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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Oxymetazoline (Overview)

Oxymetazoline is a nasal preparation which is a kind of ears, nose, throat agents.


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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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
189 doctors shared insights

Oxymetazoline (Overview)

Oxymetazoline is a nasal preparation which is a kind of ears, nose, throat agents.


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I see many people asking questions about oxymetazoline nasal spray. But today i bought eye drops containing it. What exactly is it useful for in eyes?

I see many people asking questions about oxymetazoline nasal spray. But today i bought eye drops containing it. What exactly is it useful for in eyes?

Oxymetazoline: This is a vasoconstrictor, so it is used to clear the redness in the eyes and to decongest the nose. Not a problem if used short term but long term use can create significant side effects. ...Read more

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Is there still oxymetazoline in dristan?

Is there still oxymetazoline in dristan?

Yes in the spray: The spray form has oxymetazoline. The oral form does not. ...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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Is 0.025% oxymetazoline hydrochloride safe to give a 2 year old for a cold with congested nose?

Congestion: Not unless evaluated & recommended by Physician. May not be safe in young children. Suggest saline drops & gently auctioning w/ bulb & evaluation by Dr. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of oxymetazoline hydrochloride?

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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How long after using oxymetazoline nasal spray, should I wait to blow my nose?

How long after using oxymetazoline nasal spray, should I wait to blow my nose?

Why using spray?: Why are you using the spray? It is very powerful and very habit forming. Use it no more than 3 days. Blowing your nose is not an issue. If you have a cold or some other temporary issue the spray is "ok" but only for 3 days and no more. ...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

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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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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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How do i space taking afrin (oxymetazoline) and qnasl an hour apart ??

See below: If your physician told you to space them an hour apart you just take the Qnasl an hour after the Afrin (oxymetazoline). However, I'm not aware that it's necessary to space them apart. ...Read more

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Just opened afrin (oxymetazoline) and noticed it expired 10/14. Can I still use it for 2 days for my cold?

Just opened afrin (oxymetazoline) and noticed it expired 10/14. Can I still use it for 2 days for my cold?

Expired medications: Natural course medications in shelf degrade with time , becomes less potent than the therapeutic dose , some break down product may even harmful to health .Now no doctor will advise you to take ' expired medication' even for cold take at your own risk . ...Read more

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Does Afrin (oxymetazoline) slow down the recovery of a cold? Assuming one takes the recommended 3 day usage, and no more.

Afrin (oxymetazoline) & rhinitis.: Afrin (oxymetazoline) doesn't make you sick longer, but it does feel like it. Afrin (oxymetazoline) causes something called "rhinitis medicamentosa" which makes you continually stuffy in the nose even though your sinuses are clearing. The end result is that you still feel sick even though you're improving. It's a medication effect unique to Afrin (oxymetazoline). ...Read more

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I have been taking oxymetazoline for 3 nights now, and am trying to stay off it to avoid a rebound. I'm still stuffy, can I take it for 2 more nights?

Nose spray: Yes. Only patients i seen with rebound have been allergy patients who can through 3-5 bottles a day. Short term usage generally does lead to rebound. ...Read more

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Is there still oxymetazoline in dristan?

Yes in the spray: The spray form has oxymetazoline. The oral form does not. ...Read more

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Does afrin (oxymetazoline) mess up your sense of taste?

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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Afrin (Definition)

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