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A 38-year-old female asked:

can afrin (oxymetazoline) nose spray cause nervousness and increase anxiety? i used two squirts this morning for congestion and now i'm really nervous. will it pass?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Frank Amico Jr
Internal Medicine 11 years experience
Yes: yes, it can definitely cause those symptoms. Please do not be to afraid as you will be just fine. It will definitely pass. Feel better!!
Dr. Julan Crane
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Afrin (oxymetazoline): Yes this could be a side effect and will go away as the drug is metabolized.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dentistry 45 years experience
Possibly: Some side effects of Afrin (oxymetazoline) are: (but not for everyone,) Blurred vision fast, irregular, or pounding heartbeat headache, dizziness, drowsiness, or lightheadedness high blood pressure increase in runny or stuffy nose nervousness trembling trouble in sleeping weakness

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