Legal Decongestant Drugs
Legal over-the-counter Drugs to alleviate stuffy nose congestion from colds (minor infections), allergies, or other causes.
“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.
“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).
Warning: Topical decongestants should be used with caution and for no longer than three days to avoid rhinitis medicamentosa (paradoxical reaction).
“Cold Medicine” DayQuil / NyQuil (by Vicks) – Phenylephrine, Acetaminophen, Dextromethorphan – relief of headache, throat congestion (headache), pains (cold, flu, and fever symptoms)
NyQuil also includes the Antihistamine – Doxylamine succinate
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
“Nasal Spray Chemical” – Oxymetazoline Hydrochloride (instant vasocontrictor decongestant)
Side Effects: rhinitis medicamentosa (paradoxical reaction, may become reliant to constantly relieve chronic congestion daily).
Eustachian tubes – tubes that link nasopharynx to middle ear
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.