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Oxymetazoline Overdose In Children
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
Not advisable: The usual dosing of afrin for an adult is 2 sprays/nostril twice a day. Anymore is overdosing. It does not give incrementally improved results and risks you complications like headache, insomnia and nervousness. Absolute maximum time of usage of afrin is 5 days. Longer than this leads to tachphylaxis and worsening of nasal congestion. If you find yourself chronically congested, see your doctor. ...Read more
I think I overdose with afrin (oxymetazoline) lub (oximetazolina .050% spray) I took more than 14 applications by mistake in the same moment. That happened 30 minutes ago?
Decongestant spray: Many folks are addicted to decongestant nasal sprays due to instant results. Do not use it for more than 3 days! See an ENT doctor for treatment. ...Read more
Afrin (oxymetazoline) mix with equal part saline solution. Allows for long term use without overdosing. Healthy? Or cancer causing?
The problem with ..: With long-term use of afrin is the rebound effect in the nasal cavity and a potential for increasing blood pressure. Diluting it with saline is not a good long-term solution. There are some prescription nasal sprays that are safe to use for the long-term treatment of allergies and nonallergic nasal conditions. There is no association with the use of afrin and cancer. ...Read more
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
They can be used: Together.Get a more detailed answer ›
Yes, sounds like: It is not overusage. You can develop dependence if you exceed product label instructions. ...Read more
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 corticosteroid 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 as well. You can't use afrin more than 5 days. ...Read more
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
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?
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
Oxymetazoline: No, Oxymetazoline is a decongestant. It temporarily helps with nasal congestion by constricting the local blood vessels and reducing swelling and congestion. If used more than 3 days, it can cause a rebound effect and worsen symptoms. Antihistamines are a separate class of medications. They block the effects histamine, which help reduce the watery eyes and runny nose. ...Read more
No: Limit use to a maximum of 3 days. ...Read more
Saline: Nasal saline washes.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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