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Nasal Decongestant Child
My child have fever and difficulty in breathing while sleeping. Should I just use a nasal spray and decongestant.?
No: Call your doctor asap or go to the er/call 911 anytime your child has 'difficulty breathing'. Trouble in breathing is dangerous and needs assessment asap. In addition, all cold medications are now restricted in kids. Whatever age your child is, clear with your doctor the use of any cold medications. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Decongestant: 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
No to decongestanats: The best decongestants are the nasal steroids, all of which require a prescription. Topical decongestants may cause damage if used for longer than 5 days. Oral decongestants can raise blood pressure even in young people in addition to the symptoms already mentioned. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How do I get relief from nasal congesgtion if I have a heart condition and can't take decongestants?
Antihistamine: The decongestant that you cannot take is phenylephrine. This medication can be sold individually or packaged with other medications when the label indicates "-d" such as claritin-d. Antihistamine, on the other hand, is not a problem for most patients with heart disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Nasal decongestants: While nasal decongestant sprays or drops can provide some temporary relief from nasal obstruction, they should not be used for more than three days (check the very small print on the bottle). If used for longer, a "rebound" effect will occur, and nasal congestion becomes worse and more difficult to treat. Additionally, longer use of nasal decongestants can permanently damage the nasal septum. ...Read more
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