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Afrin Nasal Preparation
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
Im 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What can happen to someone who uses Oxymetazoline nasal drops for years and years without stopping?
Oxymetazoline use: it stops having an effect and can actually make things worse - Oxymetazoline or AFRIN (oxymetazoline) - works well for maybe 1-2 days but then can cause the same symptoms it was being used to treat. I would STOP using it - allow your body to flush it out of its system see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxymetazoline 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
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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