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Have stuffy nose. Is it safe to take afrin and zyrtec?

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is it safe to take afrin and zyrtec? Allergies are creating a stuffy nose.
Posted Sat, 3 Nov 2012 in Asthma and Allergy
Answered by Dr. Anantharamakrishnan 10 hours later

Thanks for the query.

Yes, it is safe - if you are NOT taking any other medication...

The first one, afrin - Are you using the nasal spray? Or taking tablet?
Nasal preparation contains the decongestant oxymetazoline and can cause rebound congestion and dependence - but no harm, if you restrict for short term use. It is far safer than oral.

The second one is zyrtec - cetrizine, an antihistamine is one of the widely used and well tolerated drug.

The combination is quite safe - there is no interaction between the two.

Beware of individual medicines - Zyrtec should not be taken with several drugs because of the danger of drug interaction. Alone it is safe.

Hope this answers your query. Let me know if you have other concerns.

Take care and Get well soon...

Good luck!!
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