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Doctor insights on: Decongestant Nasal Spray Medication

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What are some counter nasal spray decongestants u can use long term?

What are some counter nasal spray decongestants u can use long term?

Decongestant spray: Do not use any over the counter decongestant nasal spray more than 3 days, they are very addictive and you can end up with worse symptoms than you have now. You can use a saline nasal wash ad lib, no problems with that. But you should really get a prescription nasal spray for long term use that does not carry the side effects of otc sprays, see your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Maxime Cannesson
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Phenylephrine (Definition)

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Help!! I been with headache for almost 2 month. I start using a nasal spray decongestant it helps a little but I still have the headache! ?

Help!! I been with headache for almost 2 month. I start using a nasal spray decongestant it helps a little but I still have the headache!  ?

Sinus infection: Headaches might be due to stress,sinus infections,I suggest that this headache is due to sinus infection,the best is to go to doctor,also stay hydrated as dehydration might cause headaches. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use a steriod nasal spray after taking a 2 day course of decongestant pills?

Is it safe to use a steriod nasal spray after taking a 2 day course of decongestant pills?

Steroid nasal: sprays can help to decongest and reduce inflammation with enlarged turbinates in the nasal passage. They are not meant to be used long term, just like oxymetazoline (Afrin) sprays are not meant to be used for >2 days. I would not use steroid nasal spray for more than 2 days as well. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use carrageenan/kappa- carrageenan nasal spray daily for long term? Are these sprays like decongestant nasal sprays?

Umm: It sounds like something containing a vegetable gum. If my hunch is correct then it is likely intended to keep your nose moist and not decongested. There are otc nasal decongestants which must not be used regularly beyond 5 days. However nasal antihistamine has been shown to have a nearly immediate decongestant effect and nasal steroid after a few days of continuous use. ...Read more

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I've taken Zofran, oral nasal decongestant, nasal spray(not Same ingredients) &.5 Ativan. Is this ok? I don't see any interactions with them online.

Lots of meds: While classic interactions are not described for above meds I still believe you may be able to get rid of few. I assume that you have nausea, nasal congestion and anxiety? Would start by suggesting to stop the nasal decongestant and tapering the Ativan, which is high risk and habit forming. ...Read more

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Can nasal spray decongestants alter sense of smell and taste? I have had a cold and now i can't smell or taste anything! my nose is no longer blocked.

Can nasal spray decongestants alter sense of smell and taste? I have had a cold and now i can't smell or taste anything! my nose is no longer blocked.

Probably the cold: The sprays and decongestants usually do not have any effect on smell and taste. Its usually the cold virus that can cause inflammation in the upper nose leading to decreased sense of smell and then decreased taste. See an ENT doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Is fluticasone propionate nasal spray a decongestant for your sinuses?

Is fluticasone propionate nasal spray a decongestant for your sinuses?

Not really: Fluticasone is a nasal steroids spray that works to decrease the allergic inflammation in one's nose and subsequently decreased one's nasal allergy symptoms. A decongestant, for example pseudphed, is a vaso constrictor, that shrinks blood vessel that ultimately shrinks the nasal mucosa. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me how saline nasal spray and nasal decongestant differ?

Can you please tell me how saline nasal spray and nasal decongestant differ?

Salt water vs med: Nasal saline spray is a physiological salt solution which has the same salt content present in your blood. It is thus gentle enough to bathe, coat or rinse your nasal passageways without causing harm. Nasal decongestant sprays cause shrinkage of blood vessels thus reducing nasal congestion and also drying up the nose. Repeated use of decongestants is harmful to your nasal mucosal linings, avoid it! ...Read more

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Eustachian tube dysfunction: Can I use an oral decongestant and a nasal spray together or is it overkill/unsafe/etc.?

Eustachian Tube: Greetings.
For Eustachian Tube troubles, we commonly use nasal therapy to enhance recovery and healing. Yes, a nasal spray such as a steroid topical spray is a good start as is a decongestant like Sudfed. This medication is available OTC and as a generic. It is safe to use both together. If no resolution in a few weeks, see your ENT doctor for other options. ...Read more

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My daughter's nose is always stuffy, but I would like her to get the flumist. Can I give her a nasal spray decongestant before getting the flumist?

My daughter's nose is always stuffy, but I would like her to get the flumist.  Can I give her a nasal spray decongestant before getting the flumist?

No need: There is no contraindication to getting the flumist with a stuffy nose. Just have your daughter blow her nose before the flumist. ...Read more

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What decongestant, nasal spray and antibiotic should I take for mild ethmoid sinus disease?

What decongestant, nasal spray and antibiotic should I take for mild ethmoid sinus disease?

Sinus disease: this is a complex question and it depends on the severity of your symptoms and if this is a chronic problem. Chronic sinusitis is best treated with saline nasal washes. you should see your doctor if this is an acute problem for proper treatment ...Read more

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My child have fever and difficulty in breathing while sleeping. Should I just use a nasal spray and decongestant.?

My child have fever and difficulty in breathing while sleeping.  Should I just use a nasal spray and decongestant.?

No: Call your doctor asap or go to the er/call 911 anytime your child has 'difficulty breathing'. Trouble in breathing is dangerous and needs assessment asap. In addition, all cold medications are now restricted in kids. Whatever age your child is, clear with your doctor the use of any cold medications. ...Read more

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What is best approach to treating allergy-related stopped up ear(s)/eustachian probs? Antihistamine? Nasal spray? Decongestant?

What is best approach to treating allergy-related stopped up ear(s)/eustachian probs? Antihistamine? Nasal spray? Decongestant?

Nasal sprays: Initially you want to start off with nasal corticosteroid nasal sprays. If this alleviates the symptoms then you do not need to do anything else. However, if you have some relief, then try as needed decongestant. ...Read more

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Can a decongestant like Mucinex (guaifenesin) and a steroid nasal spray like fluticasone taken too much over time cause loss of smell and taste?

Can a decongestant like Mucinex (guaifenesin) and a steroid nasal spray like fluticasone taken too much over time cause loss of smell and taste?

Mucinex (guaifenesin): Is not a nasal decongestant. It is same as Guaifenesin or plain Robitussin which is a mucolytic or expectorant. Chronic nasal congestion can make you lose sense of taste and smell, and likely not the medicines. ...Read more

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I've had on/off blocked ears for 10 months tiredness and sore head also. My gp can't see any physical cause. Decongestants and nasal spray don't work.?

I've had on/off blocked ears for 10 months tiredness and sore head also. My gp can't see any physical cause. Decongestants and nasal spray don't work.?

ENT: With this sensation fo blocked ears without any obvious cause, it might be beneficial to have an evaluation by an ear, nose, throat doctor. They also have machines that measure the compliance and impedance of the ear drum which can help with diagnosis. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Is it safe to use tonimer balsamic gel (nasal spray decongestant) if taking zoloft, strattera, (atomoxetine) omega 3 & ginko biloba ?

Is it safe to use tonimer balsamic gel (nasal spray decongestant) if taking zoloft, strattera, (atomoxetine) omega 3 & ginko biloba ?

No but: I don't know anything about balsamic gel and presume that it contains vinegar which may irritate your nasal membrane. As for the other medications or supplements, it would be highly unlikely that they interact with anything you use on your nose. ...Read more

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Easiest way to stop using phenylephrine nasal spray, and is there anything i can use to ease the transistion? My nasal passages swell close. Fyi

Steroid nasal spray: Steriod nasal sprays decrease swelling of mucus membranes in the nose. This may helf. Oral sudafed may help. It is really hard to stop afrin. See your ENT if necessary for help. ...Read more

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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?

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

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I took Pseudophedrine & Excedrine at 6 pm and used a nasal spray w/ phenylephrine HCL. It's now around 2:30 AM. Would it be okay to take Nyquil?

I took Pseudophedrine & Excedrine at 6 pm and used a nasal spray w/ phenylephrine HCL. It's now around 2:30 AM. Would it be okay to take Nyquil?

Be careful: Pseudoephedrine and phenylephrine are stimulants and Excedrin contains caffeine, all of which if taken together could cause nervousness jitteriness and possibly palpitations. Do NOT overmedicate. Nyquil can be sedating in certain individuals. ...Read more

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Mistook phenylephrine Hydrochloride 1% nasal spray for my saline nasal spray so I sprayed a lot. Used neti pot afterward to get out as much as i could?

Mistook phenylephrine Hydrochloride 1% nasal spray for my saline nasal spray so I sprayed a lot. Used neti pot afterward to get out as much as i could?

Likely OK: With a single exposure, albeit with high doses, I'd doubt that you will suffer any significant side effects. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use nasal spray decongestant while pregnant?

Is it safe to use nasal spray decongestant while pregnant?

Yes: The decongestant in nasal sprays for colds or allergies can be used for short duration, usually not more than 3 days. Otherwise you can experience a rebound in nasal congestion. Don't use if you have high blood pressure. Also try saline nasal spray. ...Read more

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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 more

Dr. Kristin Sokol
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Nasal Spray (Definition)

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Dr. Jack Mutnick
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Nasal (Definition)

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