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Can Actifed and Otrivine nasal drops be used after bypass?

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Published At February 11, 2019
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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I am a 60-year-old man. I have had a bypass operation 17 years back. I am on alpha and beta blockers. Is it possible to take Actifed and Otrivine nasal drops together?


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I would suggest it is better to space these out at least two hours apart. Give a gap of two hours before taking other after taking one. Pseudoephedrine and Oxymetazoline have common alpha agonist activity, can increase, give a surge in BP, especially if your BP already remains at the borderline. Another thing that I am concerned is, if you have underlying subclinical BPH, taking these two together can precipitate urinary retention and you will not be able to empty bladder.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Hafiz Muhammad Hassan Shoukat
Dr. Hafiz Muhammad Hassan Shoukat

Internal Medicine

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