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A 21-year-old male asked:

Taking nasonax for 2 weeks for afrin (oxymetazoline) addictions. will i still have a rebound affect if i stop nasonax. is it safe to stop nasonax unlike oral steroid?

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Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
No rebound: When you stop a corticosteroid nasal spray you don't get rebound. Your nose may get stuffy but it will never rebound the same way that an over-the-counter decongestant nasal spray would.
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Dr. Gena Kluwe
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Nasonex (mometasone) is : A good way to get off afrin (oxymetazoline). No rebound effect. No, you don't need to taper it like oral steroids. Remember, never use afrin (oxymetazoline) for more than 2-3 days max or you will get that horrible rebound congestion. Good luck !
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Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu commented
Allergy and Immunology 58 years experience
However if the cause which led to your using Afrin in the first place is still there, then you would expect the same problem a few days following stopping Nasonex.
Nov 2, 2013

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