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List Of Nasal Sprays
Increased congestion: Many of the Zicam nasal sprays contain nasal decongestants, similar to the afrin brand of nasal sprays. Topical nasal decongestant sprays are safe if used for a short period of time. If used for more than a few days, however, they can cause rebound congestion, which can become more severe than the original reason for using the spray. Never use for more than 3 days straight. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Nasal decongestants: While nasal decongestant sprays or drops can provide some temporary relief from nasal obstruction, they should not be used for more than three days (check the very small print on the bottle). If used for longer, a "rebound" effect will occur, and nasal congestion becomes worse and more difficult to treat. Additionally, longer use of nasal decongestants can permanently damage the nasal septum. ...Read more
Is there any benefit from using otravin nasal spray and fluticasone to alleviate nasal turbinates hypertrophy?
Nose: Stay away from the OTC nasal sprays as they are addictive. Fluticasone is fine but takes three weeks to work. You need to look for a cause such as allergies. If none of that helps some people need an office procedure to reduce their size. See an ent and have them check your septum as well ...Read more
Big Difference: Saline nasal sprays are just salt water sprays. You can use saline as nasal sprays as often as you like for as long as you like. Neosynephrine nose drops, however, are decongesting nose drops. It works quite well but.....This may only be used for 3 days in a row as your nasal tissues can be physiological dependent on them (i.E you can get hooked on them). ...Read more
Good question: If you are habitually using OTC nasal sprays such as neo-synephrine or afrin, you will within weeks develop what is called rhinitis medicamentosa. This is an inflammation of the mucous membrane of the nose in which rebound is common. That means every time you use the nasal spray, you will become worse, sometimes for a very long period of time. If steroids are being used and not helpful,see ENT. ...Read more
Only a few: Triptans can increase blood pressure, and sometimes drowsiness and lethargy follows useage. Triptans do affect size of blood vessels indirectly. Since too frequent or too high dosing over a short period of time can increase risk for heart attacks and/or strokes, doctors limit maximal doses for 24 hrs and 7 days. However, the nasal spray is very quick and effective, and a serious event is rare. ...Read more
Depends: If it is seasonal allergy it is as long as the season lasts. If it is due to other agents such as animal dander, dust etc. Until you are removed from the allergen. If it is due to allergens which are ubiquitous indefinitely. Please talk to your doctor or an allergy specialist for guidance. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
They all work: More important than the brand is your tolerance of the medicine. I would start with generic drug or one with a low copay and only change if you have a problem with them. ...Read more
Is it safe to use carrageenan/kappa- carrageenan nasal spray daily for long term? Are these sprays like decongestant nasal sprays?
Umm: It sounds like something containing a vegetable gum. If my hunch is correct then it is likely intended to keep your nose moist and not decongested. There are otc nasal decongestants which must not be used regularly beyond 5 days. However nasal antihistamine has been shown to have a nearly immediate decongestant effect and nasal steroid after a few days of continuous use. ...Read more