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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Afrin (Overview)

Afrin is a nasal preparation which is a kind of ears, nose, throat agents.


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Aside from afrin, what are other effective nasal decongestants?

Aside from afrin, what are other effective nasal decongestants?

Nasal decongestants: While nasal decongestant sprays or drops can provide some temporary relief from nasal obstruction, they should not be used for more than three days (check the very small print on the bottle). If used for longer, a "rebound" effect will occur, and nasal congestion becomes worse and more difficult to treat. Additionally, longer use of nasal decongestants can permanently damage the nasal septum. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
186 doctors shared insights

Afrin (Overview)

Afrin is a nasal preparation which is a kind of ears, nose, throat agents.


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I use afrin (oxymetazoline) regularly. Is it possible to be addicted to afrin (oxymetazoline)?

I use afrin (oxymetazoline) regularly. Is it possible to be addicted to afrin (oxymetazoline)?

Medicine Nose: That's what rhinitis medicamentosa means. Lots of opinions here; i like dr. Klein's the best. This addiction involves 2 problems - tachyphylaxis - the effects of the spray wear off quickly & rebound - when it wears off you are more stuffed then before you started. "cold turkey" works in 3 days. Topical nasal steroids and saline spray make "rehab" a lot easier. Good luck! ...Read more

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What can I do if i overdosed on afrin (oxymetazoline)?

What can I do if i overdosed on afrin (oxymetazoline)?

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 few days. Your physician can prescribe a nasal spray that is not addicting and add a steroid tablet if severe. ...Read more

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Had a bad cold and used afrin (oxymetazoline).. On 5th day now. Only needed it once today unlike other days. Is it ok to still use tomorrow since i'm needing it less?

No: Stop the afrin immediately or you will develop rebound and rhinitis medicamentosa, a fancy name that will make your nose worse and breathing worse. Otc nasal sprays should only be used for 3 days. The cause of you nasal obstruction is usually a viral infection and saline irrigations are much more physiological and safer. ...Read more

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One nostril gets stopped up/inflammed? Every night. Almost always only one nostril gets stopped up or inflammed at night interrupting my sleep. The nose strips work sometimes but really tired of using those. Afrin works great but i can't use every night

One nostril gets stopped up/inflammed? Every night. Almost always only one nostril gets stopped up or inflammed at night interrupting my sleep.  The nose strips work sometimes but really tired of using those.  Afrin works great but i can't use every night

I : I suggest you see an ENT (ear nose and throat) specialist. You may be dealing with enlarged turbinates. These are are small rounded bony projections inside the breathing passage on each side of your nose. They can cause significant blockage resulting in symptoms as you described in your post. One side could be larger than the other, further explaining your problem. There are procedures to help reduce the size of the turbinates, and would ultimately solve your breathing problem. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take afrin (oxymetazoline) and qnasl together?

Yes but...: Yes, but afrin (oxymetazoline) should not be used for more than 2-3 consecutive days because it could cause more harm then good if used too long. Rhinitis medicamentosa may occur which means that symptoms of a runny nose may occur with too much afrin (oxymetazoline) use. ...Read more

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I used afrin nasal spray.Pumped it while laying down, & a lot streamed in my nose, &some went down my throat! taste a bit bad.Will i be okay!? Danger?

Afrin (oxymetazoline) spray: Hello, the afrin nasal spray will have little affect to your body as a whole. The best method of administering the spray is with your head in an upright position which i think you have now learned. There is no risk or danger. ...Read more

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Side effects of using afrin (oxymetazoline) for more than 3 days?

Afrin (oxymetazoline) side effects..: Side effects of using afrin for longer than 3 days include return and worsening of nasal congestion. Feeling nervous, headaches and insomnia are other possible side effects. ...Read more

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Using Afrin (oxymetazoline) and Nasalcort together for one week trial. Will using Afrin (oxymetazoline) for one week cause a rebound effect? Usually Afrin (oxymetazoline) use no longer than 3 days

Variable: Everyone responds differently to medications. My experience has not shown rebound very often at one week of Afrin (oxymetazoline) use in most patients particularly when steroids used concurrently. Since you have BPH, Afrin (oxymetazoline) may increase your urinary difficulties, however and caution must be used. See your doctor if congestion worsens or difficulty urinating increases. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Oxymetazoline (Definition)

Oxymetazoline is a nasal preparation which is a kind of ...Read more