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Does using a nasal expectorant help with the rebound effect of afrin addiction?

Does using a nasal expectorant help with the rebound effect of afrin addiction?

Try neti pot: Variety of preparations can be used to alleviate afrin (oxymetazoline) rebound effects ("runny nose, " congestion), but it may be individual; it is important to know why afrin (oxymetazoline) was initially started, and treat the underlying condition, too. In general, it may take a while to improve; may be worth talking to your doctor about. Overall, neti pot may help: www.Fammed. Wisc. Edu/research/past-projects/nasal-irrigation. ...Read more

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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?

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?

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! ...Read more

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Tps for curing oxymetazoline addiction? I'm addicted since 10 years and need to stop

Tps for curing oxymetazoline addiction? I'm addicted since 10 years and need to stop

ENT Evaluatiion: I suggest an evaluation with an ear, nose & throat specialist to start with, also known as an otolaryngologust. You need an examination of your nasal passages and treatment for what is likely, some chronic inflammation. Then, perhaps some counseling to keep your habit from reoccuring. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is afrin (oxymetazoline) safe in pregnancy?

Afrin (oxymetazoline) is FDA: Pregnancy category c. Thus, it has not been established if it will cause harm to unborn child in humans. This should be discussed with your obstetrician/ physician to determine if benefits outweigh risks. ...Read more

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Is afrin (oxymetazoline) allergy ok for kids?

Afrin (oxymetazoline): Afrin should only be used for 2 to 3 days. Longer use can cause rebound nasal congestion due to down regulation of the number of Alpha receptors in the nasal tissue. Avoid using afrin in children under the age of 6. ...Read more

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Can a pregnant woman take afrin (oxymetazoline)?

Can a pregnant woman take afrin (oxymetazoline)?

Yes, but . . .: Taken in the third trimester, there appears to be no problem. There are adverse events reported sporadically after high dose/prolonged use, especially in the first two trimesters. My recommendation is use saline nasal spray. Works very well and all it is salt water. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for oxymetazoline overdose?

What is the treatment for oxymetazoline overdose?

Steroids: The immediate cessation of the nasal spray and the use of oral steroid for several weeks may reverse this condition known as rhinitis medicamentosa. The main thing to do once this condition, hopefully is reversed, is to obtain a specific diagnosis such as nasal allergy or hypertrophy (enlargement) of the inferior turbinates. Surgery to reduce the size of the inferior turbinates may be curative. ...Read more

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Can I use afrin (oxymetazoline) and sudafed together?

Can I use afrin (oxymetazoline) and sudafed together?

Yes, but: I recommend that my patients use afrin for an absolute maximum of 5 days if indicated. Sudafed is ok to use at the same time, as long as you have no medical contraindications to using it (heart problems, high blood pressure, etc). See your doctor if your nasal congestion symptoms are not improved within 5 days of use of either medication. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for afrin (oxymetazoline) overdose?

What is the treatment for afrin (oxymetazoline) overdose?

Stop Afrin (oxymetazoline): First, stop afrin, then tapered steroids, and prescription nasal spray, oral decongestants if cardiac status allows, sometimes saline drops or spray. ...Read more

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Can problems with the nasals (oxymetazoline) cause bad breath?

Can problems with the nasals (oxymetazoline) cause bad breath?

Yes: Infected sinuses can cause bad breath, but also have tonsils checked and ask your dentist to make sure there are no infections in your mouth. ...Read more

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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

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I have etd can you use both afrin (oxymetazoline) and Flonase together?

Yes: Afren is an antihistaminic and Flonase is a nasal steroid. Mechanism of action of both drugs is different so they don't interfere with each other.
While Flonase can be used for extended periods (2 weeks or more), afrin is not recommended to use more than 5-7 days because of risk of rebound phenomenon. ...Read more

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Hi! Do you know if I can take afrin (oxymetazoline) and FloNase together?

Yes: Afrin typically should not be used for more than 5 or so consecutive days. Tolerance develops at that point and congestion can worsen. There are studies that suggest nasal steroid blocks development of tolerance, so some patients can actually tolerate Afrin longer. Ask your physician about this before extending use of Afrin and always consult physician before using either of these. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is afrin (oxymetazoline) safe to use in the second trimester? I've used it atleast twice a day for the last two weeks? Is the baby ok?

Is afrin (oxymetazoline) safe to use in the second trimester? I've used it atleast twice a day for the last two weeks?  Is the baby ok?

Don't overuse it: Pregnancy causes congestion from swelling of the nasal membranes. Afrin shrinks the lining but should only be used for a couple of days; any longer causes severe "rebound" congestion. It is also a vasoconstrictor (tightens blood vessels), and while the risk is low, it may affect blood flow to your baby. Check with your doctor for safer and better options to treat your congestion. ...Read more

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My 3 y.o. son had tonsil/adnoid surgery today and was given generic afrin (oxymetazoline)...he ingested some while given this. Is this harmful?

My 3 y.o. son had tonsil/adnoid surgery today and was given generic afrin (oxymetazoline)...he ingested some while given this. Is this harmful?

Not likely: To determine risk in accidental ingestions, the quantity, contents and duration of ingestion are important factors to be considered before determining the risk of injury from the ingestion. Please call the local Poison Control to help clarify if your son is at risk of any harm. Take care. ...Read more

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I think I overdose with afrin (oxymetazoline) lub (oximetazolina .050% spray) I took more than 14 applications by mistake in the same moment. That happened 30 minutes ago?

I think I overdose with afrin (oxymetazoline) lub (oximetazolina .050% spray) I took more than 14 applications by mistake in the same moment. That happened 30 minutes ago?

Decongestant spray: Many folks are addicted to decongestant nasal sprays due to instant results. Do not use it for more than 3 days! See an ENT doctor for treatment. ...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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Is there still oxymetazoline in dristan?

Yes in the spray: The spray form has oxymetazoline. The oral form does not. ...Read more

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Would oxymetazoline HCl show on tox screen?

Not sure: Unlikely if used in recommended amounts. Depends on how much is used. If much used can elevate blood pressure so it can get into the system. Could call poison control center and find out. ...Read more

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Can afrin be used after nasonex (mometasone)?

Can afrin be used after nasonex (mometasone)?

Yes, but....: It will dilute the nasonex (mometasone). If you need to use afrin, use it about 30 minutes before nasonex (mometasone). It will open up the nose so the Nasonex (mometasone) gets in better and will be more effective. Be sure to heed the warnings on the afrin packaging. ...Read more

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Can you become addicted to afrin (oxymetazoline)?

Possibly: I wouldn't necessarily use the word "addicted" when talking about afrin, but, as with any decongestant nasal spray such as afrin, you can get what is called rebound congestion if you use it for more than 2-3 days. This is a condition where the congestion actually gets worse, even while continuing to use the afrin, so you want to restrict use to 2-3 days only. ...Read more

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Can I take Afrin (oxymetazoline) and Flonase together?

Can I take Afrin (oxymetazoline) and Flonase together?

Perhaps: Afrin contains oxymetazoline which can improve nasal congestion when used for short periods of time. Use for more than 3 days can increase risk of rebound congestion and development of a condition called Rhinits Medicamentosa. (RM) Use with a topical steroid nasal spray may (like flute adobe) help to prevent it. You should always minimize use of decongestants because of other possible effects. ...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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What are the side effects of oxymetazoline hydrochloride?

Afrin (oxymetazoline): Hello. Oxymetazoline is the active ingredient in afrin nasal spray. If it is used beyond 5 days, it could cause rhinitis medicamentosa. This is a condition where your nose needs to continue to use the spray just to be able to breath in and out of your nose. This ingredient can also be linked to increased heart rate and blood pressure, insomnia and urinary incontinance. ...Read more

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Will using afrin (oxymetazoline) at night cause insomnia?

May occur: Side effects of oxymetazoline may include: increased nasal congestion if used > 3 to 5 days, rapid heart rate, increased blood pressure, blurred vision, insomnia, headache, dizziness, weakness, trembling, feeling nervous, sneezing & nasal dryness or burning. ...Read more

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Should I stop using afrin (oxymetazoline) before a laparoscopy?

Should I stop using afrin (oxymetazoline) before a laparoscopy?

Likely no: This is all local with minimal absorption into circulation. It shouldn't be an issue w laparoscopy. U should call ur hospital and talk to pre-op nurse or anesthesia person. ...Read more

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Will using afrin (oxymetazoline) at night cause me to sleep better?

Will using afrin (oxymetazoline) at night cause me to sleep better?

Maybe yes - maybe no: Sleep disturbance is a possible side effect of afrin (oxymetazoline). However, if a person was having problems with sleep due to congestion — then use of afrin (oxymetazoline) may help to improve quality of sleep. Remember that Afrin (oxymetazoline) use is limited to 3 to 5 days. ...Read more

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Afrin (Definition)

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