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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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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

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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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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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Why doesn't a decongestant restore my sense of smell with a bad cold?

Why doesn't a decongestant restore my sense of smell with a bad cold?

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

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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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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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Can I take NyQuil and Sudafed together since NyQuil doesn't have a decongestant?

Can I take NyQuil and Sudafed together since NyQuil doesn't have a decongestant?

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

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Can I take sudafed and nyquil together? Since the nyquil doesn't have a decongestant I think it would be ok

Careful: Some of this decongestant otc meds have alcohol as a component. I usually recommend delsym (dextromethorphan) and clarinex. ...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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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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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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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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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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Is there a nasal decongestant that has a long-lasting effect?

Is there a nasal decongestant that has a long-lasting effect?

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

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Please tell me, could a antihistamine and a decongestant be taken together?

Yes: This combination is commercially available as an otc medicine -ask pharmacist. ...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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Effecive ues of avamys nasal decongestants?

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

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Can decongestant cause empty nose syndrome?

Rhinitis: Excess topical decongestant may cause long term rhinitis, swelling and septal perforation if used over 4-5 days. Oral decongestants may affect blood pressure and cardiac symptoms. Generally empty nose would be caused by excessive nasal surgical resection. ...Read more

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Is fluticasone propionat spray a decongestant?

Is fluticasone propionat spray a decongestant?

Yes and no: This is a steroid, which may relieve inflammation which is causing congestion, but is not directly a decongestant. ...Read more

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Pt taking clonazepam...Whats a safe decongestant?

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

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Can you drink alcohol while taking decongestants?

Can you drink alcohol while taking decongestants?

Etoh & decongestant: Greetings. You can in moderation drink alcohol and take decongestants. Saline nasal wash is a great natural decongestant. ...Read more

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Decongestant (Definition)

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Ocular Decongestant (Definition)

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