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Is It Bad To Use Afrin
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 moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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
Vaseline for lube...: No. The simple answer is no. Not at all. But, there may be more enjoyable products to try out there. Many couples use all kinds of products to enhance their pleasure sexually. Many people use these products to enhance masturbation as well. Just know that most of them are harmless. But, remember lubrication does not prevent pregnancy or stds. It is always fun to experiment with a variety... ...Read more
Is it ok to use afrin in very low dosages on some nights for nasal stuffiness? I try not to overuse it.
Afrin (oxymetazoline) use : It is ok to use it a couple of days per week. ...Read more
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Not recommended: Patients who are addicted to Fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) and other barbiturates are psychologically dependent on these drugs. They have a persistent craving for barbiturates and their lives revolve around procuring and using them. They often exhibit drug-seeking behavior. ...Read more
Is it safe to take Mucinex (guaifenesin) every day? It seems to be the only thing that helps unclog my right ear.
Mucenex: It is just fine to take Mucinex (guaifenesin) daily. Mucinex (guaifenesin) is no more then solid Robitussin. The exception to this would be Mucinex (guaifenesin) D which has a decongestant in it. This can still be taken daily but should not be taken more then for a week without a break. This is because the decongestant also artificially stimulates the heart and it is not good for the heart to constantly be having a stimulation. ...Read more
No: Limit use to a maximum of 3 days. ...Read more
If I have bad allergies, is it okay to use Nasacort (triamcinolone) first part of the day, and then use Flonase at night? In otherwords, is it okay to use both?
Yes, but: Not for a long time, self-medicating for longer periods, even if you follow directions, isn't recommended, ...Read more
Unclear: Medical marijuana is legal in several states, and many pts are convinced of benefits in headaches and other pain syndromes. Yet, research, to convincingly prove benefits in the treatment of pain, are lacking. Therefore, we may be seeing merely placebo effects due to the effect on mood and behaviour. Eventually, i suspect that organized medicine will rigorously evaluate this, but no proof so far. ...Read more
Ok to use: It is fine to use a dehumidifier. In summer air conditioners take humidity away also. ...Read more
Male or female?: The medicated camphor in the petroleum of the vicks is irritating to mucous membranes. So for a male on his penis shaft, should be ok as long as the opening of the urethra is avoided. For a woman, though, this would be very irritating to the mucous membranes and besides the irritation could really predispose her to urinary tract infections. Recommend water based lubricants for females (like ky). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not usually: Vasoconstrictors only reduce redness temporarily and it will come back unless you treat the underlying cause of the redness. ...Read more
Medicine Nose: That's what rhinitis medicamentosa means. Lots of opinions here; i like dr. Klein's the best. This addiction involves 2 problems - tachyphylaxis - the effects of the spray wear off quickly & rebound - when it wears off you are more stuffed then before you started. "cold turkey" works in 3 days. Topical nasal steroids and saline spray make "rehab" a lot easier. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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