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A 34-year-old female asked:

can afrin nasal spray cause stomach ulcers if used for a prolonged period of a few months?

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Dr. Mark Jacobson
Allergy and Immunology 31 years experience
Very unlikely: Afrin nasal spray or oxymetazoline constricts blood vessels. In the nose this leads to a decongestant effect. With overuse in the nose oxymetazoline can lead to rebound congestion otherwise known as rhinitis medicamentosa.
Dr. Leila Hashemi
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Afrin (oxymetazoline): Hi, I don't believe so but using Afrin (oxymetazoline) for more than 2-3 days can cause rebound congestion, also it can increase blood pressure and also causes dizziness.

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