Legal Decongestant Drugs

Legal over-the-counter Drugs to alleviate stuffy nose congestion from colds (minor infections), allergies, or other causes.

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“Allergy Medicine” Antihistamine – Diphenhydramine

Side Effects:  hypnotic drowsiness (sedation), liver stress, nausea, constipation, delirium, heart stress, confusion, memory loss, paradoxical reactions, discontinuation rebound effects: anxiety, mood swings, and insomnia.

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“Nasal Sinus Medicine” Sudafed  (Circular Red or Long White Pills) – Pseudoephedrine – sympathomimetic amine  vasoconstrictor (restricts blood flow into the nose, shrinks swollen nasal mucous membranes,  increases drainage of sinus secretions, and opens Eustachian tubes)

Side Effects:  minor stimulant (insomnia), cold nose (reduced nasal blood circulation),  hypertension, anxiety, paranoid psychosis (panic attacks).

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Warning:  Topical decongestants should be used with caution and for no longer than three days to avoid rhinitis medicamentosa (paradoxical reaction).

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“Cold Medicine” DayQuil / NyQuil (by Vicks) – Phenylephrine, Acetaminophen, Dextromethorphan – relief of headache, throat congestion (headache), pains (cold, flu, and fever symptoms)

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NyQuil also includes the Antihistamine – Doxylamine succinate

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Vicks VapoRub – Mentholatum (camphor, menthol, spirits of turpentine, eucalyptus oil, cedar leaf oil, myristica oil, thymol, nutmeg)

Side Effects:  Oil in lungs, stimulates mucus production and airway inflammation

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“Nasal Spray Chemical”  – Oxymetazoline Hydrochloride (instant vasocontrictor decongestant)

Side Effects:  rhinitis medicamentosa (paradoxical reaction, may become reliant to constantly relieve chronic congestion daily).

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Eustachian tubes – tubes that link nasopharynx to middle ear

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Conclusion:

The safest method seems to be to use meditation (psychology, visualization, massage), steam, hot salt water (saline spray or Indian neti-pot), and other more natural methods as those side effects are more obvious, and less complicated.

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