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Side effects of using afrin (oxymetazoline) for more than 3 days?

Side effects of using afrin (oxymetazoline) for more than 3 days?

Afrin (oxymetazoline) side effects..: Side effects of using afrin for longer than 3 days include return and worsening of nasal congestion. Feeling nervous, headaches and insomnia are other possible side effects. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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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Whar are the side effects if you use afrin (oxymetazoline) sinus for more than 3 days?

Afrin (oxymetazoline): 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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Using low dose afrin for chronic nasal stuffiness. What side effects?

Using low dose afrin for chronic nasal stuffiness. What side effects?

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

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Using low dose afrin for chronic nasal stuffiness. What side effects are possible or probable?

Using low dose afrin for chronic nasal stuffiness.  What side effects are possible or probable?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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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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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Does afrin (oxymetazoline) mess up your sense of taste?

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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Afrin (Definition)

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