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How Does Afrin Nasal Spray Work
Apples & oranges: Afrin works to reduce blood flow to nasals tissue, leading to reduced swelling. It is used to treat congestion from colds, allergies, etc. Nasonex (mometasone) prevents only symptoms of allergy, such as congestion, but also sneezing, itching, and drainage. Both are very effective, but used for different indications. Use afrin for only a few days at a time, as your nose may literally get addicted to it. ...Read more
Tachyphylaxis: Basically your nose will become desentized to the effect of the oxymetazoline. If you use beyond the recommend time (3-5 days), your nose will upregulate receptors for it and require more and more for the same effect. There are better options for nightly nasal stuffiness and simple in-office procedures can be a permanent solution for you — see your local ent. ...Read more
Afrin (oxymetazoline): Can be used everu 10 to 12 hours (max twice a day) for three days (5 days at max). ...Read more
Yes, short term: Oxymetazoline is a nasal decongestant spray that works quickly to decrease stuffy nose, but if used beyond 4-7 days may result in "rebound" nasal congestion and a person can become dependent upon it. Pseudoephedrine is an oral decongestant that is effective but has multiple side effects including increasing BP in those with hard to control high blood pressure, insomnia, dry mouth, and GI upset. ...Read more
Oh my gosh!!!: Please work with an ENT specialist on this one. ...Read more
No: It should not be used on a daily basis. ...Read more
Avoid afrin (oxymetazoline): Avoid afrin (oxymetazoline) and drink plenty of water. Hopefully the medications side effects (if indeed caused by afrin (oxymetazoline)) will eventaully resolve, and your sense of taste and smell may come back. If this persisits, see an ear nose and throat dr. For an eval. Best wishes. ...Read more
I have lost almost all of my sense of smell since I used afrin nasal spray three months ago. What do I do?
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?
Yes,: There is no counter reaction or cross reactivity between the two medicines. ...Read more
Why using spray?: Why are you using the spray? It is very powerful and very habit-forming. Use it no more than 3 days. Blowing your nose is not an issue. If you have a cold or some other temporary issue the spray is "ok" but only for 3 days and no more. ...Read more
Time to work: You should give the medication time to work first. Also, be aware that this product should only be used on a short term basis and ongoing use may result in physical dependence on the product to maintain the sensation of open nasal passages. ...Read more
My nose has been clogged up for 2 days now and i finally used an oxymetazoline nasal spray but it was expired should i be worried?
Toss it blow ur nose: Not because it's too old but because these type of inhalers will cause a rebound congestion much worse than the original problem and are thus highly addictive. They are actually recommended to be used for just two to three days which is unfortunately just long enough for this profound rebound congestion to develop as the drug wears off. Learn to blow your nose, it's far more effective. ...Read more
After spraying my nose with Afrin Nasal Spray for congestion I cannot smell anything. Even the most the strongest perfumes Or food?
A thought: Loss of smell (and possible cause of congestion to begin with) could implicate the presence of nasal polyps. These are growths caused by various types of inflammation and should be treated with medicine to reduce their size and restore nasopharyngeal health. An Allergist can help. ...Read more
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 breathe without it--but it didn't cause them any other problems. It's much safer than steroids ...Read more
No: It will affect the absorption of Flumist ...Read more
I have a cold, & Today I used afrin nasal spray 3 times in a row to relieve the WORST stuffy nose ever. Am I at risk For losing my sense of smell?
No you are not: You fefinitely exceeded the usual recommended dose, and try not to do it again, you can try saline nasal washes more frequently besides the decongestant nasal spray. Usually it isn't recommended to take nasal decongestants more than 3 -4 days, if your congestion persists or is recurrent, please see your doctor ...Read more
I have a cold, and I used afrin nasal spray. I sniffled up after using it, & I felt some driplets go into my lungs, from my nostrils. Is this bad?
This side effect: From nasal sprays is expected and does not cause problems. The constituents in Afrin and other nasal sprays do not cause lung inflammation or infection, similar to the constituents used in inhalers. As, or more often, people swallow excess Afrin which is more of a problem. Follow administration directions explicitly, especially not taking for more than a few days at a time. You can be "hooked." ...Read more
I see many people asking questions about oxymetazoline nasal spray. But today I bought eye drops containing it. What exactly is it useful for in eyes?
Oxymetazoline: This is a vasoconstrictor, so it is used to clear the redness in the eyes and to decongest the nose. Not a problem if used short term but long term use can create significant side effects. ...Read more
Can I take afrin nasal spray and azelastine around the same time? Have cold and want afrin for stuffy nose. Want azelastine for post nasal drip.
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