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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Oxymetazoline (Definition)

Oxymetazoline is a nasal preparation which is a kind of ...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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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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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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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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What would happen if someone uses Oxymetazoline nasal drops for years and years? What consequences could bring?

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

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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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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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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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Can you take afrin and Mucinex (guaifenesin) together?

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

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What can be done for nasal passage burning from afrin?

What can be done for nasal passage burning from afrin?

Afrin (oxymetazoline): Afrin can irritate your nose especially if you taking it too long or it is too dry or already raw, try nasal saline and that is not enough, see your doctor for meds. ...Read more

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Oxymetazoline nasal solution considered a antihistamine?

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

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Can afrin (oxymetazoline) cause eustachian tube problems?

Not usually: If anything afrin (oxymetazoline) helps to open the et opening making it easier on the ears during diving and descending on planes. It may make it too open in which case the ear may feel plugged and you can hear your voice and breathing (autophony). ...Read more

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Can I use afrin in very low dosages every night for nasal stuffiness?

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

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Is it possible for you to use afrin (oxymetazoline) after nose cauterization?

Yes: I routinely recommend Afrin for three days after nasal cautery. Also use saline for crusting, saline gel to coat the nasal musosa and no vigorous nose blowing. ...Read more

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Would it be recommended to to take afrin (oxymetazoline) with a perforated eardrum?

Yes: 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

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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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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?

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

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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?

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

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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: 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

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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

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How should I beat my addition to afrin nasal spray?

Afrin (oxymetazoline): You should see an allergist to get you off your addiction and treat your underlying problem better ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
197 Doctors shared insights

Afrin (Definition)

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