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What over-the-counter decongestant is preferred ?
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Dr. Brent Senior
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine
In brief: Sudafed
Pseudoephedrine is quite helpful and cheap.

In brief: Sudafed
Pseudoephedrine is quite helpful and cheap.
Dr. Luis Villaplana
Dr. Luis Villaplana
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