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Can you use nasal spray such as affrin for congestion while breastfeeding? Can you drink Thera flu? Nursing a 6-week old.

Can you use nasal spray such as affrin for congestion while breastfeeding? Can you drink Thera flu? Nursing a 6-week old.

Sinus meds: Unfortunately for you, studies are rarely done on breastfeeding women, so very few medications are considered "okay" while breastfeeding. The 2 you mentioned are in that grey zone. Try using nasal saline rinses and get plenty of rest and fluids to manage your cold symptoms. ...Read more

Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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I have a sinus infection that is causing horrible pain in the maxillary area and my ears are clogged. Safe to use a nasal spray while breastfeeding?

I have a sinus infection that is causing horrible pain in the maxillary area and my ears are clogged. Safe to use a nasal spray while breastfeeding?

Yes.: The saline sinus sprays are completely fine. Things like afrin (oxymetazoline) work on the blood vessels to decrease their size. This type of medicine also can work on the blood vessels of the breast to decrease milk production. It is more of a problem when you take a decongestant by mouth but still a small risk. Check out lacmed app as a resource for meds and breast feeding. Feel better! ...Read more

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Can I use nasal spray to unclog ears?

Can I use nasal spray to unclog ears?

Possible: Stuffy ears can be the result of allergic inflammation and using a nasal steroid spray may be helpful. ...Read more

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My nose been stop up for about 2yrs now, what can I do to help that. I use nasal spray all the time so it can help me breath. What should I do?

My nose been stop up for about 2yrs now, what can I do to help that. I use nasal spray all the time so it can help me breath. What should I do?

Addicted: To nose spray. If you use afrin (oxymetazoline) or a similar type decongestant nose spray around the clock (daily) for more than 3-4 days, your nose won't open without using the spray. Your nose has become dependent on the spray. It's hard to get off this cycle but your doctor can help, or you can go without it for a week, and going forward, only use it spairingly. ...Read more

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Would rhinoplasty done in 2004 cause any severe nasal congestion now? My nose has been really stuffy for weeks. I use nasal spray too much.

Would rhinoplasty done in 2004 cause any severe nasal congestion now? My nose has been really stuffy for weeks. I use nasal spray too much.

Rebound congestion: If you have been using a decongestant spray for a long time, that is the most likely cause of your congestion. Nonetheless, you should have your nose examined by a board certified facial plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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What nasal spray is not addictive?

What nasal spray is not addictive?

Nasal spray: There are many non-addictive nasal sprays. For what reason do you intend to use the nasal spray? ...Read more

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What is the vibrocil nasal spray used for?

What is the vibrocil nasal spray used for?

allergies: Vibrocil is not available in the U.S. It is used for common colds, acute and chronic rhinitis, seasonal (hay fever) and non-seasonal allergic rhinitis, acute and chroniand c sinusitis, pre- and postoperative care, adjuvant in cases of acute ear infection. It is a. Combination antihistamine and phenylephrine (decongestant). ...Read more

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What is pitocin nasal spray?

What is pitocin nasal spray?

No longer available: This used to be available but was removed from the US market in 1995. The medication pitocin(oxytocin is the chemical) is used to help induce(initiate) labor in women and can help prevent bleeding after giving birth. There has been some data in the past that suggested intranasal(nose spray) Pitocin decreased stress hormone release in the elderly. ...Read more

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Is flunosilide nasal spray a steroid?

Is flunosilide nasal spray a steroid?

Yes: Flunisolide is a nasal steroid spray, specifically a corticosteroid, (not the type that athletes and bodybuilders would abuse!) ...Read more

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I used too much oxymetazoline hydrocloride (0.05%) nasal spray?

Limit use of spray: Use this nasal spray only every 12 hours or so to prevent "rebound dryness" and refractory congestion. ...Read more

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Can I take nasal spray if I'm dizzy?

Nasal spray: Depending on what nasal spray you want to use, a steroid or saline nasal spray are ok to be used if you are dizzy. An antihistamine nasal spray can make your dizziness worse. An otc decongestant nasal spray is not advisale. ...Read more

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Did you have problems with afrin nasal spray?

Did you have problems with afrin nasal spray?

Yes: Afrin spray is a powerful decongestant spray that makes blood vessels constrict. If used longer than a few days there may be a rebound effect causing more nasal congestion and ultimately can damage the nasal lining. ...Read more

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Can you use 1 year expired afrin nasal spray?

Can you use 1 year expired afrin nasal spray?

Yes: The potency possible will be less still only use 1-2 sprays per nostril. If it works great! There is no concern that it went sour or could harm you. ...Read more

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How long should you take steroid nasal spray for?

How long should you take steroid nasal spray for?

As long as needed: Steroid nasal sprays do not cure your allergies, but prevent the allergic inflammation. Once the medicine is stopped, your symptoms will return if you are still in contact with your allergen. If you want a more permanent change in your allergies, you need to consider something like immunotherapy, or allergy shots. However, steroid nasal sprays can usually be taken safely for long periods of time. ...Read more

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How long can I use Zicam allergy nasal spray for?

How long can I use Zicam allergy nasal spray for?

Recall concern: Fda posted a warning concerning intranasal zinc ..."while Zicam also makes zinc-containing oral cold remedies, these are not subject to this warning because the development of anosmia appears to be related to the intranasal application of zinc." anosmia is the liss of smell. You should consult your physician regarding this warning. ...Read more

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Can nasonex (mometasone) nasal spray cause migraines?

Can nasonex (mometasone) nasal spray cause migraines?

Not a cause: Nasonex (mometasone) would not cause migraines, but if you have migraines already then it is possible that something in the Nasonex (mometasone) could trigger a migraine in you. ...Read more

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Will using a nasal spray help treat a deviated septum?

Will using a nasal spray help treat a deviated septum?

No: A deviated nasal septum is crooked or displaced cartilage and bone inside the nose. This can only be corrected with surgery. Noses sprays may provide some temporary relief but no cure. Remember, over the counter nose sprays should only be used for a few days at a time as they can cause a rebound effect making the nose more blocked and can damage the inside of the nose. ...Read more

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How long does it take steroid nasal spray to work well?

How long does it take steroid nasal spray to work well?

Nasal steoids: 2 to 4 days to start. Give it a week to judge the effects. Use properly and consistantly. ...Read more

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What is the most effective nasal spray for a stuffy nose?

Afrin (oxymetazoline): Afrin, (oxymetazoline) but it should be used with great caution for only a short period, 2 to4 days because of its addictive potential and the rebound phenomenon with is very common. ...Read more

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Is therean over-the-counter nasal spray similar to stadol?

Is therean over-the-counter nasal spray similar to stadol?

Not likely: Stadol (butorophanol) is an opioid narcotic medication available as a nasal spray. At least in the U.S., there are no otc schedule IVs controlled substance narcotic medications to my knowledge. ...Read more

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Can I take afrin nasal spray(12 hours) with NyQuil together?

Yes: Yes, just make sure you are not using Afrin (oxymetazoline) for more than 3 days in a row by itself. It can lead to rebound congestion and make your symptoms worse. ...Read more

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Rebound effect Zicam sinus relief nasal spray 3 days in a row?

Beware!: Otc decongestant sprays such as zicam, afrin, etc (oxymetazoline) can definitely cause rebound congestion typically after 5 to 7 days of use. This condition is called rhinitis medicamentosa, and long-term use of such medications can be difficult to treat. For severe cases, an allergist or ENT physician can recommend weaning protocols in conjunction with proper rhinitis therapy. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: steroid nasal spray?

Allergy medicine: Steroid nasal sprays treat allergies of the nose (hay fever) and also inflammation of the nose not caused by allergies (non-allergic rhinitis) different brand names include: nasonex, (mometasone) nasacort, flonase, rhinocort, omnaris, nasalide, and veramyst. ...Read more

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Can I spread HCV or any other disease by sharing a nasal spray?

Can I spread HCV or any other disease by sharing a nasal spray?

Possibly: It'd be uncommon but don't share. Can spread other things such as staph ...Read more

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Is it safe to inject nasal spray into your nose all year round?

Is it safe to inject nasal spray into your nose all year round?

No: If you are talking about an over the counter nasal spray such as Neo-Synephrine or afrin, then the use of these nasal sprays is harmful and can lead to rhinitis medicamentosa, an entity that causes permanent damage to your nasal lining. A topical steroid may usually be used for many months. By injection, I assume you mean spraying. Substance abuse may lead to irreversible damage and fungus. ...Read more

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