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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
180 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?

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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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Afrin (Definition)

Afrin is a nasal preparation which is a kind of ...Read more