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Drugs

bulletDrugs taken for various reasons can have an effect on the voice
bulletAntihistamines are used to treat allergies and cold symptoms. They cause dryness. Drink lots of water when taking antihistamines, or use a nasal spray that will not cause dryness
bulletAspirin and ibuprofen can cause platelet dysfunction and bleeding. Use Tylenol instead
bulletBirth control pills that contain progesterone can have a negative effect on the female vocal register. Inform your doctor that your are a singer and discuss options
bulletLocal anesthetics (such as Chloraseptic) should not be used when singing. They numb the pain caused by vocal fold irritation, causing the singer to overuse and further irritate the vocal folds