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Can I take a decongestant pill and nasal spray at the same time?

(Consumer Reports) When I use an over-the-counter decongestant nasal spray, like Afrin, can I also take decongestant pills? What should I watch out for?
There is probably no need to take them at the same time, say our pharmacist consultants. You don't need to—and, if you do take both, you might get an overload of decongestant. But when suffering from a cold, it may be a good idea to use a spray for the first few days, and then switch to an oral decongestant, if it's still needed. (If congestion is caused by allergies, your best, first bet is an over-the-counter antihistamine.)…
For nasal congestion relief, don't rule out nondrug treatments. For example, studies show that a saltwater rinse for the nose can also help. And, believe it or not, chicken soup can help you feel better.
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