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oxymetazoline overdose in children

A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
59 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Steroids: The immediate cessation of the nasal spray and the use of oral steroid for several weeks may reverse this condition known as rhinitis medicamentosa. ... Read More

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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Diamond
44 years experience Family Medicine
Stop Afrin (oxymetazoline): First, stop afrin, then tapered steroids, and prescription nasal spray, oral decongestants if cardiac status allows, sometimes saline drops or spray.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
37 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Cold turkey: Technically, you don't overdose on afrin, you become addicted to it due to the rebound swelling of your nasal membranes after using it for more than a ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anifat Balogun
28 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Not advisable: The usual dosing of afrin for an adult is 2 sprays/nostril twice a day. Any more is overdosing. It does not give incrementally improved results and ri ... Read More
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A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Kam
Dr. David Kam answered
35 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Decongestant spray: Many folks are addicted to decongestant nasal sprays due to instant results. Do not use it for more than 3 days! see an ENT doctor for treatment.
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A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Jaindl
36 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
The problem with ..: With long-term use of afrin is the rebound effect in the nasal cavity and a potential for increasing blood pressure. Diluting it with saline is no ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Lee
Dr. David Lee answered
31 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Yes in the spray: The spray form has oxymetazoline. The oral form does not.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience Ophthalmology
Probably OK: If the bottle was unopened but is otherwise intact, then you can try to use it and see if the effect you get is what is to be expected. The component ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
NO: It should not be used for longer than 3 days.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Klein
40 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Throw it away: I would not use any expired product with the exception of adrenaline or Epinephrine if it is a lifesaving situation and nothing else is available. Th ... Read More
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