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Question: Decongestant for those with BPH?
|edgor - Mon Nov 16, 2009 3:58 am|
My general doctor said I have early signs of BPH and that I should avoid decongestants. I'm thinking ahead to how miserable this will make things when I next have a cold. Is there something that I can use for a runny nose or a stuffy nose that will not cause issues with my prostate? A local pharmacist said to use Afrin, but I read elsewhere that you need to be careful even with Afrin if you have BPH. I do not have any ongoing allergy problems, I'm just looking for something to use when I have a cold, especially so that I don't wake up with a bad sore throat due to drainage. I thought a urologist would have more knowledge about acceptable meds than a general doctor or pharmacist. I've never seen this question answered on the web anywhere. I have seen that there are homeopathic products like Coldcalm, but am not sure if those are good either.
|Dr.M.Aroon kamath - Fri Nov 27, 2009 9:46 am|
No nasal decongestant appears to be entirely safe from this point of view.They also have a well known potential for abuse.Serious adverse effects can also occur.
The safest nasal decongestant is 'isotonic saline(0.9%) nasal drops. Safe for adults and children as well.
Only your regular doctor would be in an ideal situation to prescribe other drugs based on your clinical presentation.
|edgor - Fri Nov 27, 2009 1:18 pm|
Thanks for the info. Do you have a specific name that you could recommend? The only saline drops I can find at local stores list .65% sodium chloride. I cannot find any that say "Isotonic saline .9%" on the package.
The Simply Saline mist linked above has .9% but I'm not sure if it's isotonic. Simply Saline also make a homeopathic cold formula that has these ingredients. Active: Luffa Operculata HPUS 6X, Sabadilla HPUS 6x; Inactive Ingredients: Benzalkonium Chloride, Glycerin, Menthol, Phenylcarbinol, Purified Water, Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Chloride.
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