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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

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Oxymetazoline (Definition)

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Can you take many sprays of afrin (oxymetazoline) in one day without overdosing?

Can you take many sprays of afrin (oxymetazoline) in one day without overdosing?

Not advisable: The usual dosing of afrin for an adult is 2 sprays/nostril twice a day. Any more is overdosing. It does not give incrementally improved results and risks you complications like headache, insomnia and nervousness. Absolute maximum time of usage of afrin is 5 days. Longer than this leads to tachphylaxis and worsening of nasal congestion. If you find yourself chronically congested, see your doctor. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for oxymetazoline overdose?

What is the treatment for oxymetazoline overdose?

Steroids: The immediate cessation of the nasal spray and the use of oral steroid for several weeks may reverse this condition known as rhinitis medicamentosa. The main thing to do once this condition, hopefully is reversed, is to obtain a specific diagnosis such as nasal allergy or hypertrophy (enlargement) of the inferior turbinates. Surgery to reduce the size of the inferior turbinates may be curative. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for afrin (oxymetazoline) overdose?

What is the treatment for afrin (oxymetazoline) overdose?

Stop Afrin (oxymetazoline): First, stop afrin, then tapered steroids, and prescription nasal spray, oral decongestants if cardiac status allows, sometimes saline drops or spray. ...Read more

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I think I overdose with afrin (oxymetazoline) lub (oximetazolina. 050% spray) I took more than 14 applications by mistake in the same moment. That happened 30 minutes ago?

I think I overdose with afrin (oxymetazoline) lub (oximetazolina. 050% spray) I took more than 14 applications by mistake in the same moment. That happened 30 minutes ago?

Decongestant spray: Many folks are addicted to decongestant nasal sprays due to instant results. Do not use it for more than 3 days! See an ENT doctor for treatment. ...Read more

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Afrin (oxymetazoline) mix with equal part saline solution. Allows for long term use without overdosing. Healthy? Or cancer causing?

Afrin (oxymetazoline) mix with equal part saline solution. Allows for long term use without overdosing. Healthy? Or cancer causing?

The problem with. .: With long-term use of afrin is the rebound effect in the nasal cavity and a potential for increasing blood pressure. Diluting it with saline is not a good long-term solution. There are some prescription nasal sprays that are safe to use for the long-term treatment of allergies and nonallergic nasal conditions. There is no association with the use of afrin and cancer. ...Read more

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Can adderall or Afrin nasal spray or a generic form of claritin d cause a positive methamphetamine result on a drug test?

Can adderall or Afrin nasal spray or a generic form of claritin d cause a positive methamphetamine result on a drug test?

Pseudoephedrine: Since the D in Claritin had been used to manufacture methamphetamine, I would suspect that it will produce a positive drug test. As for Afrin nasal spray, it is difficult to tell since any absorption would be minor and thus likely detectable only with extremely sensitive method. I hope other members in this panel will jump in on this topic. ...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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Would oxymetazoline HCl show on tox screen?

Not sure: Unlikely if used in recommended amounts. Depends on how much is used. If much used can elevate blood pressure so it can get into the system. Could call poison control center and find out. ...Read more

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Can afrin be used after nasonex (mometasone)?

Can afrin be used after nasonex (mometasone)?

Yes, but....: It will dilute the nasonex (mometasone). If you need to use afrin, use it about 30 minutes before nasonex (mometasone). It will open up the nose so the Nasonex (mometasone) gets in better and will be more effective. Be sure to heed the warnings on the afrin packaging. ...Read more

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Can you become addicted to afrin (oxymetazoline)?

Possibly: I wouldn't necessarily use the word "addicted" when talking about afrin, but, as with any decongestant nasal spray such as afrin, you can get what is called rebound congestion if you use it for more than 2-3 days. This is a condition where the congestion actually gets worse, even while continuing to use the afrin, so you want to restrict use to 2-3 days only. ...Read more

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Can I take Afrin (oxymetazoline) and Flonase together?

Can I take Afrin (oxymetazoline) and Flonase together?

Perhaps: Afrin contains oxymetazoline which can improve nasal congestion when used for short periods of time. Use for more than 3 days can increase risk of rebound congestion and development of a condition called Rhinits Medicamentosa. (RM) Use with a topical steroid nasal spray may (like flute adobe) help to prevent it. You should always minimize use of decongestants because of other possible effects. ...Read more

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What should you do when you accidently swallow "afrin"?

No problem: There shouldn't be a problem swallowing a small amount of afrin nasal spray. I would do nothing and not be concerned about it. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of oxymetazoline hydrochloride?

Afrin (oxymetazoline): Hello. Oxymetazoline is the active ingredient in afrin nasal spray. If it is used beyond 5 days, it could cause rhinitis medicamentosa. This is a condition where your nose needs to continue to use the spray just to be able to breath in and out of your nose. This ingredient can also be linked to increased heart rate and blood pressure, insomnia and urinary incontinance. ...Read more

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Will using afrin (oxymetazoline) at night cause insomnia?

May occur: Side effects of oxymetazoline may include: increased nasal congestion if used > 3 to 5 days, rapid heart rate, increased blood pressure, blurred vision, insomnia, headache, dizziness, weakness, trembling, feeling nervous, sneezing & nasal dryness or burning. ...Read more

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Should I stop using afrin (oxymetazoline) before a laparoscopy?

Should I stop using afrin (oxymetazoline) before a laparoscopy?

Likely no: This is all local with minimal absorption into circulation. It shouldn't be an issue w laparoscopy. U should call ur hospital and talk to pre-op nurse or anesthesia person. ...Read more

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Will using afrin (oxymetazoline) at night cause me to sleep better?

Will using afrin (oxymetazoline) at night cause me to sleep better?

Maybe yes - maybe no: Sleep disturbance is a possible side effect of afrin (oxymetazoline). However, if a person was having problems with sleep due to congestion - then use of afrin (oxymetazoline) may help to improve quality of sleep. Remember that Afrin (oxymetazoline) use is limited to 3 to 5 days. ...Read more

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Tps for curing oxymetazoline addiction? I'm addicted since 10 years and need to stop

ENT Evaluatiion: I suggest an evaluation with an ear, nose & throat specialist to start with, also known as an otolaryngologust. You need an examination of your nasal passages and treatment for what is likely, some chronic inflammation. Then, perhaps some counseling to keep your habit from reoccuring. Good luck. ...Read more

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Whar are the side effects if you use afrin (oxymetazoline) sinus for more than 3 days?

Afrin (oxymetazoline): Side effects of oxymetazoline may include: increased nasal congestion if used > 3 to 5 days, rapid heart rate, increased blood pressure, blurred vision, insomnia, headache, dizziness, weakness, trembling, feeling nervous, sneezing & nasal dryness or burning. ...Read more

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I use afrin (oxymetazoline) regularly. Is it possible to be addicted to afrin (oxymetazoline)?

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 more

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What can happen to someone who uses Oxymetazoline nasal drops for years and years without stopping?

Oxymetazoline use: It stops having an effect and can actually make things worse - Oxymetazoline or AFRIN (oxymetazoline) - works well for maybe 1-2 days but then can cause the same symptoms it was being used to treat. I would STOP using it - allow your body to flush it out of its system
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http://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/Oxymetazoline

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What would happen if someone uses Oxymetazoline nasal drops for years and years? What consequences could bring?

What would happen if someone uses Oxymetazoline nasal drops for years and years? What consequences could bring?

Rhinitis medicamen-: Tosa is prolonged use of nasal decongestant, oxymethazoline, which leads to habituation (one has to use more of the medication to get the same effect) and to inability to stop using the drops because of rebound congestion when med wears off. For these reasons, and the side effects of increased HR/BP, decong. Drops should be used max. 7 days. Often need help of doc and use of steroid drops to stop. ...Read more

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I have been using afrin (oxymetazoline) for about 15 years. It stopped working as well two years ago. I weaned off it for 3 months and still could not breathe right.?

See an ENT: You have some obstruction that needs to be addressed. Two most common reasons are a deviated septum and or significant swelling (hypertrophy) of the inferior turbinates. Both can be easily addresses by a good surgeon. ...Read more

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Is afrin (oxymetazoline) safe in pregnancy?

Afrin (oxymetazoline) is FDA: Pregnancy category c. Thus it has not been established if it will cause harm to unborn child in humans. This should be discussed with your obstetrician/ physician to determine if benefits outweigh risks. ...Read more

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Oxymetazoline nasal solution considered a antihistamine?

Oxymetazoline: No, Oxymetazoline is a decongestant. It temporarily helps with nasal congestion by constricting the local blood vessels and reducing swelling and congestion. If used more than 3 days, it can cause a rebound effect and worsen symptoms. Antihistamines are a separate class of medications. They block the effects histamine, which help reduce the watery eyes and runny nose. ...Read more

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I used too much oxymetazoline hydrocloride (0.05%) nasal spray?

Limit use of spray: Use this nasal spray only every 12 hours or so to prevent "rebound dryness" and refractory congestion. ...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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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