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Question: taking 2 meds

 selfmom2 - Mon Feb 21, 2005 6:21 pm

:?: MY daughter went to the doc today for some sinus probs and the doc gave her some "maxi-tuss hcx liquid", and some samples of "durahist", she said she can take these within a couple of hours of each other, but since they are both a decong. is this too much to take. i know the doc said it is fine, but a second opinion is always appreciated. Thanks
 Theresa Jones, RN - Tue Feb 22, 2005 6:33 am

User avatar Hi selfmom2,
How old is your child? In my opinion I would question administering 2 decongestants simultaneously but I will bring this to the attention of one of the doctors on the forum.
 Dr. Heba Ismail - Tue Feb 22, 2005 8:59 am

Dear selfmom2,
Over-the-counter cold medicines have not yet been proven effective for kids under the age of 5. They may offer some relief, but they do have well proven side effects. Decongestants make children hyperactive and antihistamines make them sleepy, in addition to more serious side effects as heart arrhythmias.
Better stick to a single medication, and while we're at it, never give a decongestant for more than one week. It causes a 'rebound chemical rhinitis' that is very resistant to treatment.
 selfmom2 - Tue Feb 22, 2005 9:18 am

my daughter is 12, almost 13
 Dr. Heba Ismail - Tue Feb 22, 2005 12:24 pm

Dear selfmom2,
The side effects mentioned apply at any age.

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