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No: Otrivin nasal spray (xylometazoline) is a nasal decongestant used to treat allergies and nasal congestion. Xylometazoline, the active ingredient in Otrivin nasal spray works by constricting blood vessels in the nose. By constricting or shrinking the blood vessels in the nose, xylometazoline decreases the symptoms of nasal congestion and discharge. ...Read more
Most nasal sprays:
Are "addictive" and REBOUND actually results in the need for MORE spray!!!! I would suggest a cortisone containing OTC Spray (EG: example only NASOCORT while you eliminate the OTRIVIN then try to use a SALINE SPRAY only!!!!! This problem may require a visit to a EAR NOSE THROAT ENT Specialist!
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What brand names exist for xylometazoline in the us? And which of those are over the counter? Parents are visting from abroad and are used to Otrivin
Discontinued in US: Check out http://healthcare. Utah. Edu/healthlibrary/related/doc. Php? Type=26&id=1620. ...Read more
Yes: But the former should not be used for more than 5 days consecutively else you may end up worse off. ...Read more
See doctor: In order to wean you off of nasal decongestant spray, a course of nasal steroid and even oral steroid may be needed. See your doctor. ...Read more
Sir, I have blocked nose in every night. So I use Otrivin daily to make my nose open. Is this medicine produces any harmful effect?
Is Otrivin safe? Steroid sprays didn't help. My igE count came, 17.5 KUA/L only Otrivin helped can I take it every week two times without rebound?
I have chronic back pain and actively take percocets for relief. On a suggestion from another person with the same issues, he indicated that he grinds up his pill and inhales it using an old "otrivin" bottle. This provides almost immediate relief when y
Abusive meds: I completely agree with the two prior answers. This is a very dangerous move. The medicine may not work any better, but side effects can be amplified and death can result. Please do not do this! Also, percocets are not great for back pain to begin with, re-educate yourself about other, healthier treatments and discuss with your friend. ...Read more
Rebound: Rhinitis Medicamentosa or rebound nasal congestion from this class of nasal sprays is almost universal if used more than just 3 days. I usually recommend using it for 3 more days while starting a nasal steroid spray then YOU MUST STOP the OTRIVN while continuing the nasal steroid which doesn't ever give instant relief like otrivin but prevents nasal congestion. Sometimes Prednisone is necessary ...Read more
Hello, my boyfriend has allergies and can't breath from his nose unless he uses otrivin. He has been using it every day for a year. Is he addicted?
Nasal congestion: Yes he is addicted. He needs to see his physician. There are treatments to get him off the spray and help his congestion. ...Read more
Hi Doc. I have a blocked left nose every night. Its swollen most of the times. Rarely I have the same problem with right nose. It clears out of otrivin?
Unusual: One-sided nasal congestion usually changes sides and it is somewhat atypical that it is mainly on the right. How long has this been going on? If you have used the otrivin for more than 5 days consistently, then you may have rebound congestion on that side (a common side effect of overuse). Otherwise, I'd suspect septal deviation, isolated sinus disease or other structural problem. See ENT. ...Read more
Rinse: Rinse out any products that get into your eye immediately with copious amounts of water. If you develop discharge or have continued irritation please see your doctor. ...Read more
What happens after an overdose of Otrivin pediatric (xylometazoline hydrocloride), a nasal spray?
I have turbinate hypertrophy without allergy I took Otrivin for 2 days only. Will the congestion appear again? Do stress and food allergy cause it?
Turbinates: Enlarged turbinates can occur from a virus, allergies or in some people they can be large without any cause. Treatment has to do with the cause. If its allergic then antihistamines and nasal sprays work: viral then decongestants work (for two to three ays), if large for no reason and you are blocked, then surgery ...Read more
I used Otrivin nasal spray 5 times in two weeks. Can I use more? Can nasal saline spray reduces te inflammation of turbinates? Is sinusoothe effective?
I am suffering from blocked nose for past 3 years. I'm using Otrivin nasal spray. What is the cause and permanent remedy.?
Many causes: The nasal spray that you're using is very harmful if used for more than three days. By itself over-the-counter decongestant nasal sprays can cause chronic nasal instruction by leading to an addiction such that when you stop using the spray your nose gets totally congested and blocked. Allergies, infections, anatomical blockages and many other causes lead to nasal congestion. See an ENT doctor. ...Read more
Is it fine to give my 3 month old baby an Otrivin for her runny nose sometimes clog nose? How many times it should be if it's ok. Thank you
Otrivin: Use saline nose drops 2-3times daily. Saline can accomplish the same thing at a more reasonable price. ...Read more
Addicted to Otrivin coz of the nose blockage, can't breath without it! Also I get cold when season changes, I live in india, and I am 21 male, help!
My mom has a blocked nose for 30 days. She's been taking Otrivin for 25 and musinex for 7 days. Still no improvement and she can't sleep. What to do?
Possibly: Otrivin (xylometazoline) is a decongestant that will shrink clogged nasal passages. If there is no cold or facial congestion, it will not have much effect. Swallowing helps open the passageways and clear the ears, so a good way to help your infant avoid ear pain is to make sure he's hungry by the time the airplane descends, and continuously feed from a bottle during descent. ...Read more
I have sinus & eye allergies I use overthe counter medicine I find the effects are reduced is it possible to build a tolerance to otrivin & phenerghan?
Yes: Otrivin is a local decongestant, should not be used more than few days in a row, as continuous use would lead to rebound congestion, and shouldn't be used if you have cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, and others. Phenergan (promethazine) continuous usage can lead to tolerance: you need more of it after some time to have the same effect. See an allergist or ENT/ophthalmologist for management, good luck ...Read more
I feel my heart racing if I get woken up by a noise at night. No other symptoms. Only on otrivin nasal spray and occasionally endep
It might be: Reasonable to ask your health care provider to prescribe a monitor for you to wear for a few days in order to evaluate for an arrhythmia causing your symptoms or whether this is a normal "startle" reflex. ...Read more