decongestants


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decongestants

Used to reduce mucus in the air passages of the nose.
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Decongestants work by restricting the blood supply to the lining of your nose, reducing swelling and providing rapid relief from a blocked nose.
Research has shown that cold and allergy medications such as antihistamines and decongestants are not helpful in preventing ear infections.
Doctors generally recommend decongestants to reduce the congestion, antibiotics to control a bacterial infection, if present, and pain relievers to reduce the pain.
The California Birth Defects Monitoring Program may have found a correlation between decongestants and pain relievers and gastroschisis.
Amurol also is considering gums with appetite suppressants, decongestants and cough medicines.
Oral medications such as antihistamines (particularly the new non-sedating types) and decongestants are often useful, and inhaled medications such as topical cromolyn or corticosteroids may be prescribed as well.
There are of course many over-the-counter allergy medicines like antihistamines and decongestants that offer short-term relief, and allergists can provide prescription drugs for more intense reactions.
Beta blockers, even the selective types, and oral decongestants can cause worsening peripheral vasoconstriction, and should be avoided; in the diabetic, beta blockers should be replaced by calcium channel blockers for angina or high blood pressure.
Decongestants, on the other hand, cause construction or tightening of the blood vessels in those membranes, which then forces much of the blood out of the membranes so that they shrink and the air passages open up again.
London Children under six years of age should not be given decongestants to treat common cold symptoms such as nasal congestion or runny nose, because their safety is unclear, experts have warned.
Pain Killers Pain Killers DECONGESTANTS A blocked nose makes it difficult to get through the day, so add decongestants to your stock.
* Decongestants: Sudafed (58% of 1,932 pharmacist recommendations)