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Is Mucinex A Decongestant Or Antihistamine
Which is best for coughing and runny nose (allergies) sudafed or Claritin (loratadine) or claritin-d?
Neither: If you are sure you are dealing with allergies, then an antihistamine is the drug of choice. Sudafed is a decongestant. Claritin is a weak antihistamine and despite the drug labelling can cause drowsiness as can zyrtec. Allegra (fexofenadine) does not cross the blood-brain barrier and thus no drowsiness. A nasal spray either steroid or non-steroid is also useful. ...Read more
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
Zyrtec (cetirizine): Zyrtec (cetirizine) has more anti-allergy or anti-inflamatory effects than clariten (loratidine) and is often better for most allergic symptoms. It does cause drowsiness in some patients. Antihistamines work best when taken at bedtime if you are taking them on a daily basis - as in a pollen allergy or allergy to a pet that lives in your house. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it safe to take a Promethazine syrup along with a Delsym (dextromethorphan) which includes Acetaminophen, Dextromethorphan, Guaifenesin and Phenylephrine?
Is it safe to take nighttime sinus congestion medicine containing acetaminophen, chlorpheniramin maleate, and phenylephrine with delsym (dextromethorphan)?
Not much different: There are not much difference between two medications and they are weak medications for allergy symptoms. It might work in the beginning but you would need stronger and better treatment methods if your symptoms persist. ...Read more
Is vicoprofen (i'm taking the generic form which is called hydrocodone/ibuprof 7.5-200mg) a decongestant or does it make nasal congestion worse?
Not a decongestant: This is an opioid pain medication used for moderate to severe pain. There are some cough medications that have hydrocodone as a cough suppressant. Check with your doc who gave you the rx. You should not be using this medication without a rx. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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