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

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

OK to use: Afrin for occasional nasal congestion is perfectly fine. You can get rebound with sustained use (3-5 days). But it is safe and effective. I use it myself with a cold. It can elevated bp... So just be aware of that as a side effect and it can afffect your sleep. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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?

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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Can problems with the nasals (oxymetazoline) cause bad breath?

Can problems with the nasals (oxymetazoline) cause bad breath?

Yes: Infected sinuses can cause bad breath, but also have tonsils checked and ask your dentist to make sure there are no infections in your mouth. ...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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My wife is pregnant and she has a very bad sinus congestion, can she take afrin (oxymetazoline) with azythromicin?

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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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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I use oxymetazoline based decongestants for over a decade every single day. When I stop my nose gets blocked bad. I have a horrible headache as well.

Acclimated: People who use this kind of nasal spray get acclimated to it, and then get rebound congestion when they stop. You would be best served by talking with an ENT doctor to see if you can taper off of it and what is the best way, or if there are other issues you should be aware of. ...Read more

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I have really bad nasal congestion and afrin ain't working what can I do to make these mochos go away?

I have really bad nasal congestion and afrin ain't 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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Would Afrin spray get rid of a post nasal drip and therefore remove bad odour caused by sinuses?

Bad odor: Maybe an infection so see your doctor. Afrin (oxymetazoline) can only be used for 2 days and will not treat an infection. ...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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How to unclog my ear? I had a bad sinus infection last week. Took a zpak and feel better except my left ear is clogged and won't pop. Its more annoying than anything but sounds like fluid crackling. I tried a sinus rinse, peroxide, afrin, hot rag on it an

Time: Hello, unfortunately we do not have any medical therapy at our disposal to immediately remove the fluid or pressure behind your eardrum. If your fluid has been present beyond 3 months or if your symptoms are worsening (associated dizziness, infection, worsening hearing) then a surgical procedure to insert tubes may be recommended. ...Read more

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I used afrin nasal spray. Pumped it while laying down, & a lot streamed in my nose, &some went down my throat! Taste a bit bad. Will I be okay!? Danger?

Afrin (oxymetazoline) spray: Hello, the afrin nasal spray will have little affect to your body as a whole. The best method of administering the spray is with your head in an upright position which I think you have now learned. There is no risk or danger. ...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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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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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 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 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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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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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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
197 Doctors shared insights

Afrin (Definition)

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