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Ocular Decongestant Medication
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
Are antibiotics sufficient enough to get rid of maxillary sinus infection or do you need to use other medication also? Can't take decongestants. PVCs.
Sinus infection: Recomnend 2nd opinion with me and we will figure it out. ...Read more
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
Is it okay to combine expectorants, antihistamines, & decongestants in one dose? Any drug interactions?
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
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
It Depends: Unfortunately, there are mult versions of Nyquil. Some contain the active ingredient in Sudafed (usually actually Sudafed PE which is phenylephrine). Other's do not. When it comes to OTC the counter meds it is as confusing and dangerous as if not more than prescriptions meds. Talk to your doc or pharmacist about the right product (s) for your specific needs and poss interaction with your presc meds ...Read more
How do I get relief from nasal congesgtion if I have a heart condition and can't take decongestants?
Can I take sudafed and nyquil together? Since the nyquil doesn't have a decongestant I think it would be ok
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
Antihistamines: There are several on the market that do not contain pseudo ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate). They are available over the counter. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
Yes: This combination is commercially available as an otc medicine -ask pharmacist. ...Read more
Avamys: That is a medication sold in the phillippines. It is the same medication as that sold in the U.S. Under the prescription name of veramyst. It is a nasal steroid used for nasal allergies. ...Read more
Any OTC: If you tolerate clonazepam, then I think any over the counter decongestant would be ok to try. The hardest part is looking through the aisle with cold and allergy meds to find just the decongestant, not a combination of different products together--don't hesitate to ask your pharmacist for help. ...Read more