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What to take when you cant use decongestants??

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Old 02-18-2007, 10:36 AM   #1
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What to take when you cant use decongestants??

I have a heart arrythmia (tacycardia) so I cannot take decongestants. I have a serious headcold. My nose is so stuffed I cannot breathe thru it at all. LOTS of sinus pressure and sore nose and eyes. It seems to only be in my head at this point. My neck glands are swollen, but no sore throat (only at night from breathing thru my mouth).

Anyway, my husband has had the same thing and it lasted an entire week. He, however, can take cold meds. I am absolutely miserable and cannot seem to function.

What can I do to relieve some of these symtoms, make the cold go away faster...anything? I take a multi vitamin daily and the past 2 days have taken an extra 1000mg of Vit C. I have Eucalyptus oil burning. And we have a humifidier in the room. I tried nose strips, but they did nothing. I also tried a hot wet rag across my face - no results. This is making me anxious and my HR seems low (about 57)...but I am laying around all day.

I should also mention that I take nasacort and zyrtec daily for allergies. They do not seem to be helping either. I have also been using saline nasal spray throughout the day and night.

Anyway...any suggestions, advice, words of wisdom would be truly appreciated!!!

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Old 02-21-2007, 10:54 PM   #2
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Re: What to take when you cant use decongestants??

Have you tried anything like Mucinex? It's OTC and doesn't have a decongestant but helps to loosen up the mucus so you can get it out more easily.

Old 03-05-2007, 12:31 PM   #3
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Re: What to take when you cant use decongestants??

Hey Cheers! I have tachycardia too. Just give your doctor a quick call and ask what you can take even though you have the tachycardia. I always call them and ask when I get a cold or get sick. They are always very helpful. I would defintely give them a call so you can get something and start feeling better. I know how you feel, I am just getting over the same thing and on top of the tachycardia, I am pregnant too, so I REALLY can't take anything!

Good luck and hope you start feeling better.

Old 03-07-2007, 05:31 PM   #4
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Re: What to take when you cant use decongestants??

I also have tachycardia. The doctor always tells me to take Mucinex. You need to drink a lot of water with it in order for it to work well.

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Old 03-08-2007, 08:10 AM   #5
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Re: What to take when you cant use decongestants??

Hi there...I have "MVP" and can not take them as well.
The absolute BEST remedy is "Breath Right" nasal strips.
It might be kinda funky to wear them during the day...but you will get a wonderful nights sleep...they really work!
*the Mucinex makes me tired...yuk. Tyff

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Old 03-11-2007, 09:26 PM   #6
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Re: What to take when you cant use decongestants??

Coricidin HBP, 2 tabs every 4 hours (analgesic to releive headache, fever etc, an antihistamine to dry things up, and a cough suppresant... no decongestant to mess with your heart)

Ortivin Nasal Mist, 1 spray per nostril every 8 hours

Inhale the steam from boiling water with some eucyliptus oil in it

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