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Is Benadryl A Decongestant
Not much: Although levo ceterizine is a third generation antihistamine, there is little difference between that drug and ceterizine (zyrtec). They are both fairly non-sedating antihistamines and are approved for allergic rhinitis. Their efficacy and safety are essentially the same. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Use them wisely: Sudafed is a brand name of pseudoephedrine, a decongestant used to decrease nasal congestion and secretions. Claritin is a brand name for loratadine, an antihistaminic. Claritin-d is one brand name for the combination of these two medications. This combination of medications helps to reduce nasal allergy symptoms. Long-term continuous use of decongestant result in some cases with loss of effect. ...Read more
Not really: These are both antihistamines. If both are needed then physician guidance should be sought. ...Read more
Yes: Do not combine it with an maoi, but these are rarely used these days. There should be no contraindication to combining the two. Just realize that you are taking a sedative and that some antidepressants are already sedatives. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) also impairs driving the next day, so be very careful if you need to be on the road and you are still groggy from it. Avoid long-term use: stops working and causes^wt. ...Read more
Is it safe to take nighttime sinus congestion medicine containing acetaminophen, chlorpheniramin maleate, and phenylephrine with delsym (dextromethorphan)?
Depends: Amoxicillin is helpful if there is an infection. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is helpful if there is a runny nose. If your ear is clogged you may have an infection - see your doctor before you start amox. If you are congested a decongestant may be the answer. There a re side effects with decongestants so be careful and ask your doctor if you can take them. They can raise your blood pressure. ...Read more
Yes you can: You can take both medications at the same time providing that you follow the recommended otc doses. ...Read more
Yes: You can check with your physician to be certain but I don’t see this is a problem ...Read more
I took Vicks Dayquil severe cold and flu (has decongestant) less than two hours ago, is it safe for me to take two Benadryl (diphenhydramine) now before I go to bed?
Yes: Sorry I didn't see this 10 hrs ago which is presumably when you went to bed. Yes, they will not interfere with each other. ...Read more
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
My son is 10 months old and weighs 20 lbs. tonight I accidentally gave him Benadryl with Phenylephrine. He had 3 mls.
Relax: He'll likely be a little sleepy but should be okay at that dose. ...Read more
No: they work together to relieve symptomsGet a more detailed answer ›
If my Benadryl (diphenhydramine) contains phenylephrine is it not a good idea to take two tablets for sleep?
Drop phenylephrine: Find a product that does not contain the phenylephrine. For most people , that med is stimulating and will make you stay awake, not help you sleep. Make sure you also use good sleep hygiene - bedtime routine, minimize distractions around you, warm milk, and consider melatonon for sleep aid rather than more and more benadryl (diphenhydramine). ...Read more
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
Hi, I'm having a spreading swollen reaction to what is probably a bed bug bite(s). Cannot get benadryl, (diphenhydramine) will phenylephrine work to help control it?
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. ...Read more
I have a persistent post nasal drip for 3 weeks now and it has developed into a dry scratchy cough. I have treated this with OTC decongestants and antihistamines, but it does not get better, only worst. What can I do to get some relief?
You need to be: treated for the underlying cause as well as symptoms. You treating yourself with otc medications that is fine but see specialist doctors to get treated for the underlying cause. If it is deviated septum of the nose you need septoplasty, if acid reflux or allergies are the cause you need to be treated to eliminate those causes. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
My wife has been suffering from severe congestion due to allergies for the past week or two. We have tried using Zyrtec D, and separately Benedryl with Sudafed decongestant without relief. Her congestion seems to be at its worst in the evening, and last
Nasal steroid: Nasal steroid will likely be more effective but takes a few days of regular use to get optimal results. If still having problem, consult an allergist. ...Read more
My doctor told me not to take antihistamines before allergy test but I've been taking nasonex (mometasone) and Otrivin decongestant is that ok?
Okay: A number of medications should be discontinued prior to allergy skin testing. Steroid nasal sprays like nasonex (mometasone) may be continued. Otrivine is a nasal decongestant which should only be used for temporary relief of symptoms may be continued. Escitalopram and inhalers and nebulizers may be continued. ...Read more