Nasal congestion is caused by blockage of the sinuses, which leads to pressure within the head. This causes symptoms such as headache, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing and coughing. If left untreated, nasal congestion can lead to other health problems like ear infections and pneumonia. Fortunately, there are several ways to treat nasal congestion. Some methods include taking over-the-counter medications while others involve prescription drugs. Read our buyers guide to learn more about nasal congestion medicines and how to select the best treatment for yourself.
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Nasal congestion occurs when mucous membranes inside your nose swell due to inflammation caused by allergies or infections.
Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco products while taking nasal congestion medication. Also, make sure to drink plenty of water during this time.
Some nasal congestion medicines can cause drowsiness, dry mouth, upset stomach, headache, dizziness, and nausea.
Decongestants tend to provide fast relief from nasal congestion. They often contain pseudoephedrine, phenylephrine, or ephedra.
Your body absorbs about half of the amount of medicine you take orally. If you take more than the recommended dose, you could experience adverse reactions.
You should start taking nasal congestion medicine at least two hours before bedtime. Take it again after waking up in the morning.
If you feel sleepy while driving, stop immediately. Do not operate heavy machinery until you know how the medicine affects you.
Yes. There has been no evidence that nasal congestion medicine harms babies or young children.
Take your medicine within 30 minutes of eating or drinking. Avoid doing anything else right away.
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it's almost time for your next scheduled dose.
Call your pharmacy and ask them what to do. Many pharmacies offer refills on phone orders.
Wait 15 minutes before trying to open your mouth. Then rinse out your mouth with warm saltwater.