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It safe to take a nasal decongestant with 10mg phenylephrine while on other medication?

It safe to take a nasal decongestant with 10mg phenylephrine while on other medication?

Usually: Phenylepherine can raise blood pressure in some people. If you have high blood pressure you are better off avoiding most decongestants. The best plan is to ask your pharmacist before adding any medication, as she can check on the computer for any interactions. ...Read more

Dr. Maxime Cannesson
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Phenylephrine (Definition)

Phenylephrine hydrochloride is a decongestant which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common ...Read more


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Do histamines (not antihistamine medications) make you drowsy? Antihistamines (no decongestants added) seem to make me more alert when allergies flare

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

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Which nasal decongestant medication can be used safely when I'm on Zoloft & strattera (atomoxetine) & efalex 50+ active (omega 3...)?

Which nasal decongestant medication can be used safely when I'm on Zoloft & strattera (atomoxetine) & efalex 50+ active (omega 3...)?

Possible help: You may want to try a stimulant instead of strattera. May also try lower dose of zoloft or get off this if your not depressed or anxious. You can also use a combo strattera with a stumulant (vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) is very effective but only last about 12 hours. Nasal saline is very helpful. ...Read more

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Are there any prescription decongestants? Don't do well tolerating pseudofed.

Decongestants: Many over the counter medications contain phenylephrine instead of pseudoephedrine. You can try this instead to see if you tolerate it any better. ...Read more

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What are the best decongestants for colds?

Topical decongestant: The long-acting OTC decongestant nasal spray will likely work the best. However do not use this for more than 5 days else you may end up hooked to the spray which is not healthy for your nose. ...Read more

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What is the best OTC decongestant?

No specific one: There are numerous otc products available, but since no comparative controlled studies are, to my knowledge, available, it is impossible to say which is best. ...Read more

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Any natural non-ephedra decongestants?

Decongestant: Any food that will cause a runny nose will naturally decongest. Ie peppers, curry, wasabi, soup. Hot steam in a shower is also an effective aid to congestion. ...Read more

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What kind of decongestant should I take?

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

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What is the natural equivalent to a decongestant?

What is the natural equivalent to a decongestant?

Neti pots can: Reduce nasal congestion. Mix ¼ tsp salt w 1 cup lukewarm water. More salt can also be used. Place solution in neti pot. Tilt head & pour solution into 1 nostril. Blow nose lightly & spit out any liquid that drains into throat. Repeat on other side. This can be done in the evening before you go to bed & again in the morning. You can watch a video online to get the finer details down. ...Read more

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Do all topical decongestants cause rebound congestion?

Do all topical decongestants cause rebound congestion?

Yes.: All nasal spray and drop decongestants cause rebound nasal congestion if used for too long. ...Read more

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What will happen if you take too many decongestant pills?

Decongestant pills: Can cause disturbance in heart rate, increase in blood pressure, etc. And other side effects, don't exceed recommended dosage / indication, follow instructions well, don't use if contraindicated (e.g having allergy to the drug or hypertensive), good luck ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to take a decongestant with claritand?

Yes: They do different things. An antihistamine, like Claritin should help block the release of histamine from mast cells, decreasing mucous production. Decongestants cause swelling and congestion to decrease inside the nose. These are complimentary medicines and are often prescribed together for significant relief of congested runny nose associated with allergies, colds and even nasal infections. ...Read more

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I need a good decongestant without pseudophedrine please help?

Antihistamines: There are several on the market that do not contain pseudo ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate). They are available over the counter. ...Read more

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Please what are decongestants? And what is a sinus? Thanks a lot

Please what are decongestants? And what is a sinus? Thanks a lot

Sinus air filters: Your sinuses are air filtering chambers, they are behind your cheekbones and behind your forehead and nose. They filter the air that you breathe in and remove allergens. Sometimes when people have allergies or infection the sinuses get very congested. Decongestants are medications that can decrease the congestion in the sinuses. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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

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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.

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

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Is guaifenesin a decongestant?

Is guaifenesin a decongestant?

No.: Guaifenesin is thought to act as an expectorant by increasing the volume and reducing the viscosity of secretions in the trachea and bronchi. ...Read more

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Is hydromet syrup a decongestant?

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

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Is decongestant tablet ok for 8 year old?

Is decongestant tablet ok for 8 year old?

Family Practice: There are several otc decongestants that are commonly use with children over 2yo. They come in various forms. Take as directed and usually not to use longer than a few days in a row. ...Read more

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What is a good decongestant for bronchitis?

What is a good decongestant for bronchitis?

Bronchitis: None. Decongestants will dry the airway out more probably causing more coughing. Need to drink at least 2 quarts of clear fluids per day, More if hot environment. Can take robitussin, guaifenesin, No smoking or alcohol. No mouthwash as they all have alcohol which dries airway. If persistent, need chest x-ray and to see internist ...Read more

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Is it ok to give a decongestant to a 2yr old?

Is it ok to give a decongestant to a 2yr old?

No.: Decongestants are vasoconstrictors. They get absorbed from the nose to the bloodstream causing rise in the pulse and blood pressure and vasoconstriction to the coronaries and the brain with possibility of stroke, heart attacks, cardiac arrhyhmias. If desperate because child cannot breath through the nose use nasal saline or talk to the pediatrician to decide. After age two most medicines are allowed. ...Read more

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What is the best sympathomimetic decongestant?

Pseudoephedrine: Sudafed is the best I think. It is available as an otc but behind the pharmacy counter, not on the shelf. Not indicated for people with high BP or palpitations or heart disease. ...Read more

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What kind of decongestant can a 3 year old take?

None: Medications have safety risks and are not recommended at this age. Use of saline nasal spray and a vaporizer are best. ...Read more

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What over-the-counter decongestant is preferred?

What over-the-counter decongestant is preferred?

Depends: Spray decongestants like afrin (oxymetazoline) are highly effective, but should only be taken for a max of 2-3 days in a row. Longer use can cause serious side effects. Oral decongestants like sudafed can also be highly effective, and are generally safe for longer periods of time. In all cases, it is important use them according to their directions and to consult your physician if you have other health probs. ...Read more

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How can I decongestant my 2 1/2 month old ibfant?

Use nasal saline: Get 'over the counter' Normal Saline nasal spray for infants. Squirt some in each nostril and suction out secretions with blue bulb nasal syringe. ...Read more

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What are natural decongestants for spring allergies?

Yes but: A Chinese herb name Ma Huang had been used for asthma and has some decongestant effect. However this is like taking pseudoephedrine and the side effects are considered unacceptable. ...Read more

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What is the best decongestant for an allergic cough?

What is the best decongestant for an allergic cough?

Nasal steroid but: Nasal congestion is not the cause for an allergy cough but post-nasal drips and/or asthma may as would be a sinus infection. Nasal steroid remains the most effective if post-nasal drips are the cause for the cough. You may need to consult a doctor re. The cough should nasal steroid fail or the problem gets worse. ...Read more

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Can I take decongestants with Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine)?

Check w/Dr or Pharm: Many are not sensitive to decongestants in terms of BP elevation, but general (/SAFE) advice is to avoid, as can raise BP, and sometimes by a LOT. Nasal sprays / mists are usually helpful, and may be all that is needed--without as much risk of raising BP. Ask your Dr or Pharmacist for clarification. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take cold medicine just for the decongestant effects?

Is it ok to take cold medicine just for the decongestant effects?

Yes, but...: ...You never want to take more medication than you need. The other ingredients will likely not be harmful, but cough suppressants and antihistamines can make you tired and slow your reflexes, and the pain relievers can hurt your liver if you're also taking other pain relievers that will add to your total dose. Decongestants alone are also available from your pharmacist without a prescription. ...Read more

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What decongestants are safe to take while on Celexa (citalopram)?

What decongestants are safe to take while on Celexa (citalopram)?

Probably all: There are no decongestants that interact adversely with citalopram such that they shouldn't be combined, ...Read more

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What do you do next when sinus decongestant medicine does not work?

What do you do next when sinus decongestant medicine does not work?

2 answers: First, consider that sinus congestion, which is often viral and (non-infectious) post-viral inflammation, takes time to get better. Second, if you're getting worse, develop fever, express pus (often greenish) from you nose, or have progressive facial pain, there may be superimposed bacterial infection requiring an antibiotic. See your doctor. ...Read more

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I am taking cold medicine with a decongestant and my BP was about 10 pts higher than normal. I that ok?

I am taking cold medicine with a decongestant and my BP was about 10 pts higher than normal. I that ok?

Cold med: BP should be under 130/80. If you took pseudophed it can raise bp. If it's raising BP toom much you should avoid it. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with acute sinusitis10 days ago. Fnp put me on omnicef (cefdinir) 300mg 2x daily for 10 days and some other decongestants. Has not improved. Should I go back, or give it more time/what else can I do?

Diagnosed with acute sinusitis10 days ago. Fnp put me on omnicef (cefdinir) 300mg 2x daily for 10 days and some other decongestants. Has not improved. Should I go back, or give it more time/what else can I do?

Need re-examination: After 10 days on an antibiotic, your symptoms should have improved, though maybe not 100%. If not improved at all, might need stronger antibiotic, prescription nasal spray, etc. I also recommend saline nasal spray or sinus irrigation such as with a nettie pot. Take Guaifenesin (mucinex) also to thin out the secretions. ...Read more

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Why isn't my nasal decongestant working?

Uncertain: May be due to anatomic blockage. Possibly nasal polyps. Should get seen by an ent. ...Read more

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What's a good non-prescription decongestant?

Pseudoephedrine: However, don’t use them longer than seven days. Using them longer can actually make your nose more stopped up and you're probably dealing with something more severe than allergies or a common cold. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Josa
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Decongestant (Definition)

Decongestants are a kind of common ...Read more