More than 40 million people suffer from nasal allergy symptoms in the United States. Over-the-counter (OTC) medications for allergy relief fill the shelves of retail pharmacies and there always seem to be new ones coming to the market. Choosing the right medication often depends on matching your symptoms with what the colorful medicine box states the drug inside is capable of relieving. It can be very disappointing when runny nose, sneezing and nasal congestion remain unaffected by the "miracle drug." In desperation, you may decide to double the dose or add another OTC allergy medication. It always boils down to trial and error. But how much error should you risk taking?
All About Antihistamines Antihistamines are the most common drugs taken to treat nasal allergy symptoms. There are two major classifications of antihistamines:
• First generation antihistamines have a much higher risk of sedation and fatigue (compared to second generation). These antihistamines often need to be ...
Millions of Americans in pursuit of a remedy for stuffy nose and sinus pressure turn to over the counter (OTC) nasal sprays because of their quick action, availability and presumed safety. But did you know prolonged use of topical nasal decongestants (TNDs) often leads to addiction? Case in Point: A 32-year-old male was referred to me because of complaints of chronic nasal blockage. The patient suspected his problem was hay fever (allergic rhinitis). During the interview, he revealed that a year ago he began to have trouble sleeping because of a stuffy nose. He felt considerably better after using a TND before going to bed. Within 2 weeks he began to awaken in the middle of the night requiring another dose of his nasal spray for relief. One month later he required doses 4 times daily in order to avoid severe nasal congestion. By the time I saw him, he was going through almost a bottle of nasal spray daily. His diagnosis was Rhinitis Medicamentosa (RM) which means nasal inflammation (rhi...
Generic Name: DEXTROMETHORPHAN LIQUID - ORAL Pronounced: (dex-trow-meth-OR-fan) Tussin Maximum Strength Cough Oral Interactions
If your doctor has directed you to use this medication,
your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug
interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change
the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor or pharmacist
This drug should not be used with the following
medications because very serious interactions may occur:
MAO inhibitors (isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue,
moclobemide, phenelzine, procarbazine, rasagiline, selegiline,
Avoid taking MAO inhibitors within 2 weeks before, during,
and after treatment with this medication.
If you are currently using any of these medications listed
above, tell your doctor or pharmacist before starting
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