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Is Zyrtec A Decongestant
I have continuous ringing in my ears! Due to eustachian tube problem! I received zyrtec and nasal decongestant but still no improvement. Any ideas?
Otolaryngologist: If you have not seen one already, it is time to consult an otolaryngologist to help you with your symptoms. ...Read more
Would like to know if both antihistamine and decongestant thicken mucus. Have read some newer antihistamine (zyrtec) do not, and decongestants do not.
Dehydration: Thicker mucous is an expected response of an inflamed mucous membrane. The best way to thin the mucous is to drink lots of water. ...Read more
Yes: There should be no problems with that combination. ...Read more
I have bad allerigies sometimes. Cetirizine stopped working so I take zyrtec (cetirizine) d. I heard u cnt take decongestants too long. Wat are longterm treatments?
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 son 22 months old has a cold, nasal congestion. Is there any nasal decongestant spray that would help. I am using the saline spray and OTC zyrtec.?
Saline and suction.: The safest and most effective treatment is saline nose drops and suctioning. Elevating the head of the crib and using a humidifier help, too. Cold and cough medicines are proven ineffective and can have serious side effects, which is why the fda has been taking them off the market gradually. If this doesn't help, your child needs to see the doctor to see if it's more than a cold. ...Read more
Can you take zyrtec with 15mg of escitalopram probiotic nasonex (mometasone) and if so will it help decongestant my ears and nose?
I've had headache with sinus pressure for a week (no congestion). Sometimes the entire head/neck aches. Decongestants/ZyrtecD don't help. Any advice?
See an ENT: An Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor might be able to help you. You may not feel congested, but one or more of your sinuses maybe filled with fluid. The therapy may involve one or more nasal sprays and maybe an antibiotic. I have self treated for sinus problems before, unsuccessfully. Trust me. See a professional. They are also known as otolaryngologists. ...Read more
Can I take an alergy medicine with a decongestant such as zytec d while in myfirst trimester of pregnancy?
It depends: Medications are generally discouraged during the first trimester as there is a lack of human studies. Zyrtec (cetirizine) is a class b drug in pregnancy which means that there are some animal studies that demonstrate safety but no human studies. Pseudoephedrine is a class c drug which means that safety has not been demonstrated in animals nor humans. So the answer is it depends on your risk tolerance and sx. ...Read more
M57, do you approve usage of nasal decongestant xylometazoline;antiallergic cetirizine;antibiotics as holistic approach to combat resistant flu/cold?
Let's be clear: Antibiotics won't help a cold which is caused by viruses. They'll just give you diarrhea. Afrin spray can dry you up but never use for >72 hours or you'll get rebound nasal congestion with nasal blockade and misery! Cetirizine is excellent for allergy but has minimal benefit for a cold. None of the above would be considered "holistic". ...Read more
Yes: The two are compatible.Get a more detailed answer ›
I take the antihistamine cetirizine but a allergies have turned into a bit of a cold. Can I take a medicine that has phenylephrine and acetamenophin.
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
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 more
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
Why not?: There is no reason why not as long as you need it. ...Read more