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Medications for Nasal Congestion

Drugs associated with Nasal Congestion

The following drugs and medications are in some way related to, or used in the treatment of this condition.

What is Nasal Congestion: Nasal congestion refers to a stuffy nose. In most cases, the nose becomes congested when the tissues lining it become swollen. The swelling is due to inflamed blood vessels.

Drug name Rx / OTC Pregnancy CSA Alcohol Reviews Rating Popularity
pseudoephedrine Rx/OTC N N 34 reviews
7.0

Generic name: pseudoephedrine systemic

Brand names:  Sudafed 12-Hour, Sudafed Congestion, Sudafed 24-Hour, SudoGest, Entex, Suphedrine, Sudafed Children's Nasal Decongestant, Cenafed, Children's Dimetapp Decongestant Infant, Chlor-Trimeton Nasal Decongestant, Contac Cold, Drixoral Decongestant Non-Drowsy, Drixoral Non-Drowsy, ElixSure Congestion, Elixsure Decongestant, Genaphed, nasofed, Nexafed, Silfedrine, Suphedrin, Unifed

Drug class: decongestants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph

 
Afrin OTC C N 11 reviews
6.0

Generic name: oxymetazoline nasal

Drug class: nasal antihistamines and decongestants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
Sudafed 12-Hour Rx/OTC N N Add review
10

Generic name: pseudoephedrine systemic

Drug class: decongestants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
Sudafed Congestion Rx/OTC N N 5 reviews
7.0

Generic name: pseudoephedrine systemic

Drug class: decongestants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
phenylephrine Rx/OTC C N 8 reviews
7.0

Generic name: phenylephrine systemic

Brand names:  Sudafed PE Congestion, Neo-Synephrine, Sudafed PE Children's Nasal Decongestant, Sudogest PE, AH-Chew D, Contac-D, Dimetapp Toddler's Drops Decongestant, Gilchew IR, Little Colds Decongestant, Lusonal, Nasop, Nasop12, Ricobid-D

Drug class: vasopressors, decongestants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
Claritin-D OTC B N 22 reviews
7.0

Generic name: loratadine / pseudoephedrine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
oxymetazoline OTC C N 35 reviews
7.0

Generic name: oxymetazoline nasal

Brand names:  Afrin, Zicam Extreme Congestion Relief, Mucinex Sinus-Max Full Force, Zicam Sinus Relief, Vicks Sinex 12-Hour Decongestant Nasal Spray, 12 Hour Nasal, Afrin NoDrip Sinus, Allerest 12 Hour Nasal Spray, Dristan 12 Hour Nasal Spray, Four-Way Nasal Spray, Nostrilla, Duramist Plus, Duration, Genasal, Mucinex Sinus-Max Moisture Smart, Neo-Synephrine 12 Hour, Nostrilla 12 Hour, NRS Nasal, Sinarest Nasal, Todays Health Nasal Relief Extra Moisturizing

Drug class: nasal antihistamines and decongestants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts

 
Claritin-D 24 Hour OTC B N 3 reviews
4.0

Generic name: loratadine / pseudoephedrine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
Sudafed PE Congestion Rx/OTC C N 1 review
6.0

Generic name: phenylephrine systemic

Drug class: vasopressors, decongestants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
Neo-Synephrine Rx/OTC C N Add review
10

Generic name: phenylephrine systemic

Drug class: vasopressors, decongestants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
Loratadine-D 24 Hour OTC B N 1 review
10

Generic name: loratadine / pseudoephedrine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
Ayr Saline Nasal OTC C N 2 reviews
1.0

Generic name: sodium chloride nasal

Drug class: nasal lubricants and irrigations

For consumers: side effects

 
loratadine / pseudoephedrine OTC B N 30 reviews
7.0

Generic name: loratadine / pseudoephedrine systemic

Brand names:  Claritin-D, Claritin-D 24 Hour, Loratadine-D 24 Hour, Claritin-D 12 Hour, AllerClear D-24 Hour, Alavert D-12 Hour Allergy and Sinus, Leader Allergy Relief D-24

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts

 
Sudafed 24-Hour Rx/OTC N N 3 reviews
6.0

Generic name: pseudoephedrine systemic

Drug class: decongestants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
Drixoral Rx/OTC C N X 11 reviews
9.0

Generic name: dexbrompheniramine / pseudoephedrine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: interactions, side effects

 
sodium chloride OTC C N 5 reviews
3.0

Generic name: sodium chloride nasal

Brand names:  Ayr Saline Nasal, NasoGel, Rhino-Mist, Salinex

Drug class: nasal lubricants and irrigations

For consumers: side effects

 
SudoGest Rx/OTC N N 1 review Add

Generic name: pseudoephedrine systemic

Drug class: decongestants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
Claritin-D 12 Hour OTC B N 3 reviews
6.0

Generic name: loratadine / pseudoephedrine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
Entex Rx/OTC N N Add review Add

Generic name: pseudoephedrine systemic

Drug class: decongestants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
phenylephrine OTC C N 8 reviews
9.0

Generic name: phenylephrine nasal

Brand names:  Vicks Sinex Nasal Spray, 4 Way Fast Acting Nasal Spray, Neo-Synephrine Nasal, Afrin 4 Hour Extra Moisturizing, Little Noses Decongestant, Nasal Four, Rhinall

Drug class: nasal antihistamines and decongestants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts

 
Suphedrine Rx/OTC N N Add review Add

Generic name: pseudoephedrine systemic

Drug class: decongestants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
epinephrine Rx/OTC C N Add review Add

Generic name: epinephrine topical

Drug class: miscellaneous topical agents, mouth and throat products

For consumers: interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts

 
NasoGel OTC C N Add review Add

Generic name: sodium chloride nasal

Drug class: nasal lubricants and irrigations

For consumers: side effects

 
Rhino-Mist OTC C N Add review Add

Generic name: sodium chloride nasal

Drug class: nasal lubricants and irrigations

For consumers: side effects

 
Salinex OTC C N Add review Add

Generic name: sodium chloride nasal

Drug class: nasal lubricants and irrigations

For consumers: side effects

 
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Alternative treatments for Nasal Congestion

The following products are considered to be alternative treatments or natural remedies for Nasal Congestion. Their efficacy may not have been scientifically tested to the same degree as the drugs listed in the table above. However there may be historical, cultural or anecdotal evidence linking their use to the treatment of Nasal Congestion.

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Off Label This medication may not be approved by the FDA for the treatment of this condition.
Prescription Only / Over the Counter
Rx Prescription Only
OTC Over the Counter
Rx/OTC Prescription or Over the Counter
Pregnancy
A Adequate and well-controlled studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
B Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
C Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
D There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
X Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use of the drug in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
N FDA has not classified the drug.
Controlled Substances Act Schedule
N The drug is not subject to the Controlled Substances Act.
1 The drug has a high potential for abuse. The drug has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. There is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug under medical supervision.
2 The drug has a high potential for abuse. The drug has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions. Abuse of the drug may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.
3 The drug has a potential for abuse less than the drugs in schedules 1 and 2. The drug has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse of the drug may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence.
4 The drug has a low potential for abuse relative to the drugs in schedule 3. The drug has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse of the drug may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to the drugs in schedule 3.
5 The drug has a low potential for abuse relative to the drugs in schedule 4. The drug has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse of the drug may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to the drugs in schedule 4.
Alcohol
X Interacts with Alcohol.

Synonym(s): Blocked Nose

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