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Should I use expired afrin (oxymetazoline)?

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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Oxymetazoline (Definition)

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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.

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

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Is it safe to take afrin (oxymetazoline) and qnasl together?

Yes but...: Yes, but afrin (oxymetazoline) should not be used for more than 2-3 consecutive days because it could cause more harm then good if used too long. Rhinitis medicamentosa may occur which means that symptoms of a runny nose may occur with too much afrin (oxymetazoline) use. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use afrin (oxymetazoline) every 10 days or so?

Yes, sounds like: It is not overusage. You can develop dependence if you exceed product label instructions. ...Read more

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Side effects of using afrin (oxymetazoline) for more than 3 days?

Afrin (oxymetazoline) side effects..: Side effects of using afrin for longer than 3 days include return and worsening of nasal congestion. Feeling nervous, headaches and insomnia are other possible side effects. ...Read more

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How can one stop using afrin (oxymetazoline) without rebound congestion?

Rebound: The doctor usually lets you use it on one side for two to three weeks while he uses steroid nasal spray on the other side and then uses the steroid spray on the remaining side after that or combnies it azelastine if you are allergic. ...Read more

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How long should it take rebound congestion from overusing afrin (oxymetazoline) to go away?

Depends.: This depends on how long you have been using afrin (oxymetazoline) before you try to stop. Your doctor can prescribe medications to help get you off the afrin (oxymetazoline). ...Read more

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I get severely congested only at night and the only thing that helps is afrin (oxymetazoline) which can only be used for 3 days and the cold 60 and under. Cause?

Humidifier: If you're using a heater, you might need a humidifier at night to moisten your mucosa. Otherwise you can ask you doctor if he can prescribe you a nasal corticosteroids such as Flonase combined with an antihistamine like allegra. If you don't suffer from heart disease and hypertension, a short course of oral decongestants like sudafed might help also. You can't use afrin more than 5 days. ...Read more

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Had a bad cold and used afrin (oxymetazoline). On 5th day now. Only needed it once today unlike other days. Is it ok to still use tomorrow since I'm needing it less?

No: Stop the afrin immediately or you will develop rebound and rhinitis medicamentosa, a fancy name that will make your nose worse and breathing worse. Otc nasal sprays should only be used for 3 days. The cause of you nasal obstruction is usually a viral infection and saline irrigations are much more physiological and safer. ...Read more

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Had cold week ago/using afrin (oxymetazoline). By very early morning, I get very stuffed up/can't sleep. Afrin (oxymetazoline) does not help. Sitting up makes better. What's wrong?

Had cold week ago/using afrin (oxymetazoline). By very early morning, I get very stuffed up/can't sleep. Afrin (oxymetazoline) does not help. Sitting up makes better. What's wrong?

DUST ALLERGY??: Dust allergies can cause these symptoms- have you tried vacuuming the room at least once per week along with washing the linens? If persists, might try an electrostatic air filter, which your favorite a/c person could install for you! ...Read more

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Would oxymetazoline HCl show on tox screen?

Not sure: Unlikely if used in recommended amounts. Depends on how much is used. If much used can elevate blood pressure so it can get into the system. Could call poison control center and find out. ...Read more

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Can you become addicted to afrin (oxymetazoline)?

Possibly: I wouldn't necessarily use the word "addicted" when talking about afrin, but, as with any decongestant nasal spray such as afrin, you can get what is called rebound congestion if you use it for more than 2-3 days. This is a condition where the congestion actually gets worse, even while continuing to use the afrin, so you want to restrict use to 2-3 days only. ...Read more

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Can I take Afrin (oxymetazoline) and Flonase together?

Can I take Afrin (oxymetazoline) and Flonase together?

Perhaps: Afrin contains oxymetazoline which can improve nasal congestion when used for short periods of time. Use for more than 3 days can increase risk of rebound congestion and development of a condition called Rhinits Medicamentosa. (RM) Use with a topical steroid nasal spray may (like flute adobe) help to prevent it. You should always minimize use of decongestants because of other possible effects. ...Read more

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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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Will using afrin (oxymetazoline) at night cause insomnia?

May occur: Side effects of oxymetazoline may include: increased nasal congestion if used > 3 to 5 days, rapid heart rate, increased blood pressure, blurred vision, insomnia, headache, dizziness, weakness, trembling, feeling nervous, sneezing & nasal dryness or burning. ...Read more

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Should I stop using afrin (oxymetazoline) before a laparoscopy?

Should I stop using afrin (oxymetazoline) before a laparoscopy?

Likely no: This is all local with minimal absorption into circulation. It shouldn't be an issue w laparoscopy. U should call ur hospital and talk to pre-op nurse or anesthesia person. ...Read more

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Will using afrin (oxymetazoline) at night cause me to sleep better?

Will using afrin (oxymetazoline) at night cause me to sleep better?

Maybe yes - maybe no: Sleep disturbance is a possible side effect of afrin (oxymetazoline). However, if a person was having problems with sleep due to congestion - then use of afrin (oxymetazoline) may help to improve quality of sleep. Remember that Afrin (oxymetazoline) use is limited to 3 to 5 days. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
197 Doctors shared insights

Afrin (Definition)

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