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I have been taking oxymetazoline for 3 nights now, and am trying to stay off it to avoid a rebound. I'm still stuffy, can I take it for 2 more nights?

I have been taking oxymetazoline for 3 nights now, and am trying to stay off it to avoid a rebound. I'm still stuffy, can I take it for 2 more nights?

Nose spray: Yes. Only patients I seen with rebound have been allergy patients who can through 3-5 bottles a day. Short term usage generally does lead to rebound. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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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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

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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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Can intermittent use of Afrin cause rebound effect? I have read about use for more than 3-5 consecutive days but no information for taking a day or two off in between just one dose for one day. Have been using it this way for about a month.

Can intermittent use of Afrin cause rebound effect? I have read about use for more than 3-5 consecutive days but no information for taking a day or two off in between just one dose for one day. Have been using it this way for about a month.

Possibly: Use of Afrin the way you describe usually doesn't cause a significant rebound effect but everyone is different. If you have been using it for a month that way then it is a possibility that you could develop a rebound. You can use some fluticasone nasal spray one squirt each nostril once daily for awhile to help reduce the rebound effect. Need to get to why you are using the Afrin that much. See PCP ...Read more

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Does using a nasal expectorant help with the rebound effect of afrin addiction?

Does using a nasal expectorant help with the rebound effect of afrin addiction?

Try neti pot: Variety of preparations can be used to alleviate afrin (oxymetazoline) rebound effects ("runny nose, " congestion), but it may be individual; it is important to know why afrin (oxymetazoline) was initially started, and treat the underlying condition, too. In general, it may take a while to improve; may be worth talking to your doctor about. Overall, neti pot may help: www. Fammed. Wisc. Edu/research/past-projects/nasal-irrigation. ...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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Taking nasonax for 2 weeks for afrin (oxymetazoline) addictions. Will I still have a rebound affect if I stop nasonax. Is it safe to stop nasonax unlike oral steroid?

Nasonex (mometasone) is: A good way to get off afrin (oxymetazoline). No rebound effect. No, you don't need to taper it like oral steroids. Remember, never use afrin (oxymetazoline) for more than 2-3 days max or you will get that horrible rebound congestion. Good luck! ...Read more

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Any helpful ideas for how to more comfortably wean down from chronic afrin (oxymetazoline) during allergy season? The rebound rhinitis is tough!

Any helpful ideas for how to more comfortably wean down from chronic afrin (oxymetazoline) during allergy season? The rebound rhinitis is tough!

Afrin (oxymetazoline) overuse: Topical decongestants, like afrin, reduce nasal congestion by constricting blood vessels in the nasal membranes and reducing blood flow. While they help reduce nasal congestion temporarily, after 3-5 days, the membranes can become even more swollen after they wear off. The answer is using other medications during a pollen season, such as nasal steroids, oral and topical antihistamines, etc. ...Read more

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Can I use olive leaf extract or grapefruit seed extract nasal sprays to get off Afrin rebound sinusitis?

Can I use olive leaf extract or grapefruit seed extract nasal sprays to get off Afrin rebound sinusitis?

Surgery may not help: I am a doctor who suffered for years with sinus infections. Do the following:
1.Avoid anything cold.
2.no soda.
3.use Sovereign Silver spray when I feel like I am getting another attack. Its safe and natural. U won't get it in Mexico : (
4.I use VICKS topically as much as I can.
5.use a humidifier at night
6.drink lots of water.
7. Saline drops 10 times a day.
8. Nasocort has lot of side effec ...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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Should I use expired afrin (oxymetazoline)?

Recommend: Use within expiration date. If it has been used previously - would definitely recommend throwing it away. ...Read more

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Is there still oxymetazoline in dristan?

Yes in the spray: The spray form has oxymetazoline. The oral form does not. ...Read more

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Does afrin (oxymetazoline) mess up your sense of taste?

Not directly: If you use afrin for more than 3 days, you may develop what is called rhinitis medicamentosa or rebound. This is a condition wherein every time you inappropriately use the nasal drop or spray, the tissue becomes even more swollen. With enough swelling, you may develop anosmia or loss of smell. This leads then to an alteration of taste. Stop using afrin and have a doctor put you on steroids. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take afrin (oxymetazoline) and qnasl together?

Yes but...: Yes, but afrin (oxymetazoline) should not be used for more than 2-3 consecutive days because it could cause more harm then good if used too long. Rhinitis medicamentosa may occur which means that symptoms of a runny nose may occur with too much afrin (oxymetazoline) use. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use afrin (oxymetazoline) every 10 days or so?

Yes, sounds like: It is not overusage. You can develop dependence if you exceed product label instructions. ...Read more

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Side effects of using afrin (oxymetazoline) for more than 3 days?

Afrin (oxymetazoline) side effects..: Side effects of using afrin for longer than 3 days include return and worsening of nasal congestion. Feeling nervous, headaches and insomnia are other possible side effects. ...Read more

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I get severely congested only at night and the only thing that helps is afrin (oxymetazoline) which can only be used for 3 days and the cold 60 and under. Cause?

Humidifier: If you're using a heater, you might need a humidifier at night to moisten your mucosa. Otherwise you can ask you doctor if he can prescribe you a nasal corticosteroids such as Flonase combined with an antihistamine like allegra. If you don't suffer from heart disease and hypertension, a short course of oral decongestants like sudafed might help also. You can't use afrin more than 5 days. ...Read more

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Had a bad cold and used afrin (oxymetazoline). On 5th day now. Only needed it once today unlike other days. Is it ok to still use tomorrow since I'm needing it less?

No: Stop the afrin immediately or you will develop rebound and rhinitis medicamentosa, a fancy name that will make your nose worse and breathing worse. Otc nasal sprays should only be used for 3 days. The cause of you nasal obstruction is usually a viral infection and saline irrigations are much more physiological and safer. ...Read more

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Had cold week ago/using afrin (oxymetazoline). By very early morning, I get very stuffed up/can't sleep. Afrin (oxymetazoline) does not help. Sitting up makes better. What's wrong?

Had cold week ago/using afrin (oxymetazoline). By very early morning, I get very stuffed up/can't sleep. Afrin (oxymetazoline) does not help. Sitting up makes better. What's wrong?

DUST ALLERGY??: Dust allergies can cause these symptoms- have you tried vacuuming the room at least once per week along with washing the linens? If persists, might try an electrostatic air filter, which your favorite a/c person could install for you! ...Read more

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Can expired afrin (oxymetazoline) still be used?

Agree w Dr. Klein: Recommend that expired oxymetazoline not be used. After the episode that oxymetazoline has been used for passes – toss the container (to avoid contamination). ...Read more

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What can I do if I overdosed on afrin (oxymetazoline)?

What can I do if I overdosed on afrin (oxymetazoline)?

Cold turkey: Technically, you don't overdose on afrin, you become addicted to it due to the rebound swelling of your nasal membranes after using it for more than a few days. Your physician can prescribe a nasal spray that is not addicting and add a steroid tablet if severe. ...Read more

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How do I space taking afrin (oxymetazoline) and qnasl an hour apart??

See below: If your physician told you to space them an hour apart you just take the Qnasl an hour after the Afrin (oxymetazoline). However, I'm not aware that it's necessary to space them apart. ...Read more

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Just opened afrin (oxymetazoline) and noticed it expired 10/14. Can I still use it for 2 days for my cold?

Just opened afrin (oxymetazoline) and noticed it expired 10/14. Can I still use it for 2 days for my cold?

Expired medications: Natural course medications in shelf degrade with time, becomes less potent than the therapeutic dose, some break down product may even harmful to health. Now no doctor will advise you to take ' expired medication' even for cold take at your own risk. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Afrin (Definition)

Afrin is a nasal preparation which is a kind of ...Read more