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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

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What is the treatment for afrin (oxymetazoline) overdose?

What is the treatment for afrin (oxymetazoline) overdose?

Stop Afrin (oxymetazoline): First, stop afrin, then tapered steroids, and prescription nasal spray, oral decongestants if cardiac status allows, sometimes saline drops or spray. ...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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Can you take many sprays of afrin (oxymetazoline) in one day without overdosing?

Can you take many sprays of afrin (oxymetazoline) in one day without overdosing?

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

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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?

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

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Afrin (oxymetazoline) mix with equal part saline solution. Allows for long term use without overdosing. Healthy? Or cancer causing?

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

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Can expired afrin (oxymetazoline) still be used?

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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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 than 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 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

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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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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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Is afrin (oxymetazoline) safe in pregnancy?

Afrin (oxymetazoline) is FDA: Pregnancy category c. Thus, it has not been established if it will cause harm to unborn child in humans. This should be discussed with your obstetrician/ physician to determine if benefits outweigh risks. ...Read more

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Oxymetazoline nasal solution considered an antihistamine?

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

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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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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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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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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