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What are side effects of taking actifed more often than prescribed?

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Dr. Jennifer Judkins
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery

In brief: Stuffy nose?

The main concerning ingredient in actifed is pseudophedrine which is a decongestant.
With constant use or overuse, this medication can actually worsen nasal congestion, a condition known as 'rhinitis medicamentosa'. I suggest using a Neti Pot to do nasal irrigations as a substitute. 1 teaspoon of kosher or sea salt in 8 ounces of water. Daily use will help reduce nasal swelling.

In brief: Stuffy nose?

The main concerning ingredient in actifed is pseudophedrine which is a decongestant.
With constant use or overuse, this medication can actually worsen nasal congestion, a condition known as 'rhinitis medicamentosa'. I suggest using a Neti Pot to do nasal irrigations as a substitute. 1 teaspoon of kosher or sea salt in 8 ounces of water. Daily use will help reduce nasal swelling.
Dr. Jennifer Judkins
Dr. Jennifer Judkins
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