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Dangers and Side Effects of Decongestants

Posted on December 1, 2018 at 12:10 AM

Did you know that OTC decongestants like Sudafed (pseudoephedrine) can cause insomnia, heart palpitations, raise your blood pressure and block urine flow?

Decongestants can be potentially dangerous if you have cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, glaucoma or an enlarged prostate.

Antihistamine combinations - Claritin-D, Zyrtec-D contain pseudoephedrine and have the potential to cause side effects. I never prescribe, nor would I recommend decongestants, or combinations for nasal congestion.

For nasal congestion caused by winter colds or allergies Simply Saline nasal spray used multiple times a day will reduce nasal congestion caused by inflammation and allergies. Much safer, no side effects and well tolerated by most children. Avoid store brands and generic saline - they often burn and sting and are not well tolerated. Simply Saline much cheaper in Costco, Sams, BJ’s and Walmart!

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