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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
Can I use Baby Vicks on my one month old baby? She's congested and dr only gave her nasal spray which isn't working
I wouldn't: I consider Vicks just air pollution and especially avoid it in infants. This is a throwback to native american sweat lodge treatments using pine pitch as a fragrance.Grandma probably loves it and there are many lay practices that use it throughout childhood, but I don't until school age.A good nasal saline washout works wonders if done right. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
Expiration: In general, recommend against use of expired medications. ...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
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