonase or other antihistamines?

I am taking isoniazid. Is it bad to take it at the same time with Flonase or other antihistamines?

Drug Interactions: There are no documented interactions between any of the three medications mentioned.

Dr. Nayla Mumneh Dr. Mumneh
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
25 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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I can take an antihistamine or any medicine while using Flonase?

I can take an antihistamine or any medicine while using Flonase?

Yes: You can use a nasal or oral antohistamine while on Flonase to treat allergies.

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Dr. Swapna Vaidya Dr. Vaidya
Psychiatry
13 years in practice
Bombay University, Dr D. Y. Patil Medical College
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Can you take 180mg of antihistamine and a nasal spray such as Flonase while on 25mg of zoloft (sertraline)?

Can you take 180mg of antihistamine and a nasal spray such as Flonase while on 25mg of zoloft (sertraline)?

Drug interactions: Since zoloft (sertraline) can be sedating at times - I would make sure that the antihistamine you use would be non sedating such as Allegra or Claritin - please consult a doctor to make sure about drug interactions but generally Flonase should be ok with zoloft (sertraline).

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Dr. Jack Hinkle Dr. Hinkle
Family Medicine
years in practice
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High mold exposure when cleaning. Allergic to mold. 1 wk increasing sinus/chest congestion, itching nose/eyes/throat. Antihistamine? Fluticasone?

High mold exposure when cleaning. Allergic to mold. 1 wk increasing sinus/chest congestion, itching nose/eyes/throat. Antihistamine? Fluticasone?

Yes: Both can give you some symptomatic relief. Avoiding the exposure is primary and if it is in a home it is best to move if you are highly sensitive. Check out www. Mhpvitamins. Com, Inc. As they have a homeopathic for this.

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Dr. Jeffrey Levine Dr. Levine
Family Medicine
27 years in practice
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
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Can you take Alavert with Flonase and benadryl?

Can you take Alavert with Flonase and benadryl?

You should not: Alavert is a non-sedating antihistamine (loratadine), which is the same active ingredient as Claritin. Benadryl is also a antihistamine, but causes more sedation than loratadine. The two should not be taken together as they are the same class of medication with similar mechanisms of action. Flonase is a nasal steroid which can be used with either Alavert or Benadryl

Dr. Bac Nguyen Dr. Nguyen
Family Medicine
19 years in practice
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
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Can I take an alavert or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) with flonase?

Can I take an alavert or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) with flonase?

Both to help more: Nasal steroid such as Flonase is the front line treatment for allergic rhinitis, but at time people do need more than a spray--adding an antihistamine such as alavert, zyrtec, benadryl, (diphenhydramine) Allegra is quite common--they do not interact and in fact both work to help your allergies. Of course, use the smallest effective dose when needed. Good luck.

Dr. Christopher Mcgraw Dr. Mcgraw
Family Medicine
24 years in practice
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Can I take Nyquil if I also am using umcka, Benadryl, (diphenhydramine) and Flonase?

Can I take Nyquil if I also am using umcka, Benadryl, (diphenhydramine) and Flonase?

Yes tho don't need to: Nyquil has an antihistamine so really no added benefit to both it and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) at the same time.

Dr. Phil Zapanta Dr. Zapanta
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
17 years in practice
University of Virginia School of Medicine
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Why am I still experiencing allergies if using Flonase and benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

Why am I still experiencing allergies if using Flonase and benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

See ENT/allergist: You may be more sensitive to allergens than others or the combinations of medications you are using is not the right selection for you. Worst case scenario is that your perceived allergy symptoms may be something else entirely. You may need to see a specialist for skin testing (and blood work) to various allergens in order to achieve a better management plan.

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Dr. John Chiu Dr. Chiu
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
53 years in practice
University of Vermont College of Medicine
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The Benadryl (diphenhydramine) made me very nervous, what do you think about the Flonase Spray? Thank you!

Yes: Flonase is likely more effective than Benadryl (diphenhydramine) which rarely can cause paradoxical effect (nervousness instead of the usually sedation).

Dr. Stuart Hickerson Dr. Hickerson
Family Medicine
28 years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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Was on flonase (4.5yr), zyrtec (6yr), and benadryl (1). The zyrtec stopped working/On xyzal now. Why has zyrtec stopped working? Will the break help?

Was on flonase (4.5yr), zyrtec (6yr), and benadryl (1). The zyrtec stopped working/On xyzal now. Why has zyrtec stopped working? Will the break help?

Med: I think it helps to take a break from any medication. Concerning your allergies. Have you looked at your diet. That can have an effect too.

Dr. Al Hegab Dr. Hegab
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
36 years in practice
Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine
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I've had allergies my whole life. Currently taking flonase and 24 hr allegra in the AM and benadryl (diphenhydramine) at night. Nothing is working. What else can I do?

I've had allergies my whole life. Currently taking flonase and 24 hr allegra in the AM and benadryl (diphenhydramine) at night. Nothing is working. What else can I do?

See an allergist: Who would examine you after taking your history, including environmental history, order or perform some tests, like allergy skin testing, and help you with your symptoms, please check aaaai. Org or acaai. Org for an allergist in your area, good luck

Dr. Louis Gallia Dr. Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
41 years in practice
University of Washington School of Medicine
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Dr. Kathy Robinson Dr. Robinson
Family Medicine
28 years in practice
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
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Is it safe to use Flonase and take sudafed pe, Zyrtec and Benadryl in the same day?

Is it safe to use Flonase and take sudafed pe, Zyrtec and Benadryl in the same day?

No: It is okay to take flonase, sudafed and either zyrtec or benadryl, but benadryl and zyrtec should not be taken in the same day.

Dr. Brian Greenberg Dr. Greenberg
Pediatrics
31 years in practice
Florida International University College of Medicine
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I take flonase and allergra for seasonal allergies, and that usually controls it. Today it is not. Can I take allegra, claritin, or benadryl?

I take flonase and allergra for seasonal allergies, and that usually controls it. Today it is not. Can I take allegra, claritin, or benadryl?

Allergy treatment: If taking Allegra already you should not double up on a long acting antihistamine (Allegra, Claritin, Zyrtec). This can cause heart issues. Intra-nasal steroids (Flonase) should be used routinely. Adding Allegra is fine on an-needed basis. Adding short acting (Benadryl) is ok but indicates need for better preventive care (environmental controls, more consistent Flonase use, allergy shots).

Dr. Al Hegab Dr. Hegab
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
36 years in practice
Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine
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What is a natural, effective way to treat seasonal allergies? I've been taking Benadryl at night for post nasal drip. I'm also taking Flonase daily. I find my allergies are much worse in the evening.

What is a natural, effective way to treat seasonal allergies? I've been taking Benadryl at night for post nasal drip. I'm also taking Flonase daily. I find my allergies are much worse in the evening.

Seasonal allergies: Most allergy symptoms become worse or act up at night, what you currently take isn't controlling your symptoms, and the post nasal drip can be due to sinusitis as well. You need to see an allergist for evaluation and better control of your symptoms, meanwhile: saline nasal washes, make sure you are using flonase right and use it daily, instead of benadryl, take cetirizine or loratadine daily too

Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan Dr. Dohan
Dermatology
53 years in practice
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I've taken Zyrtec, Flonase, and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) but can't sleep for coughing. These are all things my doctor told me to take. Can I take delsym too?

I've taken Zyrtec, Flonase, and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) but can't sleep for coughing. These are all things my doctor told me to take. Can I take delsym too?

Yes: Fever? Coughing blood? Cough mainly when you lie down? Smoke? Exposed to a cat? Take ACE such as lisinopril? You probably need an inhaler. You probably best see a respiratory specialist.

Dr. Al Hegab Dr. Hegab
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
36 years in practice
Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine
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I took 1 tablet of Zyrtec 10mg and flonase today at 10am. It didn't really help, my nose is still clogged. Can I take Benadryl before bed so that it helps me sleep?

I took 1 tablet of Zyrtec 10mg and flonase today at 10am. It didn't really help, my nose is still clogged. Can I take Benadryl before bed so that it helps me sleep?

Yes you can, but: You need to revise how are you taking those medicines. You need to flush your nose with saline and clear the nasal passages before using the Flonase, which has to used right, (directed backwards and outwards when inside your nose towards your ear). You can double the dose of Flonase or take it twice a day for a day or two, if all this doesn't help, better see your doctor / ENT for re-evaluatio

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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