Consult Your Pharmacist - BP Effects of Nasal Decongestants

US Pharmacist. 2000;25(2) 

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FDA-Required Warning

From the initial phase of the FDA OTC review, the panel that examined nasal decongestants recommended a warning that the products not be used by patients with high blood pressure or heart disease. In 1994, the panel reached the last phase of the review. In the final rule governing both oral and topical decongestants, the FDA mandated the following warning: "Do not use this product if you have heart disease, high blood pressure, thyroid disease, diabetes, or difficulty in urination due to enlargement of the prostate gland unless directed by a doctor."[1]


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