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Is It Bad To Use Afrin
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
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
My wife is pregnant and she has a very bad sinus congestion, can she take afrin (oxymetazoline) with azythromicin?
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
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
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
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
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?
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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Yes, sounds like: It is not overusage. You can develop dependence if you exceed product label instructions. ...Read more
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?
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
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?
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
No: Limit use to a maximum of 3 days. ...Read more
Saline: Nasal saline washes.Get a more detailed answer ›
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