The FDA warns that too much of it can damage your heart
The FDA has issued a warning regarding a popular nose decongestant that can cause heart damage if misused.
Over-the-counter drugs are consumed when a variety of symptoms occur, be it a cold, headache, abdominal pain, or some type of physical pain. These medicines usually have a permanent place in our medicine cabinets. Most of us believe they are safe as they do not require a doctor’s prescription. However, all drugs come with a reasonable proportion of risks, especially if they are used too often.
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Benzedrex, a nasal decongestant, can cause serious heart and mental health problems if misused. The FDA released a statement on March 25 claiming that symptoms could include rapid or abnormal heart rhythm, high blood pressure, and paranoia, which in severe situations can lead to hospitalization and even death.
In recent years, cases of nasal decongestant abuse have increased significantly. The most common side effects are “rapid heart rate, restlessness, high blood pressure, chest pain, tremors, hallucinations, delusions, confusion, nausea and vomiting”.
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There is a warning on the label of the nasal spray that indicates the risks posed by a chemical called propylhexedrine, which is absorbed when used and can cause dangerous blood pressure levels. Nasal decongestant sprays have traditionally been used to relieve nasal congestion that can occur with colds, allergies, fevers, and more.
Benzedrex should be used according to the guidelines outlined on the label. Two sprays should be given into each nostril every two hours, limited to three days of use.