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The patient who has nasal congestion asks the nurse to recommend a decongestant medication. The nurse performs a medication history and learns that the patient takes a beta blocker to treat hypertension.
 
  Which over-the-counter product will the nurse recommend?
  a. Diphenhydramine (Benadryl)
  b. Ephedrine HCl (Pretz-D)
  c. Phenylephrine nasal (NeoSynephrine Nasal)
  d. Loratadine (Claritin)
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ANS: C
NeoSynephrine Nasal is a topical decongestant and causes less systemic side effects than ephedrine, which should not be given with beta blockers. Diphenhydramine and loratadine are antihistamines, not decongestants.
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