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What to do about nose spray addiction?

What to do about nose spray addiction?

See an ENT/allergist: Nose sprays contain drugs that are 1) stimulants and 2) cause rebound nasal congestion when they were off, leading to repeated and more frequent use of more and more, which do less and less. The treatment of nasal congestion is to treat the underlying condition causing it. Nasal steroids are usually the best option, and they can be started and the other nasal sprays either tapered or discontinued. ...Read more

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Dr. Vasu Brown
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Addiction (Definition)

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I have nose spray addiction, what to do?

I have nose spray addiction, what to do?

Wean off: Use a little less each day until you stop and take an over the counter decongestant at the same time. A steroid for swelling may also be helpful. ...Read more

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I use an nasal spray 3-4 times for 5 days because I had stuffy nose caused by sinusitis. Now it's like I have "ciggarette addiction"? How to stop this

I use an nasal spray 3-4 times for 5 days because I had stuffy nose caused by sinusitis. Now it's like I have "ciggarette addiction"? How to stop this

Rebound congestion: Over the counter nasal decongestant sprays (Rhinocort Aq being an exception) can cause troubling rebound congestion and should only be used sparingly for a very short period of time. Recovery involves complete discontinuation of the spray, and waiting for the tissues of the nose to return to normal. Hopefully one of our ENT doctors will chime in if there are prescriptions available to help! ...Read more

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I have a 1/8 inch white sore inside my nose, straight back into the sinus cavity. I have allergies, nasal spray addiction, cpap and deviated septum. ?

I have a 1/8 inch white sore inside my nose, straight back into the sinus cavity. I have allergies, nasal spray addiction, cpap and deviated septum. ?

Need ENT: evaluation to determine the nature of the lesion. There are a number of possibilities and visualization is required to distinguish between them. A biopsy may be required. ...Read more

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Addiction to OTC nasal sprays, what to do?

Addiction to OTC nasal sprays, what to do?

Nasal steroids: Nasal sprays cause rebound congestion, which becomes a vicious cycle of more and more sprays, followed by more and more congestion, followed by more and more sprays. You have to completely stop them. Your doctor can help with use of steroid nosedrops, allergy testing and better treatment of underlying disorder. You may need psychological counseling as well. See an ENT doctor/allergist asap. ...Read more

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What can I do about this addiction to OTC nasal sprays?

What can I do about this addiction to OTC nasal sprays?

You may have a: Psychological dependence to the sprays. Switch to saline spray and taper the daily frequency. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Could 3-4 yearlong daily nasal spray addiction (xylometazolin) cause post nasal drip, and coughing/ constant airways irritation. Which mimic asthma?

No: not directly ...It sound like you should ask your PCP for a referral to a Board Certified ENT (Ear Nose Throat) Specialist!! Hope this helps BE WELL! Dr Z ...Read more

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I always have blood in my nostrils and stuffy nose. I use nostrila( spray) although it works it's addictive. But nothing else helps. Help!

I always have blood in my nostrils and stuffy nose. I use nostrila( spray) although it works it's addictive. But nothing else helps. Help!

Bloody Nose: Generally speaking, a bloody nose is no cause for alarm. However, if you "always, have blood in your nostrils, you should be seen by an ent. If deemed appropriate, you could be a candidate for cauterization, which is simple and painless and will often solve the problem. ...Read more

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What nasal spray is not addictive?

What nasal spray is not addictive?

Nasal spray: There are many non-addictive nasal sprays. For what reason do you intend to use the nasal spray? ...Read more

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Is over-the-counter nasal spray addictive?

Is over-the-counter nasal spray addictive?

YES: It is the worst! if you are, you need to see an allergist to help you get over your addiction. ...Read more

Dr. Jack Mutnick
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Nasal (Definition)

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