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Health Tip: When Taking a Decongestant

Health Tip: When Taking a Decongestant

07/04/13

(HealthDay News) -- A decongestant can help you feel better when you're stuffed up, but you should always follow the package instructions carefully.

The American Academy of Family Physicians offers this advice before you take a decongestant:

  • Learn the ingredients, as many are decongestants are combined with pain relievers and/or antihistamines.
  • Find out how the decongestant may interact with your other medications.
  • Avoid taking combination medications that treat multiple symptoms.
  • Don't take multiple medications simultaneously, as they may contain at least some of the same ingredients, which could lead to an overdose.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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