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Q. Had a bypass surgery. Can I take Actifed and Otrivine nasal drops together?

Answered by
Dr. Hafiz Muhammad Hassan Shoukat
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Dec 31, 2018

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.


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