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Do all topical decongestants cause rebound congestion?

Do all  topical decongestants cause rebound congestion?

Yes.: All nasal spray and drop decongestants cause rebound nasal congestion if used for too long. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Loury
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Congestion (Definition)

Congestion refers to any situation of "backup of fluid." Congestion may refer to the sinuses being backed up with mucus, while pulmonary congestion refers to a backup of fluid into the lungs due to ...Read more


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

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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Can you use astelin (azelastine) daily? Does it cause rebound congestion?

Can you use astelin (azelastine) daily? Does it cause rebound congestion?

Yes, and NO: Yes you can use Astelin daily, and no it does not cause rebound congestion, or rhinitis medicamentosa. Unlike steroid nasal sprays, you don't have to use it daily to see an effect. It works best using twice per day. ...Read more

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

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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How many days in a row can I take pseudoephedrine without getting a risk of rebound congestion?.

How many days in a row can I take pseudoephedrine without getting a risk of rebound congestion?.

No rebound: One should not get a rebound reaction from oral pseudoephedrine although the original congestion will return when the effect wears out. If you have high BP, this may not be a good choice for you. If you have allergic nasal symptoms, a nasal steroid will work better without the BP or cardiac (fast heart beats) effect. ...Read more

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Will gradual increases in dosages of reactine (zyrtec) eventually cause rebound congestion? Thanks.

Will gradual increases in dosages of reactine (zyrtec) eventually cause rebound congestion? Thanks.

No : Rebound nasal congestion is most commonly seen with topical nasal decongestants such as oxymetazoline as found in afrin nasaly spray. Antihistamines are not associated with rebound symptoms including congestion. ...Read more

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If I use Afrin once a day every other day for 3 days how long would I have to wait to use it again before it causes rebound congestion?

Short term only: Afrin is only meant for short term use. If you need something frequently then you need to try other medications like nasal steroids and nasal saline. You should not use Afrin more than three days in a month. More frequent use may cause rebound congestion. ...Read more

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Would oral phenylephrine/pseudoephedrine help with rebound congestion?

Would oral phenylephrine/pseudoephedrine help with rebound congestion?

Steroids: I would recommend either Medrol dose-pak or Prednisone 20 mg. Three times a day for 5 days. Prednisone is the ultimate anti-inflammatory drug and the above 2 methods of administration are safe and should relieve rebound congestion. Obviously, stop taking over the counter nasal sprays. If you have nasal congestion, see an ENT doc or an allergist. ...Read more

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Does sudafed have a rebound congestion or medicamentosa ?

Does sudafed have a rebound congestion or medicamentosa
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Not really: Only otc nasal sprays that contain afrin cause rebound congestion that can be severe if used for more than 3 days. ...Read more

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