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Vicks Nasal Spray
Help! 4mth preg..I just used Vicks Nasal Spray to unclog my nose. Very congested. I'm concerned if I did the right thing by using it. Is my baby ok?
Likely ok: Unless you are using your nasal spray every hour, there is very little systemic absorption from the nasal spray to affect the fetus. However you should really talk to your doctor to get something more effective than Vicks which should not be used for more than a few days especially when you are still very congested. This condition is known as Rhinitis gravidarum likely related to hormones. ...Read more
Good question: If you are habitually using OTC nasal sprays such as neo-synephrine or afrin, you will within weeks develop what is called rhinitis medicamentosa. This is an inflammation of the mucous membrane of the nose in which rebound is common. That means every time you use the nasal spray, you will become worse, sometimes for a very long period of time. If steroids are being used and not helpful,see ENT. ...Read more
Saline only: Spray saline into your nostrils frequently to flush out allergens and irritants. You will get the best care in a long term relationship with a provider who knows you over time. Discuss this with that provider. ...Read more
?: This isn't the first time, several reasons: some Novartis products were cited byFDA and recalled, others claim that OTC decongestants in general were withdrawn, unlikely. At any rate alternatives are available/other generic brands please read the labels carefully. If you really suffer and need the 4 way or other decongestant more often, you better see an ENT/Allergist, check aaaai.org or acaai.org ...Read more
Nasal spray: I assume you are referring to an over the counter decongestant nasal spray that is very addictive if used more than 3 days. You need to see an allergist, you probably need a medicated nasal spray to alleviate the rebound congestion you have developed, you may need oral steroids and do not touch this stuff ever again. ...Read more
Spray laterally: The correct method of using a nasal spray is to insert the opening of the spray bottle and pointing the intranasal spray toward the eye, in other words, up and toward the side of the nose. In this manner the spray will make contact with the tissue in the lateral wall of the inside of the nasal mucosa. The spray usually should not be sprayed straight back. Incidentally, what spray are you using? ...Read more
What kind?: and whether you exceeded the dosage or the duration? At any rate no harm done, just revert to your regular schedule, or discontinue the medicine if you're done with the recommended time, take care ...Read more
Stop It: Spray saline into your nostrils frequently to flush out allergens and irritants. You will get the best care in a long term relationship with a provider who knows you over time. Discuss this with that provider. ...Read more
Expiration: In general, recommend against use of expired medications. ...Read more
Are anhistamimes nasal spray safe to take? And does it work more effective then oral anhistamimes
Yes: They are safe, whether they are better than oral antihistamines is a clinical judgement/patient experience, ask the doctor who will prescribe it for you, good luck ...Read more
I used nasal spray which is 3 months expired! I didn't realise till after! It seems to have worked though but do I need to worry?
No: Most medications have expiration dates because of regulation (it also makes people buy more). They usually don't lose effectiveness or become dangerous. There are always exceptions but you'll be fine. ...Read more
I was woundering i have nasal spray that expired on 11-2012 and it was a OTC is it still safe for use and if not why? I read online sometimes its ok.
Lose Potency: I would definitely get an updated spray if it expired back in 2012. As medications sit over time they tend to loose their potency and are not as effective. Its not that the medication is dangerous to use, its just that it will be a waste of your time to use it because the spray won't be as effective as a new one. ...Read more