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Dr. Andrew Rynne
Dr. Andrew Rynne

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Suggest a remedy for allergies and nasal congestion

I was taking a 12-Hr Sudafed along with a Zyrtec for my allergies, but I would wake up around 3 am every night. I decided to cut the Sudafed in half, which improved my sleep and seemed to be semi effective for my nasal congestion. However, my pharmacist said not to do so because it wasn t really cutting the dose in half. All she said was, It doesn t work that way. Is that right, and what do you recommend so I can breathe AND sleep?
Wed, 16 Jul 2014
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Thanks for your query.

I need to know few more information to give a precise opinion:
>How long have you been suffering from nasal congestion and allergic manifestations?
>Do you have any known triggers like dust,cold etc?
>Do you have breathlessness,cough ,wheeze or chest tightness?(to rule out asthma)

Then I would check for deviated nasal septum(DNS).

Steroid nasal spray like Beclometasone is found helpful in long standing nasal blockage due to allergy.I might have prescribed this medicine along with antihistamine and xylometazoline nasal drop after excluding asthma and gross DNS.

If you are facing facing with these problems for a long period of time,please rule out asthma and gross DNS after meeting with your local doctor and get treatment accordingly.

Hope this helps you.
Wish you good health.

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