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Does afrin nasal spray work as good as nasonex (mometasone)?

Does afrin nasal spray work as good as nasonex (mometasone)?

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

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How should I beat my addition to afrin nasal spray?

How should I beat my addition to afrin nasal spray?

Afrin (oxymetazoline): You should see an allergist to get you off your addiction and treat your underlying problem better ...Read more

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

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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Why is it bad to use a nasal spray with oxymetazoline hydrochloride nightly?

Why is it bad to use a nasal spray with oxymetazoline hydrochloride nightly?

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

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If I overuse Afrin Nasal Spray due to being extremely stuffy during a cold, will that harm be other than possibly rebound effect? It's not SO bad??

Addiction: Nasal sprays like afrin can be addictive because they work and sometimes create a need for themselves. Some patients use them for decades and just cannot stop. There are other options your doc can discuss ...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 many times in a day can I use afrin nasal spray?

Afrin (oxymetazoline): Can be used everu 10 to 12 hours (max twice a day) for three days (5 days at max). ...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 oxymetazoline nasal spray and pseudophedrine together?

Can I take oxymetazoline nasal spray and pseudophedrine together?

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

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Can I take Pepcid complete with afrin nasal spray?

Can I take Pepcid complete with afrin nasal spray?

Yes,: There is no counter reaction or cross reactivity between the two medicines. ...Read more

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How to deal with loss of smell and taste from afrin nasal spray?

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

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How long after using oxymetazoline nasal spray, should I wait to blow my nose?

How long after using oxymetazoline nasal spray, should I wait to blow my nose?

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

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After using oxymetazoline nasal spray (anefrin, etc,) should I wait to blow my nose?

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

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I have lost almost all of my sense of smell since I used afrin nasal spray three months ago. What do I do?

Loss of sense smell: If you are still using afrin (oxymetazoline) or nose spray you must stop it, as it is habit-forming and causes irritation to nose. You need to consult with your doctor about loss of sense of smell. ...Read more

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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?

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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Can you take either afrin nasal spray or sudafed nasal congestant with nyquil?

Sparingly....: There are so many types of nyquil. Some have decongestants, other forms of nyquil do not. Either way, I do not feel you would have a problem if afrin (oxymetazoline) used sparingly. ...Read more

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After spraying my nose with Afrin Nasal Spray for congestion I cannot smell anything. Even the most the strongest perfumes Or food?

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

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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

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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

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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?

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

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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?

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

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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.

Yes: You can safely use afrin twice a day for 3-5 days without any prolonged harmful effects i.e. Rebound congestion. This would actually allow improved delivery of Astelin to your nasal passages when they are swollen. ...Read more

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