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What Is Phenylephrine HCI 10 Mg?

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Phenylephrine HCI 10 MG is a nasal decongestant.

This is a commonly used over the counter drug to help relieve a stuffy nose as a result of the common cold, flu, allergies or sinusitis.

The medication can either be taken as an oral pill, a liquid, or as a nasal spray.  Being able to have relief from a stuffed nose can be a lifesaver for people when allergies or the cold hits, so there are many medicines on the market that use Phenylephrine in their active ingredients.

Phenylephrine is an FDA approved drug, but there are some notices and side effects to be aware of.  It should not be used in conjunction with medication for treating an overactive thyroid.  When someone takes Phenylephrine, they can potentially experience headaches, high blood pressure, vomiting or a tingly or cool feel to the skin.  If any of these are experienced, you should talk to your doctor.

The HCI signifies that it is a hydrochloride solution for injection, meaning this particular form of the Phenylephrine will be sprayed up the nostrils to relieve the nasal passages.  It is a vasoconstrictor, which means that it helps to open up the nasal passages.

Some of these nasal sprays can be quite addictive and cause the body to be deprived of certain vitamins if the nasal spray usage is prolonged.  It’s important to talk to a doctor if you experience any side effects to the use.  Higher milligram doses will require a prescription, including Nasonex, whereas Afrin and Sinex are available at most drug stores as an over the counter purchase.
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greg c answered
Phenylephrine hcl is used medically three different ways. 1) decongestant - both oral and nasal spray. 2) mydriatic - pupil dilator as eye drops, used to provide better view of the retina. 3) vasopressor - increases blood pressure in patients with hypotension, which is abnormally low blood pressure. Fyi, according to the latest stats, phenylephrine is the most widely used over-the-counter nasal/sinus decongestant in the US.

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