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Afrin And Beta Blockers
No: Limit use to a maximum of 3 days. ...Read more
Saline: Nasal saline washes.Get a more detailed answer ›
They can be used: Together.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
What would happen if someone uses Oxymetazoline nasal drops for years and years? What consequences could bring?
Rhinitis medicamen-: Tosa is prolonged use of nasal decongestant, oxymethazoline, which leads to habituation (one has to use more of the medication to get the same effect) and to inability to stop using the drops because of rebound congestion when med wears off. For these reasons, and the side effects of increased HR/BP, decong. Drops should be used max. 7 days. Often need help of doc and use of steroid drops to stop. ...Read more
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
Yes: Afrin (oxymetazoline) decongestant for relief of nasal congestion due to common cold/hay fever/allergies. Also shrinks swollen nasal passages so you can breathe easier. Do not use for >3 days (to avoid worsen congestion). Mucinex (guaifenesin) reliefs chest congestion helps to loosen phlegm (mucous).Take with lots of water. If symptoms persist /not better in ~ 7 days see a doctor. Take care. ...Read more
Oxymetazoline: No, Oxymetazoline is a decongestant. It temporarily helps with nasal congestion by constricting the local blood vessels and reducing swelling and congestion. If used more than 3 days, it can cause a rebound effect and worsen symptoms. Antihistamines are a separate class of medications. They block the effects histamine, which help reduce the watery eyes and runny nose. ...Read more
No: It is ok to use afrin (oxymetazoline) for 3-4 nights in a row and then stop. It can be addicting to the nose very quickly (by 7 days of daily usage) and then you get rebound stuffiness from the afrin (oxymetazoline). If you have chronic stuffiness you need an evaluation to look for allergies and other options to improve your symptoms. ...Read more
Afrin (oxymetazoline) in the nose won't go to your ear so that is definitely safe. Even if you got a little afrin (oxymetazoline) in your ear it should still be okay as it is used sometimes in ear surgeries if there is bleeding in the ear.
Remember not to use afrin (oxymetazoline) more that a few days as it has the potential to be "addicting". ...Read more
Is it ok to use afrin in very low dosages on some nights for nasal stuffiness? I try not to overuse it.
Afrin (oxymetazoline) use: It is ok to use it a couple of days per week. ...Read more
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
I am flying for the first time, is it okay to take sudafed with afrin (oxymetazoline)? If so how soon should I use booth before the plane takes off and lands?
No: Both medications are considered decongestants, so you only want to take one or the other, not both. If you take the sudafed, I would take it about 30 minutes prior to flying. If you use the afrin, (oxymetazoline) it tends to start working fairly quickly, so 5-10 minutes prior to flying should be adequate. ...Read more
I'm 33years old. My nasals (oxymetazoline) get blocked every 3-4 hours every day I face dis problem since 12 years. I tried lots of treatments but no cures please advice?
Decongestants: If you have been using over the counter decongestant medications to try and get relief, such as afrin, neosynephrine, Vicks 4 way, etc, you may now have something called rhinitis medicamentosa due to the repeated use of the topical decongestant medication. This causes rebound nasal congestion when the decongestant wears off which occurs quicker over time. See and ENT or allergist. ...Read more
Used afrin (oxymetazoline) then noticed acrid-like sensation/smell and it won't go away/ been 4 days stuffed up/ had hard time sleeping so tried the afrin (oxymetazoline)
This is a very hard question to answer, as there's not much research in this area, but I've heard this before with people who use afrin or sudafed (an oral decongestant). My feeling is that these medications overly dry out the nose (and your mucous), so it sticks around and festers. The other potential mechanism would be that the spray is directly irritating the nerve endings responsible for smell. We saw this with zycam spray (which rendered some without any sense of smell at all).
I'd recommend that you use lots of nasal saline spray to work on getting the stuff out of your nose. ...Read more
My nose is terribly stuffy. I've used afrin (oxymetazoline) and Vicks for the allotted time but I am miserable! Is there anything else I can do? How long is afrin (oxymetazoline) ok?
From the afrin (oxymetazoline): Afrin (oxymetazoline) is best used for three days followed by three day break, may repeat this cycle. Usually it takes a while to develop swelling from daily use but some can have severe continuing swelling after just a couple applications. Also need to make sure there isn't a sinusitis causing the blockage. Suggest sudafed, topical steroid sprays, saline rinse, and brief oral steroids. May need to see ent. ...Read more
I took afrin (oxymetazoline) nasel spray for a cold this afternoon, is it safe for me to still take nyquil tonight even though it won't be 12 hours since I took afrin (oxymetazoline)?
Yes: Yes. It will be fine as long as you don't have a heart or BP condition. ...Read more