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Is it possible to get "rebound" side effects from stopping an antihistamine? I've been taking one for 5 months, and have sinus problems since stopping

Is it possible to get "rebound" side effects from stopping an antihistamine? I've been taking one for 5 months, and have sinus problems since stopping

You probably need it: Rebound to cessation of antihistamines would be unusual, . If you took a combination antihistamine/decongestant, it would be more common. However, you had been taking an antihistamine for 5 months. Had you taken it for a nasal problem? My hunch is that your nasal/sinus problem, for which you had taken the antihistamine in the first place, recurred the moment you stopped it. ...Read more

Dr. Herman Hammerstead
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Sinus (Definition)

In anatomy, a sinus is a cavity within a bone or other tissue. Most commonly found in the bones of the face and connecting with the nasal cavities. Sinus (anatomy), description of the general term paranasal sinuses, air cavities in the cranial bones, especially those near the nose, including: the maxillary sinuses, also called the maxillary antra and the largest of the ...Read more


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Dr. Says I cannot take antihistamines. What to do for sinus congestion then?

Dr. Says I cannot take antihistamines. What to do for sinus congestion then?

Nasal sprays: Antihistamines really don't work well for congestion or stuffiness. For the nasal congestion associated with allergies, the topical nasal steroid sprays such as qnasl, flonase, veramyst, nasonex, (mometasone) nasacort, etc are very effective and safe. ...Read more

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I have bad sinus congestion. I took an antihistamine but it did not help. I'm off it now. And I am still congested. What can I do?

I have bad sinus congestion. I took an antihistamine but it did not help. I'm off it now. And I am still congested. What can I do?

Meds for congestion: Antihistamines usually do not help congestion. A doctor would need to know how long you've been congested and whether you have a sore throat, clear or yellow discharge, itching etc. Is it a cold, sinusitis or allergies? Generally, phenylrphrine, pseudoephedrine and Afrin are used short term for congestion. Chronic cases : evaluate nasal structure, allergies, rule out infection by exam and/or CT. ...Read more

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I'm currently on 4 antihistamines for chronic uritcaria. I have a sinus infection is there anything I can take to relieve symptoms?

Antihistamines..: Won't treat sinus "infection", if bacterial infection, whether acute or chronic, antibiotics would be indicated, if it is viral, other measures as saline nasal washes, decongestants, or other meds may be needed. Kindly see your doctor for evaluation ...Read more

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How long should I self treat for sinusitis/annoying sinus drainage before I need to see a doctor? Antihistamine helps but I still have thick drainage.

How long should I self treat for sinusitis/annoying sinus drainage before I need to see a doctor? Antihistamine helps but I still have thick drainage.

Any time: There are lots of causes of sinus drainage, and just as many ways to treat it. As long as there are no headaches, fever, or stomach upset due to the drainage, you don't need to see a doctor. But if it doesn't go away in a few days, why continue to suffer? Your doctor is there to help you feel well all the time - not just when you can't stand it any more. ...Read more

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On antihistamine and sinus medications it says to consult your doctor if you have thyroid disease. Why?

On antihistamine and sinus medications it says to consult your doctor if you have thyroid disease. Why?

Avoid stimulants: Many otc cold medicines have pseudophed or similar stimulant medications. If you are hyperthyroid, this would be an added stimulant. If your heart rate is already 95 from your thyroid, the added stimulant could be bad for your heart. However, if your thyroid is being treated, and your blood ft4 is normal, you are probably ok. ...Read more

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Will taking an antihistamine w/decongestant before sinus CT give false results?

Will taking an antihistamine w/decongestant before sinus CT give false results?

No: Decongestants reduce the swelling in the nose, but do not clear out the sinuses to the point of changing ct results. Other pathologies will be completely unaffected. ...Read more

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I am average size. But my face is always swollen. I do have sinus trouble & use a Nasal spray. I also use Saline spray. Antihistamines don't help?

I am average size. But my face is always swollen. I do have sinus trouble & use a Nasal spray. I also use Saline spray. Antihistamines don't help?

Rhinitis: Which can be allergic rhinitis or rhinosinusitis, you need to see an ENT or an allergist, I am not sure about your swollen face, that needs examination, check aaaai. Org or acaai. Org for an allergist in your area, good luck ...Read more

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Is it safe to take an antihistamine and a decongestant everyday to help combat chronic sinus infections?

Is it safe to take an antihistamine and a decongestant everyday to help combat chronic sinus infections?

In general, yes: Improving nasal function will decrease the incidence and severity of sinusitis. If you are allergic and congested then a combination of an antihistamine decongestant can be of help. So can intranasal steroids and other measures. If you have recurrent infections an allergy evaluation and a good ENT evaluation can be of great benefit. ...Read more

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Good day I woke up with swollen eyelids nose bridge and forehead. I had sinus last night and took two allergex. Would an antihistamine work better?

Probably not: Allergex is an antihistamine. It is chlorpheniramine. If it was an allergic reaction, it should have helped. If it helped, but only slightly then maybe taking a longer acting antihistamine like (cetirizine or fexofenadine) might help. You should also consider other causes for the swelling is the antihistamines are not helping. ...Read more

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Daily sinus headache due to regular intake of antihistamines for perennial allergic rhinitis. Please help. Great difficulty in doing work. Taking arinac.

Daily sinus headache due to regular intake of antihistamines for perennial allergic rhinitis. Please help. Great difficulty in doing work. Taking arinac.

Allergist: You need not suffer as you do... Taking antihistamines will mask the symptoms, but not solve the problem. Allergy treatment will help your body become desensitized to the allergens that affect you. See an allergist asap. ...Read more

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High mold exposure when cleaning. Allergic to mold. 1 wk increasing sinus/chest congestion, itching nose/eyes/throat. Antihistamine? Fluticasone?

High mold exposure when cleaning. Allergic to mold. 1 wk increasing sinus/chest congestion, itching nose/eyes/throat. Antihistamine? Fluticasone?

Yes: Both can give you some symptomatic relief. Avoiding the exposure is primary and if it is in a home it is best to move if you are highly sensitive. Check out www. Mhpvitamins. Com, Inc. As they have a homeopathic for this. ...Read more

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Is Benadryl (diphenhydramine) good for sinus?

Is Benadryl (diphenhydramine) good for sinus?

Only in the: Sense that it could help dry up secretions, or decrease an allergic component of nasal congestion. ...Read more

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Can I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for sinus?

Can I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for sinus?

Yes: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is an anti-histamine and has properties to dry secretions. If you are having sinus congestion from seasonal allergies, this may help alleviate some of your symptoms. It would also help if you have a runny nose. ...Read more

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Can Benadryl (diphenhydramine) be taken 2 hours after Advil cold sinus?

Can Benadryl (diphenhydramine) be taken 2 hours after Advil cold sinus?

Benadryl (diphenhydramine): If advil (ibuprofen) cold and sinus has diphenhydramine, the chemical name of benadryl, you should not take extra Benadryl afterwards. Read the medication label, there are many preparations of advil (ibuprofen) cold and sinus. ...Read more

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Took claritin 24 hr about 4-5 he's ago but still having sinus symptoms is it OK to take benadryl (diphenhydramine) also?

Won't help: If the problem is still congestion and pressure, antihistamines help mainly the itchy runny nose not the congestion, so you need a decongestant, but make sure your blood pressure is normal before using it, your Doctor would help you in that regard, meanwhile use saline nasal wash frequently, goodluck ...Read more

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Can you take Advil cold & sinus with benadryl (diphenhydramine) & a clartin?

Yes: But why do you need both benadryl (diphenhydramine) and Claritin at the same time? Benadryl (diphenhydramine) may dry up the nose a little but will make you drowsy. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) after taking a Advil cold & sinus medicine?

Is it okay to take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) after taking a Advil cold & sinus medicine?

Medicine: Read ur label. Advil cold and sinus might have Benadryl (diphenhydramine) in it. If it does not then go ahead. ...Read more

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I took Tylenol (acetaminophen) sinus daytime at 3:30pm can I take Benadryl sinus at 12:30pm?

I took Tylenol (acetaminophen) sinus daytime at 3:30pm can I take Benadryl sinus at 12:30pm?

Yes: Both likely contain decongestants and are contraindicated for long-term use if you have high blood pressure. Using for acute sinus/cold symptoms is generally ok with interval of about 4-6 hours depending on the effect. Would also be ok to stick with the one that works better if taking them tomorrow. ...Read more

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I took 2 Excedrin tension pills. Can I take 2 Benadryl (diphenhydramine) sinus headache on top of that?

I took 2 Excedrin tension pills. Can I take 2 Benadryl (diphenhydramine) sinus headache on top of that?

Headache: I would suggest waiting 3-4 hours before taking anything else as you may over dose on contents such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), aspirin, and caffeine. It looks like you also take Vicodin which may further complicate matters. Since you have a history of "migraine" I would strongly recommend consulting a neurologist to help you manage your headaches. Avoid self medicating. ...Read more

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I have a bad cold and a sinus infection. I just took 2 tblespoons of nquil. Can I take a benadryl (diphenhydramine) also?

I have a bad cold and a sinus infection. I just took 2 tblespoons of nquil. Can I take a benadryl (diphenhydramine) also?

Better no: Nyquil has an antihistaminil in its components, so don't add benadryl, (diphenhydramine) fluids and rest should be your remedies for now, see urgent care in the morning if not improved, goodluck ...Read more

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Dear Doctor, I need advise of using Benadryl-D Allergy and Sinus for my son. I plan to give him 0.5 tsp only at night. Is that safe?

Dear Doctor, I need advise of using Benadryl-D Allergy and Sinus for my son. I plan to give him 0.5 tsp only at night. Is that safe?

Likely ok: However the D part tends to keep him awake while the Benadryl (diphenhydramine) part make him sleepy. Hopefully these effects balance out but one cannot be sure. Whether he should be taking Benadryl (diphenhydramine) D is another question. ...Read more

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Is it safe to give a 21 lb (6 mo) baby a dose of benadryl-d for congestion/allergies/sinus trouble? If so, what is the dosage? Thanks

Is it safe to give a 21 lb (6 mo) baby a dose of benadryl-d for congestion/allergies/sinus trouble? If so, what is the dosage? Thanks

Too young?: It's usually not recommended to medicate babies this young. S/he doesn't have sinuses so, please do not try to treat for 'sinusitis'. Check with your pediatrician before giving any over-the-counter med to your baby. In the meantime, you can give very small sprays of saline into baby's nose and use bulb suction to remove mucus. ...Read more

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I recently got a sinus infection about 2 days ago. I've been taking Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for it. Its the third day and my entire body hurts and I have a cough.

I recently got a sinus infection about 2 days ago. I've been taking Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for it. Its the third day and my entire body hurts and I have a cough.

Rx not benadryl (diphenhydramine): If truly sinus infection there is no effect by benadryl, (diphenhydramine) an antihistamine. Sinus infections need to be treated with appropriate antibiotics. Body ache could be related to systemic effects of infection. ...Read more

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Can I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) severe allergy plus sinus headache with advil?

Can I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) severe allergy plus sinus headache with advil?

Yes you can: Yes you can as Benadryl (diphenhydramine) allergy plus sinus relief does not contain ibuprophen. ...Read more

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I was taking Amoxicyllin to treat a sinus infection. After a week of use, I just developed a terrible rash. My torso & back are covered. Benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

I was taking Amoxicyllin to treat a sinus infection. After a week of use, I just developed a terrible rash. My torso & back are covered. Benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

Sounds like: You may have a "drug reaction" to the amoxicillin. You should review this with your prescribing doctor as some drug rashes can evolve and become more severe, and you may also have to avoid penicillin based drugs in the future. ...Read more

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Can u mix Claritin with Benadryl (diphenhydramine) & sudafed sinus headache?

Too many pills: Pne time ok, either claritine orbenadryl plus palin sudafed. See an allergist and or neurologist if headache cont. Good to find the cause. ...Read more

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What are the best treatments for asthma and allergies? I am using nasonex, spirivia, albueterol, and benadryl (diphenhydramine). Plus doing sinus rinses. Still sick.

What are the best treatments for asthma and allergies? I am using nasonex, spirivia, albueterol, and benadryl (diphenhydramine). Plus doing sinus rinses. Still sick.

Asthma guidelines: If you do have asthma spireva is not an asthma medication, although is sometimes of benefit especially if there is also copd. I cannot tell you what is the correct asthma medication for you. You need to see a board certified allergist for appropriate evaluation and treatment of your entire respiratory system. ...Read more

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2nd time now, I have a swollen right eye that's all watery. Also right side of my nose is watery. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) cured it before. Not now. Tried sinus med.?

2nd time now, I have a swollen right eye that's all watery. Also right side of my nose is watery. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) cured it before. Not now. Tried sinus med.?

See doctor: If you have a swollen right nose and right eye, you need to see a doctor. OTC sinus med is unlikely to help if you have a serious sinus infection on the right. ...Read more

Dr. Paul Carter
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Antihistamine (Definition)

Sedating and non-sedating antihistamines prevent and treat allergic reactions, and are ...Read more