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What are common decongestants?

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Decongestants come in pills, liquids, nose drops, and nasal sprays. Many are available without a prescription. Common decongestants include:

  • Afrin, Dristan, Vicks Sinex (oxymetazoline)
  • Sudafed PE, Suphedrin PE (phenylephrine)
  • Silfedrine, Sudafed, Suphedrin (pseudoephedrine)

SOURCES:

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "AAAI Allergy & Asthma Medication Guide."

American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery: "Antihistamines, Decongestants and Cold Remedies."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Decongestants: OTC Relief for Congestion."

UpToDate: "Patient information: Nonallergic rhinitis (runny or stuffy nose) (Beyond the Basics)."

Wake Forest Baptist Health: "Sinus Infection: Prevention & Treatment."

MedicineNet: "Nasal Allergy Medications."

Medline Plus: "Oxymetazoline Nasal Spray," " Phenylephrine," " Pseudoephedrine."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on February 8, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "AAAI Allergy & Asthma Medication Guide."

American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery: "Antihistamines, Decongestants and Cold Remedies."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Decongestants: OTC Relief for Congestion."

UpToDate: "Patient information: Nonallergic rhinitis (runny or stuffy nose) (Beyond the Basics)."

Wake Forest Baptist Health: "Sinus Infection: Prevention & Treatment."

MedicineNet: "Nasal Allergy Medications."

Medline Plus: "Oxymetazoline Nasal Spray," " Phenylephrine," " Pseudoephedrine."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on February 8, 2019

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