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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
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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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Afrin (oxymetazoline) mix with equal part saline solution. Allows for long term use without overdosing. Healthy? Or cancer causing?

The problem with. .: With long-term use of afrin is the rebound effect in the nasal cavity and a potential for increasing blood pressure. Diluting it with saline is not a good long-term solution. There are some prescription nasal sprays that are safe to use for the long-term treatment of allergies and nonallergic nasal conditions. There is no association with the use of afrin and cancer. ...Read more

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Can you take many sprays of afrin (oxymetazoline) in one day without overdosing?

Can you take many sprays of afrin (oxymetazoline) in one day without overdosing?

Not advisable: The usual dosing of afrin for an adult is 2 sprays/nostril twice a day. Any more is overdosing. It does not give incrementally improved results and risks you complications like headache, insomnia and nervousness. Absolute maximum time of usage of afrin is 5 days. Longer than this leads to tachphylaxis and worsening of nasal congestion. If you find yourself chronically congested, see your doctor. ...Read more

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What should you do when you accidently swallow "afrin"?

No problem: There shouldn't be a problem swallowing a small amount of afrin nasal spray. I would do nothing and not be concerned about it. ...Read more

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Should I use expired afrin (oxymetazoline)?

Recommend: Use within expiration date. If it has been used previously - would definitely recommend throwing it away. ...Read more

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Can expired afrin (oxymetazoline) still be used?

Agree w Dr. Klein: Recommend that expired oxymetazoline not be used. After the episode that oxymetazoline has been used for passes – toss the container (to avoid contamination). ...Read more

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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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How do I space taking afrin (oxymetazoline) and qnasl an hour apart??

See below: If your physician told you to space them an hour apart you just take the Qnasl an hour after the Afrin (oxymetazoline). However, I'm not aware that it's necessary to space them apart. ...Read more

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Just opened afrin (oxymetazoline) and noticed it expired 10/14. Can I still use it for 2 days for my cold?

Just opened afrin (oxymetazoline) and noticed it expired 10/14. Can I still use it for 2 days for my cold?

Expired medications: Natural course medications in shelf degrade with time, becomes less potent than the therapeutic dose, some break down product may even harmful to health. Now no doctor will advise you to take ' expired medication' even for cold take at your own risk. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Oxymetazoline (Definition)

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