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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
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
Yes,: There is no counter reaction or cross reactivity between the two medicines. ...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
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
I have lost almost all of my sense of smell since I used afrin nasal spray three months ago. What do I do?
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
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