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Is it bad to use afrin

A 77-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Strickland Jr
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Depends: Afrin (oxymetazoline) can elevate blood pressure; so it should definitely be avoided in uncontrolled hypertensive patients and anyone with significant... Read More
Dr. Eric Handler
Emergency Medicine 21 years experience
Occasional is ok: Just avoid using it for more than three days as this can cause a rebound congestion. You can alternate nostrils to decrease the chance of that happen... Read More
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
OK to use: Afrin for occasional nasal congestion is perfectly fine. You can get rebound with sustained use (3-5 days). But it is safe and effective. I use it mys... Read More

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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 61 years experience
No: Stop the afrin immediately or you will develop rebound and rhinitis medicamentosa, a fancy name that will make your nose worse and breathing worse. O... Read More
A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegabanswered
Allergy and Immunology 41 years experience
Yes, but: Read the labels carefully and don't exceed recommended dosage and duration for either, as for afrin don't exceed 3 days in a row, if no improvement se... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Elton
A Verified Doctoranswered
35 years experience
Addiction: Nasal sprays like afrin can be addictive because they work and sometimes create a need for themselves. Some patients use them for decades and just can... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Devin Cunning
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
OxymetazolinRhinitis: See your ENT physician. Long term oxymetazoline use causes rebound nasal swelling and possibly nasal septal perforation. Your physician may place yo... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. J. patrick Tokarz
Specializes in Family Medicine
Probably not: There are many causes for muscle cramps, but given your age and the fact that you're working in heat, my first thought would be dehydration or an elec... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Goldman
Rheumatology 56 years experience
Can only use few day: Can only use 3 days. You need to ask your physician to have you see an ENT specialist. You may have sinus disease.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 46 years experience
This side effect: from nasal sprays is expected and does not cause problems. The constituents in Afrin and other nasal sprays do not cause lung inflammation or infectio... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Franklyn Gergits
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Afrin (oxymetazoline) spray: Hello, the afrin nasal spray will have little affect to your body as a whole. The best method of administering the spray is with your head in an uprig... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Lee
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 33 years experience
Yes in the spray: The spray form has oxymetazoline. The oral form does not.