While there's no cure for the common cold, there are cold medicines that can ease cold symptoms. When taking decongestants and antihistamines, it's important to understand how they work to treat cold symptoms. It's also important to know who should -- and should not -- take decongestants and antihistamines.

Brooksville, Florida — August 30, 2012

According to MCR American Pharmaceuticals, a leading pharmaceutical manufacturer who has been around since 1991, decongestants and antihistamines come in many forms. Decongestants are often found in daytime cold medicines because they may keep you awake. While antihistamines are frequently included in nighttime cold medicines since they can make you drowsy.

How do Decongestants Work?

MCR American Pharmaceuticals explains that decongestants help reduce swelling in the nasal passages by causing the blood vessels in the nasal membranes to narrow. This reduces inflammation, swelling, and mucus production produced by the nasal lining.

How do Antihistamines Work?

According to MCR American Pharmaceuticals, it is unclear if antihistamines are effective for relieving cold symptoms. But for some people, older types of antihistamines may relieve sneezing and a runny nose. MCR American Pharmaceuticals explains that antihistamines work by blocking histamine that is produced by the body in response to an allergen.

Are Antihistamines and Decongestants Safe to Use?

Regarding decongestants and antihistamines’ safety, MCR American Pharmaceuticals recommends patients verify they don’t have any cold medicines that contain the ingredient phenylpropanolamine, PPP, which was used for years to relieve congestion and a stuffy nose. Several years ago PPP was found to increase the risk of stroke. As a result, the FDA banned the use of PPP in all prescription and over-the-counter medications.

What are the Side Effects of Antihistamines and Decongestants?

Antihistamines used to relieve cold symptoms usually cause drowsiness. For this reason, they are usually found in nighttime and cold medicines. Other common side effects include dry mouth, dizziness, and headaches. On the other hand, decongestants tend to keep you awake and are usually taken during the day. Decongestants can increase blood pressure and cause dizziness.

What are Some Common Antihistamines and Decongestants?

MCR American Pharmaceuticals recently debuted a new product line of decongestants and antihistamines that include Congestinex C, Congestinex PE, Maxiphen, Maxiphen DM, Maxifed, Maxifed DMX, Maxifed G, Maxifed DM, Super-Tuss PE, and Super-Tuss PSE. All the company’s medicines are sold on the MCR American Pharmaceuticals Web site.

Bottom line, decongestants and antihistamines both work to ease cold symptoms. However, with each type of medication it’s important to know how they work and what side effects they may have. A little bit of research can go a long way in helping you overcome the common cold.

More About MCR American Pharmaceuticals

MCR American Pharmaceuticals is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the marketing, development, sales and distribution of the highest quality pharmaceuticals. MCR American Pharmaceuticals was founded in 1991 by Jack Reagin. Today the company is owned by David Ambrose and sits in Brooksville, Florida.

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