Nasal Decongestants (cont.)

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What drugs interact with nasal decongestants?

Nasal decongestants decrease levels of intranasal nicotine. They prolong the time to reach peak concentrations and decrease peak concentrations of nicotine intranasal.

What formulations of nasal decongestants are available?

Nasal decongestants are available as sprays, drops, and inhalers.

Are nasal decongestants safe during pregnancy or while breastfeeding?

Intranasal decongestants may be absorbed into the blood stream. They have not been adequately evaluated in pregnant or breastfeeding women. They should only be used during pregnancy or while breastfeeding if the benefits outweigh the risks.

REFERENCE: Pray, W., et al. "Safe Use of Nasal Decongestants." Medscape.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/30/2016

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