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Doctor insights on: Afrin Warnings And Recalls

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Should I use expired afrin (oxymetazoline)?

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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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Can expired afrin (oxymetazoline) still be used?

Agree w Dr. Klein: Recommend that expired oxymetazoline not be used. After the episode that oxymetazoline has been used for passes – toss the container (to avoid contamination). ...Read more

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What can I do if i overdosed on afrin (oxymetazoline)?

What can I do if i overdosed on afrin (oxymetazoline)?

Cold turkey: Technically, you don't overdose on afrin, you become addicted to it due to the rebound swelling of your nasal membranes after using it for more than a few days. Your physician can prescribe a nasal spray that is not addicting and add a steroid tablet if severe. ...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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Just opened afrin (oxymetazoline) and noticed it expired 10/14. Can I still use it for 2 days for my cold?

Just opened afrin (oxymetazoline) and noticed it expired 10/14. Can I still use it for 2 days for my cold?

Expired medications: Natural course medications in shelf degrade with time , becomes less potent than the therapeutic dose , some break down product may even harmful to health .Now no doctor will advise you to take ' expired medication' even for cold take at your own risk . ...Read more

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Does Afrin (oxymetazoline) slow down the recovery of a cold? Assuming one takes the recommended 3 day usage, and no more.

Does Afrin (oxymetazoline) slow down the recovery of a cold? Assuming one takes the recommended 3 day usage, and no more.

Afrin (oxymetazoline) & rhinitis.: Afrin (oxymetazoline) doesn't make you sick longer, but it does feel like it. Afrin (oxymetazoline) causes something called "rhinitis medicamentosa" which makes you continually stuffy in the nose even though your sinuses are clearing. The end result is that you still feel sick even though you're improving. It's a medication effect unique to Afrin (oxymetazoline). ...Read more

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I have been taking oxymetazoline for 3 nights now, and am trying to stay off it to avoid a rebound. I'm still stuffy, can I take it for 2 more nights?

Nose spray: Yes. Only patients i seen with rebound have been allergy patients who can through 3-5 bottles a day. Short term usage generally does lead to rebound. ...Read more

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Can intermittent use of Afrin cause rebound effect? I have read about use for more than 3-5 consecutive days but no information for taking a day or two off in between just one dose for one day. Have been using it this way for about a month.

Can intermittent use of Afrin cause rebound effect? I have read about use for more than 3-5 consecutive days but no information for taking a day or two off in between just one dose for one day. Have been using it this way for about a month.

Possibly: Use of Afrin the way you describe usually doesn't cause a significant rebound effect but everyone is different. If you have been using it for a month that way then it is a possibility that you could develop a rebound.You can use some fluticasone nasal spray one squirt each nostril once daily for awhile to help reduce the rebound effect. Need to get to why you are using the Afrin that much. See PCP ...Read more

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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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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

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Is it safe to take afrin (oxymetazoline) and qnasl together?

Yes but...: Yes, but afrin (oxymetazoline) should not be used for more than 2-3 consecutive days because it could cause more harm then good if used too long. Rhinitis medicamentosa may occur which means that symptoms of a runny nose may occur with too much afrin (oxymetazoline) use. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use afrin (oxymetazoline) every 10 days or so?

Yes, sounds like: it is not overusage. You can develop dependence if you exceed product label instructions. ...Read more

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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

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How can one stop using afrin (oxymetazoline) without rebound congestion?

Rebound: The doctor usually lets you use it on one side for two to three weeks while he uses steroid nasal spray on the other side and then uses the steroid spray on the remaining side after that or combnies it azelastine if you are allergic. ...Read more

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How long should it take rebound congestion from overusing afrin (oxymetazoline) to go away?

Depends.: This depends on how long you have been using afrin (oxymetazoline) before you try to stop. Your doctor can prescribe medications to help get you off the afrin (oxymetazoline). ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Afrin (Definition)

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