North Miami, Florida
A 56-year-old female asked:
awhile back i had a cold and took nose spray, now when i try to stop my nose gets clogged up what can i do to help discontinuing the use?
1 doctor answer • 2 doctors weighed in
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Taper spray: Steady use of nasal decogestants can lead to severe rebound vascular swelling and stuffiness when stopped. This is uncomfortable but will go away over 3 days to 3 weeks on its own. Reducing number of sprays per day every 2-3 days until you are off it can make it easier. Your doctor may help you taper it with nasal steroid spray or oral decongestants, which can reduce rebound stuffiness.
Last updated Oct 23, 2017
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