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What are the side effects of taking decongestants?

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Decongestants make some people feel jittery or have trouble sleeping. If that happens, cut back on caffeine while taking them. If that doesn't help, you may need to stop taking them. Nasal sprays are less likely to cause these problems and may be a short-term solution.

From: Decongestants WebMD Medical Reference

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 William Blahd on January 14, 2017

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 William Blahd on January 14, 2017

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