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Afrin Side Effects
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
Nasal Stuffiness: Afrin (oxymetazoline) works wonders for stuffiness but the nose can become addicted quickly so it is advised to not use afrin (oxymetazoline) more than three days in a row. See your doc. If you have not been allergy tested that would be helpful. Diet can lead to chronic stuffiness as well. You deserve a good evaluation. ...Read more
Rhin. Medicamentosa: Rhinitis medicamentosa is the long term result of nasal afrin dependency, in which the nose requires more frequent applications of the medication oxymetazoline to alleviate the congestion that is becoming tolerant to the drug. This condition is one of a dry, crusted nose that bleeds regularly, and the cartilage is vulnerable to deterioration and perforation. ...Read more
I have been using nose spray for approximately 45 years 2 or more times a day (like afrin (oxymetazoline) and 4-way) could I get cushing' disease and what other side e?
No: You cannot get cushings' syndrome, the result of taking large amounts of corticosteroids, from decongestant sprays like afrin. You can become and probably are dependent on these sprays, a condition called rhinitis medicamentosa. You also cannot get cushings' from using topical corticosteroid nasal sprays. The dose is just too low to cause such a side-effect. ...Read more
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
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
Yes: There are no interactions.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
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
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
Yes, at your age: And no cardiac conditions, but not advisable ...Read more
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
What can happen to someone who uses Oxymetazoline nasal drops for years and years without stopping?
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
http://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/Oxymetazoline
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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
I have been using afrin (oxymetazoline) for about 15 years. It stopped working as well two years ago. I weaned off it for 3 months and still could not breathe right.?
See an ENT: You have some obstruction that needs to be addressed. Two most common reasons are a deviated septum and or significant swelling (hypertrophy) of the inferior turbinates. Both can be easily addresses by a good surgeon. ...Read more
Not directly: If you use afrin for more than 3 days, you may develop what is called rhinitis medicamentosa or rebound. This is a condition wherein every time you inappropriately use the nasal drop or spray, the tissue becomes even more swollen. With enough swelling, you may develop anosmia or loss of smell. This leads then to an alteration of taste. Stop using afrin and have a doctor put you on steroids. ...Read more
They can be used: Together.Get a more detailed answer ›