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Can I use olive leaf extract or grapefruit seed extract nasal sprays to get off Afrin rebound sinusitis?

Can I use olive leaf extract or grapefruit seed extract nasal sprays to get off Afrin rebound sinusitis?

Surgery may not help: I am a doctor who suffered for years with sinus infections. Do the following:
1.Avoid anything cold.
2.no soda.
3.use Sovereign Silver spray when I feel like I am getting another attack. Its safe and natural. U won't get it in Mexico : (
4.I use VICKS topically as much as I can.
5.use a humidifier at night
6.drink lots of water.
7. Saline drops 10 times a day.
8. Nasocort has lot of side effec ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Had cold week ago/using afrin (oxymetazoline). By very early morning, I get very stuffed up/can't sleep. Afrin (oxymetazoline) does not help. Sitting up makes better. What's wrong?

Had cold week ago/using afrin (oxymetazoline). By very early morning, I get very stuffed up/can't sleep. Afrin (oxymetazoline) does not help. Sitting up makes better. What's wrong?

DUST ALLERGY??: Dust allergies can cause these symptoms- have you tried vacuuming the room at least once per week along with washing the linens? If persists, might try an electrostatic air filter, which your favorite a/c person could install for you! ...Read more

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Taking nasonax for 2 weeks for afrin (oxymetazoline) addictions. Will I still have a rebound affect if I stop nasonax. Is it safe to stop nasonax unlike oral steroid?

Taking nasonax for 2 weeks for afrin (oxymetazoline) addictions. Will I still have a rebound affect if I stop nasonax. Is it safe to stop nasonax unlike oral steroid?

Nasonex (mometasone) is: A good way to get off afrin (oxymetazoline). No rebound effect. No, you don't need to taper it like oral steroids. Remember, never use afrin (oxymetazoline) for more than 2-3 days max or you will get that horrible rebound congestion. Good luck! ...Read more

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I get nasal congestion almost every night. Is it OK to use the nasal spray of 0.05% oxymetazoline in the morning several times about 3X week?

I get nasal congestion almost every night. Is it OK to use the nasal spray of 0.05% oxymetazoline in the morning several times about 3X week?

Yes: I know about the cautions to minimize the use of oxymetazoline, due to its propensity to result in addiction. However, I also know that it's essential to be able to breath. I've known a number of people who used it for years, due to their chronic allergies. Sure, they were addicted to it, and couldn't breath without it--but it didn't cause them any other problems. It's much safer than steroids ...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

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If I use Afrin once a day every other day for 3 days how long would I have to wait to use it again before it causes rebound congestion?

Short term only: Afrin is only meant for short term use. If you need something frequently then you need to try other medications like nasal steroids and nasal saline. You should not use Afrin more than three days in a month. More frequent use may cause rebound congestion. ...Read more

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I get severely congested only at night and the only thing that helps is afrin (oxymetazoline) which can only be used for 3 days and the cold 60 and under. Cause?

Humidifier: If you're using a heater, you might need a humidifier at night to moisten your mucosa. Otherwise you can ask you doctor if he can prescribe you a nasal corticosteroids such as Flonase combined with an antihistamine like allegra. If you don't suffer from heart disease and hypertension, a short course of oral decongestants like sudafed might help also. You can't use afrin more than 5 days. ...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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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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Deviated septum should I get surgery or take afrin (oxymetazoline)?

Surgery is definitiv: If your car's front end is out of alignment do you get a new paint job or repair the alignment? The septum in the nose is there to help your 'heating coils' (nasal turbinates) to moisturize the air you breathe. If it's out of alignment it overworks one side of the nose over the other and chronic congestion develops...You're much better off and breathe much better with a septoplasty. ...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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Does using a nasal expectorant help with the rebound effect of afrin addiction?

Does using a nasal expectorant help with the rebound effect of afrin addiction?

Try neti pot: Variety of preparations can be used to alleviate afrin (oxymetazoline) rebound effects ("runny nose, " congestion), but it may be individual; it is important to know why afrin (oxymetazoline) was initially started, and treat the underlying condition, too. In general, it may take a while to improve; may be worth talking to your doctor about. Overall, neti pot may help: www. Fammed. Wisc. Edu/research/past-projects/nasal-irrigation. ...Read more

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If I overuse Afrin Nasal Spray due to being extremely stuffy during a cold, will that harm be other than possibly rebound effect? It's not SO bad??

Addiction: Nasal sprays like afrin can be addictive because they work and sometimes create a need for themselves. Some patients use them for decades and just cannot stop. There are other options your doc can discuss ...Read more

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Any helpful ideas for how to more comfortably wean down from chronic afrin (oxymetazoline) during allergy season? The rebound rhinitis is tough!

Any helpful ideas for how to more comfortably wean down from chronic afrin (oxymetazoline) during allergy season? The rebound rhinitis is tough!

Afrin (oxymetazoline) overuse: Topical decongestants, like afrin, reduce nasal congestion by constricting blood vessels in the nasal membranes and reducing blood flow. While they help reduce nasal congestion temporarily, after 3-5 days, the membranes can become even more swollen after they wear off. The answer is using other medications during a pollen season, such as nasal steroids, oral and topical antihistamines, etc. ...Read more

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Would one get benefit from putting a few drops of Afrin (oxymetazoline) nose spray in each ear? I know you will say don't do this and but could it decongest the ear?

Would one get benefit from putting a few drops of Afrin (oxymetazoline) nose spray in each ear? I know you will say don't do this and but could it decongest the ear?

No.: It does not work that way. If your ears are plugged, it can be due to too much ear wax, too. See Doc for cleaning. No Q-tips! Ear plugs can make this worse, too. If you have a runny nose and sneezing, due to allergies, an antihistamine may help. For colds, otc meds have no proven benefit in decent studies and their own side effects. ...Read more

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What should I take to get rid of mucus in my nose? I can breathe okay and have PND, but the mucus isn't coming out. On afrin (oxymetazoline) and dymista

Get off Afrin (oxymetazoline): You are likely adding rebound congestion to the problem by using nasal spray decongestant for more than 2-3 days in a row. Switch to saline spray and bedside vaporizer at night. Tough it out for a couple days and should clear up. ...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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Would Afrin spray get rid of a post nasal drip and therefore remove bad odour caused by sinuses?

Bad odor: Maybe an infection so see your doctor. Afrin (oxymetazoline) can only be used for 2 days and will not treat an infection. ...Read more

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One doctor said oral pseudophedrine causes rebound congestion but my allergist says is does not, She said only nasal sprays like Afrin cause rebound?

Afrin (oxymetazoline) rebound: I know of no rebound from pseudoephedrine.
Are you taking probiotics? If not you should.
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Please keep a food diary - maybe some food added to your allergy is causing so many symptoms.
Allergy is arithmetic: Pollen plus dust - maybe no sympt.
Pollen plus dust plus fresh strawberries =symptoms. ...Read more

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I have a cold and took afrin (oxymetazoline). I got some of it down my throat and it has a numb, stinging feeling to it. Is there anyway to get rid of that?

I have a cold and took afrin (oxymetazoline). I got some of it down my throat and it has a numb, stinging feeling to it. Is there anyway to get rid of that?

Try eating or drink: If that doesn't help, then you will need to wait the 12 hours for it to wear off. I don't think the sensation would last the full 12 hours though. ...Read more

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Is afrin (oxymetazoline) safe to use in the second trimester? I've used it atleast twice a day for the last two weeks? Is the baby ok?

Is afrin (oxymetazoline) safe to use in the second trimester? I've used it atleast twice a day for the last two weeks? Is the baby ok?

Don't overuse it: Pregnancy causes congestion from swelling of the nasal membranes. Afrin shrinks the lining but should only be used for a couple of days; any longer causes severe "rebound" congestion. It is also a vasoconstrictor (tightens blood vessels), and while the risk is low, it may affect blood flow to your baby. Check with your doctor for safer and better options to treat your congestion. ...Read more

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I have been using Afrin (oxymetazoline) for over a year now I am 12 weeks pregnant. I want to stop using it but its hard what do I do?

Afrin (oxymetazoline): That's is a long time! Any doctor will tell you not to do that... Now as a doctor I was in the same situation but I used it for 3 years ;/... Rebound withdrawal is horrible. Do this. Get an afrin (oxymetazoline) bottle a usually 30ml and add 30ml of boiled water. This will make it 50% strength. Use that for a week. Then add 60ml of water to a new bottle. You will wean off with this ;) Took me a while to find way ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
197 Doctors shared insights

Afrin (Definition)

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