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Quick: Best Decongestant to Dry Runny, Runny Nose

Started 1301180282.703 in Viewpoints | Last reply 1301194182.99 by hopi

Sorry for posting this in Viewpoints, but I quickly need to determine the best decongestant for a non-stop runny nose. I will run to the store as soon as I get some good options. Thank you so much.

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bailey121301180577.23247 PostsRegistered 6/15/2010Northeast Ohio

Allegra has worked for me this week - I felt miserable this time last week and decided to try the Allegra (not the Allegra D) and began feeling better without feeling too tired. Hope you feel better soon!

palmajo1301180802.8437588 PostsRegistered 10/22/2007

A decongestant will help with stuffiness. An antihistamine will stop the runny nose. Something like Zyrtek works great for me.

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upallnight11301180862.983882 PostsRegistered 3/21/2005the frozen tundra

The best for me, hands down, is Benedryl, generic version at Wal-Mart: diphenhydramine HCI 25 mg. 100 capsules: $4.00, can't beat it.

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CalmInTheH­eart1301180872.987290 PostsRegistered 7/14/2007

A decongestant won't dry up a runny nose. It's for nasal swelling and congestion.

An antihistamine will dry up a runny nose. Just be careful which one you choose as most will make you drowsy.

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CA annie1301181571.0933769 PostsRegistered 1/25/2007Sunny CA

Thank you ladies. It's my adult son who is miserable. I came to visit him and my DIL and they both have bad colds. It sounds like an antihistamine is what he needs, and not a decongestant. We're off to CVS.

{#emotions_dlg.blushing}nnie

ShowMe1301182369.2544102 PostsRegistered 9/6/2010Missouri

Personally, I wouldn't take anything if it just started. Let it take its course. It may not be allergies, could be just a common cold coming on. There are a lot of those going around right now.....the change of temperatures seems to have something to do with it.

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CA annie1301183461.293769 PostsRegistered 1/25/2007Sunny CA

Fluffy, you wouldn't believe how much his nose was running. Very, very bad, and very embarrassing. We have to go to the SF airport to pick up my daughter this evening, and he really needed some relief. We walked to CVS (two blocks away) and he purchased some Allegra. He is also taking a large dose of Vitamin D3 for three consecutive days. Palmejo, the Zyrtek was over 40 bucks! Wew! Also came home with a huge bunch of orange carnations with hot pink tips, and baby's breath for my DIL. They are so pretty and smell wonderful. However, only I can smell them right now. {#emotions_dlg.scared}

{#emotions_dlg.blushing}nnie

sfnative1301184207.2675660 PostsRegistered 4/23/2007Portland, OR

Zyrtec. Per my pharmacist, it has applications for not only allergy and environmental issues, but for the common cold as well, as 75% of colds exhibits allergy symptons.

I purhcase Walgreen's version of Zyrtec and save a bit.

Good luck!

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ShowMe1301184454.33344102 PostsRegistered 9/6/2010Missouri
On 3/26/2011 CA annie said:

Fluffy, you wouldn't believe how much his nose was running. Very, very bad, and very embarrassing. We have to go to the SF airport to pick up my daughter this evening, and he really needed some relief. We walked to CVS (two blocks away) and he purchased some Allegra. He is also taking a large dose of Vitamin D3 for three consecutive days. Palmejo, the Zyrtek was over 40 bucks! Wew! Also came home with a huge bunch of orange carnations with hot pink tips, and baby's breath for my DIL. They are so pretty and smell wonderful. However, only I can smell them right now. {#emotions_dlg.scared}

{#emotions_dlg.blushing}nnie

Oh, I'm so sorry he has such a bad runny nose. Hope the flowers don't bother him....even if he can't smell them.

One of my very dear friends gets that kind of runny nose when she is coming down with a cold. Walks around the house with tissues stuck up each nostril. She is a hoot.

When I get the runny nose like that, I end up with a terrific cough and it ends up in my chest. Don't even want to think about it at this point.

Hope he/they get better soon.

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CA annie1301186882.5033769 PostsRegistered 1/25/2007Sunny CA

Yes, he had tissue stuck up his nose! {#emotions_dlg.biggrin}

{#emotions_dlg.blushing}nnie

kalaim1301187118.933274 PostsRegistered 1/14/2007

The only problem with antihistemines is they cause drowsiness.

My husband and daughter does the tissue in the nose too, they sleep like that too. Very strange, but it must help!

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Maggie Nol­ia1301192409.1714669 PostsRegistered 1/30/2006

Neti pot -- the quickest and the best to wash all that junk out.

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clemintine1301193960.22718234 PostsRegistered 11/5/2007C.C.

Actually, stay away from antihistamines. You want a decongestant, like Sudafed. Don't get the multi-symptom one, just plain decongestant. The old one, with pseudoephedrine is behind the pharmacy counter and in MA you have to sign for it....but it works much better than the new one on the shelves.

An antihistamine dries things out, but it stays in there and can cause a sinus flare-up, even infection. You WANT it to come out.

hopi1301194182.9910951 PostsRegistered 11/26/2006
On 3/26/2011 upallnight1 said:

The best for me, hands down, is Benedryl, generic version at Wal-Mart: diphenhydramine HCI 25 mg. 100 capsules: $4.00, can't beat it.

I just tried Benedry for the first time last week and it really works,

Mucinex is hard on the system and that was my old stand by

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