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How long should it take rebound congestion from overusing afrin (oxymetazoline) to go away?

How long should it take rebound congestion from overusing afrin (oxymetazoline) to go away?

Depends.: This depends on how long you have been using afrin (oxymetazoline) before you try to stop. Your doctor can prescribe medications to help get you off the afrin (oxymetazoline). ...Read more

Dr. Mark Loury
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Congestion (Definition)

Congestion refers to any situation of "backup of fluid." Congestion may refer to the sinuses being backed up with mucus, while pulmonary congestion refers to a backup of fluid into the lungs due to ...Read more


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If I use Afrin once a day every other day for 3 days how long would I have to wait to use it again before it causes rebound congestion?

Short term only: Afrin is only meant for short term use. If you need something frequently then you need to try other medications like nasal steroids and nasal saline. You should not use Afrin more than three days in a month. More frequent use may cause rebound congestion. ...Read more

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How can one stop using afrin (oxymetazoline) without rebound congestion?

How can one stop using afrin (oxymetazoline) without rebound congestion?

Rebound: The doctor usually lets you use it on one side for two to three weeks while he uses steroid nasal spray on the other side and then uses the steroid spray on the remaining side after that or combnies it azelastine if you are allergic. ...Read more

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I have really bad nasal congestion and afrin aint working what can I do to make these mochos go away?

I have really bad nasal congestion and afrin aint working what can I do to make these mochos go away?

Probably not: There are many causes for muscle cramps, but given your age and the fact that you're working in heat, my first thought would be dehydration or an electrolyte imbalance. I would go to your primary care physician and report these symptoms. He or she will most likely order some blood work to see how your electrolytes are doing. Needless to say, when you're out working in heat, it's vitally important. ...Read more

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My wife is pregnant and she has a very bad sinus congestion, can she take afrin (oxymetazoline) with azythromicin?

Azithromycin ok: use nasal saline and benadryl[dihphenhydramine] afrin ok but limit to 2 days a week only , twice a day , can use flonase or any nasal steroid best , takes 2 days to work can use for weeks. ...Read more

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I took Sudafed, Flonase and Afrin (oxymetazoline) but getting no relief for allergy congestion, can I take Claritin on top of the other meds?

Afrin (oxymetazoline)?: You need to see an expert to determine the cause of the congestion and confirm that it is related to allergy. If you have been taking Afrin (oxymetazoline) for more than 5 days consecutively, then the persistent congestion is most likely now caused by the Afrin (oxymetazoline) (it causes sensitization and "rebound congestion"). Claritin can be added safely, but it may not be effective if underlying issue not addressed ...Read more

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One doctor said oral pseudophedrine causes rebound congestion but my allergist says is does not, She said only nasal sprays like Afrin cause rebound?

Afrin (oxymetazoline) rebound: I know of no rebound from pseudoephedrine. Are you taking probiotics? If not you should. Please see www.grossaninstitute.com Please keep a food diary - maybe some food added to your allergy is causing so many symptoms. Allergy is arithmetic: Pollen plus dust - maybe no sympt. Pollen plus dust plus fresh strawberries =symptoms. ...Read more

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I have bronchitis and have taken methypredisolone along with afrin for congestion. Can I take flonase or budesonide nasal spray for runny nose?

Yes: Nasal steroid takes several days to get optimal results . Afrin should not be used for more than 5 days else you may end up with even more nasal congestion (rebound). Methylprednisolone is not usually indicated for bronchitis. If chronic this may be asthma. Consider seeing an allergist. ...Read more

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Is it a bad idea to use afrin for occasional nasal congestion?

Depends: Afrin (oxymetazoline) can elevate blood pressure; so it should definitely be avoided in uncontrolled hypertensive patients and anyone with significant cardiac disease. Also, using it for more than three days tends to lead to a "rebound congestion" just as bad as the original congestion your were treating. Pharmaceutical grade essential oil of peppermint is a safer choice www.Medacpc.Com. ...Read more

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