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What are the side effects of oxymetazoline hydrochloride?

What are the side effects of oxymetazoline hydrochloride?

Afrin: 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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Why is it bad to use a nasal spray with oxymetazoline hydrochloride nightly?

Why is it bad to use a nasal spray with oxymetazoline hydrochloride nightly?

Tachyphylaxis: Basically your nose will become desentized to the effect of the oxymetazoline. If you use beyond the recommend time (3-5 days), your nose will upregulate receptors for it and require more and more for the same effect. There are better options for nightly nasal stuffiness and simple in-office procedures can be a permanent solution for you - see your local ent. ...Read more

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Can I use amoxicillin for chronic sinusitis? Become addicted to oxymetazoline hydrochloride , what shall i do. What is the best alternative?

Can I use amoxicillin for chronic sinusitis?  Become addicted to oxymetazoline hydrochloride , what shall i do. What is the best alternative?

Afrin addiction: Hello. Rhinitis medicamentosa is a condition where your nasal turbinates become dependent on the spray to breath. The best recommendation is to quit cold turkey. Use pseudofed as needed and increase your head when you sleep. Your nose will return to normal within a few days. If this doesn't work see your ENT doctor. ...Read more

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Is 0.025% oxymetazoline hydrochloride safe to give a 2 year old for a cold with congested nose?

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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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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Tps for curing oxymetazoline addiction? Im 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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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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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
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Afrin (Definition)

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