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I am having Otrivin rebound. What should I do?

I am having Otrivin rebound. What should I do?

Nose: Start on an OTC nasal steroid spray for three weeks and taper the otrivin. Saline spray will helo ...Read more

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Is Otrivin nasal drops an antibiotic?

Is Otrivin nasal drops an antibiotic?

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

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If I use Otrivin for just one day for turbinate hypertrophy will it cure it permanently?

If I use Otrivin for just one day for turbinate hypertrophy will it cure it permanently?

Not likely: This medication is used for temporary relief of congestion in the nose caused by various conditions including the common cold, sinusitis, hay fever, and allergies. It works by narrowing the blood vessels in the nose area, reducing swelling and congestion. ...Read more

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Any alternate for otrivin? I've been having nose blocks for 12+ years and these drops are regular

Any alternate for otrivin? I've been having nose blocks for 12+ years and these drops are regular

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!
Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more

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Can I give otrivin pediatric drops for my 3 months old baby with congestion? What is the dose?

Can I give otrivin pediatric drops for my 3 months old baby with congestion? What is the dose?

Do not use: Do not use Otrivin pediatric nasal drops in children under 6 yr of age. Instead use normal saline drops 1-2 drops to each nostril every 3-4 hours to loosen secretions. You can remove excess secretions using a soft nasal bulb syringe. ...Read more

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Can I use otrivin (Xylometazoline chl) and flomist nasal spray together?

Can I use otrivin (Xylometazoline chl) and flomist nasal spray together?

Yes: But the former should not be used for more than 5 days consecutively else you may end up worse off. ...Read more

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What to do if overdose of Otrivin paediatric (xylometazoline hydrocloride) a nasal spray?

What to do if overdose of Otrivin paediatric (xylometazoline hydrocloride) a nasal spray?

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

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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?

Yes it's not good: All over the counter sprays except saline are addictive as have a decongestant like afrin (oxymetazoline). They only make your problem worse and continuous. Need to see an ENT specialist to examine you and make appropriate recommendations. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Otrivin: Its a heart stimulant and should be used with caution if you have mitral stenosis. You should clear it with your cardiologist. Steroid sprays take two to three weeks to work. They may work better if you take an antihistamine as well. (dont take one with sudafed) ...Read more

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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

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

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What to do if I have side effects from using nasal spray otrivin. How can I treat them?

What to do if I have side effects from using nasal spray otrivin. How can I treat them?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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

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What to do if I got Otrivin saline sea water & aloe in my eyes.?

What to do if I got Otrivin saline sea water & aloe in my eyes.?

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

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What do you suggest if I had Otrivin saline sea water & aloe in my eyes.?

What do you suggest if I had Otrivin saline sea water & aloe in my eyes.?

Eye rinse: Gentle rinsins with artificial tears immediately. Then an eye exam if irritation or redness persists.
Don't put aloe in your eyes! ...Read more

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What happens after an overdose of Otrivin pediatric (xylometazoline hydrocloride), a nasal spray?

What happens after an overdose of Otrivin pediatric (xylometazoline hydrocloride), a nasal spray?

Call poison control: It really depends on what you mean by 'overdose'. asking a question here is likely not what you should be doing. Contact poison control. One may experience fainting, low heart rate, among other things. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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 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?

Ok but: If you have used it only 5 x in 2 weeks, it'd be fine. Nasal saline sprays also reduce allergic inflammation and likely wash off some of the allergens deposited on the nose. However Otrivin is not for regular use and you may be better off with an OTC nasal steroid spray. ...Read more

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Please tell me if there is a way to get out nasal congestion without using Otrivin sprays?

Please tell me if there is a way to get out nasal congestion without using Otrivin sprays?

Nasal congestion?: Stop Otrivin, use Flonase spray ; get yourself tested for allergies and get desensitized. ...Read more

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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

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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

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

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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!

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!

Wean off: Wean yourself off the medicine by using saline nasal spray throughout the day and start using an oral decongestant like sudafed (pseudoephedrine) daily until you are off of the meds. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Topical treatment: For acute relief, you could try a topical antihistamine like afrin nasal spray to reduce the swelling and congestion. Increase humidity and drink plenty of fluids. Only use the topical sprays max of 2-3 days - longer than this can cause more problems than it solves. ...Read more

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Is use of Otrivin (.05%) nose drops in infants helpful in avoiding ear pain when flying?

Is use of Otrivin (.05%) nose drops in infants helpful in avoiding ear pain when flying?

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

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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?

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

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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

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