Decongestants are drugs that decrease nasal congestion. Nasal decongestants can help with snoring, colds, and allergies. Side effects include nervousness, difficulty sleeping, and increased heart rate and an increase in blood pressure. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how decongestants work, who needs them and why, and much more.
Decongestants and Antihistamines for the Common Cold
Learn more about decongestants and antihistamines -- and whether they'll relieve your cold symptoms.
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Breathing Problems: Causes, Tests, and Treatments
WebMD explains common causes of breathing problems, including allergies and asthma. Learn more about breathing problems and how they're diagnosed and treated.
Cold Medicine for Adults: Treat Your Symptoms
Over-the-counter cold medicines won’t cure your cold, but they might make you more comfortable, so you can rest as it runs its course. Here's a look at some common products and what they can do for you.