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Can I Use Afrin Twice A Week Without Getting Rebound
36 weeks pregnant and have used Otrivin decongestant nasal spray twice a day for months. It worked magically for months. But i need to use it every hour otherwise stuffed 24hr. Hard to breath. What do?
Otrivin decong.: It is dangerous for your baby to continue your use of the otrivin, however you are addicted to it now. The Otrivin now is causing more irritation and congestion so you do not clear the nasal passages. Call you OB immediately to report the Otrivin usage, and get help on how to get over the Otrivin addiction. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No rebound: One should not get a rebound reaction from oral pseudoephedrine although the original congestion will return when the effect wears out. If you have high BP, this may not be a good choice for you. If you have allergic nasal symptoms, a nasal steroid will work better without the BP or cardiac (fast heart beats) effect. ...Read more
Do I I use a sinus rinse before I use my nasal steroid spray or can I jus spray it in without a problem is it still effective?
Sinus rinse b4 spray: If you're now suffering from nasal allergies, best to rinse first before spraying medication. Once you're better and using medication for prevention, then less likely to need to rinse first. But only you can figure this out w/your Family Doc & Allergist. As always, avoid nasal decongestant sprays. Nasal steroids should be fine. Ask about oral allergy medication options too. ...Read more
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?
I've been suffering from nasal drip for a couple weeks. I'm taking Claritin daily & using a nasal rinse, but it seems to be getting worse, not better.
Get checked: Nasal drip can be from a number of potential causes (infection, allergy, nasal irritants, vasomotor stimulation, sinus structural problem or infection, etc). If there has been recent trauma, this needs to be an urgent evaluation to rule out csf leak (very rare, but serious) Effective treatment depends on identifying cause, but I am confident a solution is available. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Tramadol for couple days: Obviously has been a very short time, what was the dose? and for what you took it? Are you taking any other medication? Who did the prescription? the same Dr. should oversee the progress. In my opinion, you can DC Tramadol, the time was short, and you did not developed addiction. You should have other medication for pain if required, from your Dr. ...Read more
I get sinus headaches for a few days after anaerobic exercise. What can I do to stop it? I've tried using heat for relief
May not be sinus: Headaches have many causes, sinuses are one of them, usually related to blockage of nasal breathing passages, mouthbreathing and subsequent congestion that causes pain in distribution of nerves going to sinuses, can mimic altitude headaches. Office evaluation of sinuses requires direct and possible endoscopic nasal evaluation and ct sinuses to rule out sinuses as cause. ...Read more
I take clonazepam.5mg for a month now. When I skip a dose or try to taper my nasal passages get swollen sometimes stuffy. Side effect?withdrawal?
Clonazepam effects: I understand your discomfort. Clonazepam is a medication for anxiety. It can cause swollen nasal passages and sinus problem. Withdrawal from Clonazepam does not cause these symptoms. Anxiety can be due to stresses of relationships, separations, work and finances. See a Psychiatrist for Therapy, other medications, Breathing and Music Relaxation. Use Yoga, Meditation and Tai Chi. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If I use afrin nasal spray as needed for nasal allergies for 3 days in a row, how long do I have to wait before it is ok to use afrin again?
Cocaine: Firstly you should have not started using this. Use of this illicit molecule alters brain chemistry permanently and is highly addictive. It is very dangerous. You will get to a point of no return even if you try because the altered brain chemistry drives you to find more and use more cocaine. It also affects many body systems. ...Read more
Can I use steroid cream for 1.5-2 weeks then take 1.5-2 weeks off and use it again & do that for 6-12 mth period for eczema?
Can you stop nasacort (triamcinolone) abruptly after 4 months of use? I did a few days ago, and someone told me you should wean?
Stopping Nasacort (triamcinolone): With Nasacort (triamcinolone) and all of the nasal corticosteroids, there is very little drug absorbed into the systemic circulation. The action of the drug is pretty much confined to the area to where the drug is delivered. Therefore, you should not experience any adverse effects by abruptly stopping intranasal administration. Oral or injected corticosteroids would certainly need to be tapered. ...Read more
After about a week of using Flownase nasal spray I am getting irritation in nose when I use it. Should I stop?
Yes: please, it can be from a faulty technique or some other problem in your nose that requires medical attention. If steroid nasal sprats are used improperly, they can cause dryness of nasal septum and sometimes nose bleeds. for now use saline nasal washes till you see an ENT for evaluation, good luck ...Read more
I use phenylephrine nasal spray a lot more than what I should and I've been using it for over a year I had a couple of beers last night and then I wen?
Might not be a prob.: If you are not getting nose bleeds for the long use of the nasal spray already, you might experience some if you add in alcohol. It is a blood thinner and the nasal spray can thin your mucous membranes in your nose. Nose bleeds can be controlled usually with packing cotton inside the nose and don't disturb for at least 2-3 hours. ...Read more
Is Ocean Saline Nasal Spray safe to use during pregnancy for nasal congestion? And can I use it for a long period of time?
Is it ok to use a nasal decongestant spray (4 hr version) once or twice a week randomly as needed or will that lead to congestion rebound effect?
Nasal rebound: That small amount of use will probably not cause a rebound effect. ...Read more
Do I have to wait a certain amount of time after using my maintenance asthma med symbacort before i can use my albuterol?
No : Albuterol is typically used to treat symptoms of asthma including cough, wheeze, chest tightness and shortness of breath. The nice aspect of symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) is that the formoterol component which is a long-acting bronchodilator also starts working very quickly (within a few minutes) just like albuterol. With that, most people don't need to use albuterol right after symbicort (budesonide and formoterol)! ...Read more
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