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Suggest an over the counter medication for chest congestion and stuffed nose

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Posted on Wed, 18 May 2016
Question: Hello, can you please tell me what to take over the counter, for chest congestion and a stuffed nose. Thank you.
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Answered by Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Take antihistamine and anti inflammatory drug combination.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for your question on Health Care Magic.
I can understand your concern.
By your history and description, possibility of Upper respiratory tract infection is more.
So do following things.
1. Drink plenty of fluids orally and keep yourself hydrated.
2. Do steam inhalation and warm water gargles 5-6 times a day.
3. Take combination of antihistamine and anti inflammatory drug. Combination is easily available over the counter. Names are Dcold total, Diamonic DCA etc.
You can ask to pharmacist about combination of phenylephrine, chlorpheniramine and paracetamol combination. (if you don't get above mentioned brand names).
4. Also start broad spectrum antibiotic like levofloxacin or azithromycin once a day.
Hope I have solved your query. I will be happy to help you further. Wish you good health. Thanks.

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Suggest an over the counter medication for chest congestion and stuffed nose

Brief Answer: Take antihistamine and anti inflammatory drug combination. Detailed Answer: Thanks for your question on Health Care Magic. I can understand your concern. By your history and description, possibility of Upper respiratory tract infection is more. So do following things. 1. Drink plenty of fluids orally and keep yourself hydrated. 2. Do steam inhalation and warm water gargles 5-6 times a day. 3. Take combination of antihistamine and anti inflammatory drug. Combination is easily available over the counter. Names are Dcold total, Diamonic DCA etc. You can ask to pharmacist about combination of phenylephrine, chlorpheniramine and paracetamol combination. (if you don't get above mentioned brand names). 4. Also start broad spectrum antibiotic like levofloxacin or azithromycin once a day. Hope I have solved your query. I will be happy to help you further. Wish you good health. Thanks.