What About Over the Counter Medications?
If you can’t breathe, you struggle for air. Oxygen is essential for all body functions. Labored breathing during your sleep causes snoring. Over-the-counter and prescription decongestants or antihistamines help you breathe better to stop snoring.
Decongestants to Stop Snoring:
Congestion means your nose is stuffy. This can clog your ears, give you a sore throat and make you snore in your sleep. Congestion might occur when you have allergies or other breathing problems. Decongestants offer quick, temporary relief of nasal and sinus congestion. Talk to your physician about over-the-counter and prescription decongestants.
Decongestants can be administered orally or in a nasal spray. You may choose take a pill or capsule decongestant with a glass of water. Oral decongestants include over-the-counter Claritin-D. Nasal sprays such as over-the-counter Afrin provide instant relief from sinus congestion. Just squirt the nasal spray in each nostril according to the directions to breathe better right away. Usually nasal decongestants are not used for longer than a week. Possible side effects of decongestants include anxiety, irregular heartbeat, insomnia, dizziness, headache, tremors and increased blood pressure. If you experience any side effects, contact your doctor immediately.
Antihistamines to Stop Snoring:
Antihistamines resemble decongestants because they are administered the same way. Antihistamines are given orally and in nasal sprays. However, antihistamines work differently than decongestants. Histamine is the inflammatory chemical released by your immune system when you have an allergic reaction. Antihistamines block histamine to minimize allergy symptoms.
Antihistamines relieve congestion, labored breathing and related snoring. Antihistamines are available over-the-counter and by prescription. Discuss antihistamines with your doctors before you take them. Examples of antihistamines include Zyrtec, Tavist, Allegra and Astelin. Possible side effects of antihistamines include fatigue, dizziness, drowsiness, headache, sore throat and nosebleeds. Taking decongestants or antihistamines (you do not take both at one time) can relieve congestion to help you stop snoring.