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Can a pregnant woman take afrin (oxymetazoline)?

Can a pregnant woman take afrin (oxymetazoline)?

Yes, but . . .: Taken in the third trimester, there appears to be no problem. There are adverse events reported sporadically after high dose/prolonged use, especially in the first two trimesters. My recommendation is use saline nasal spray. Works very well and all it is salt water. ...Read more

Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Is afrin (oxymetazoline) safe in pregnancy?

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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I have been using Afrin (oxymetazoline) for over a year now i am 12 weeks pregnant. I want to stop using it but its hard what do i do?

I have been using Afrin (oxymetazoline) for over a year now i am 12 weeks pregnant. I want to stop using it but its hard what do i do?

Afrin (oxymetazoline): That's is a long time! Any doctor will tell you not to do that... Now as a doctor I was in the same situation but I used it for 3 years ;/... Rebound withdrawal is horrible. Do this. Get an afrin (oxymetazoline) bottle a usually 30ml and add 30ml of boiled water. This will make it 50% strength. Use that for a week. Then add 60ml of water to a new bottle. You will wean off with this ;) Took me a while to find way ...Read more

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Ok to use afrin (oxymetazoline) in 3rd trimester of pregnancy?

NO!: Do not use afrin or any other nasal decongestant (claritin-d, allegra-d) throughout pregnancy, as it can cause unsafe spikes in your blood pressure, stroke, placental abruption, or even fetal loss! plain oral antihistamines (not -d), nasal saline spray may be used instead, as may nasal steroids with medical supervision. ...Read more

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My wife is pregnant and she has a very bad sinus congestion, can she take afrin (oxymetazoline) with azythromicin?

Azithromycin ok: use nasal saline and benadryl[dihphenhydramine] afrin ok but limit to 2 days a week only , twice a day , can use flonase or any nasal steroid best , takes 2 days to work can use for weeks. ...Read more

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I have been using afrin (oxymetazoline) for the past month and i'm 15 weeks pregnant. Is it safe for the baby? I'm really worried!

Probably not!: Afrin used long enough can actually cause more problem to mom than baby! rhinitis medicamentosa or prolonged misuse of nasal vasoconstrictors can be hard to wean from ... Please see your OB or md to see if you need to be switch to a baby-friendly nasal meds! enjoy your pregnancy! regards! ...Read more

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I used too much oxymetazoline hydrocloride (0.05%) nasal spray and I am pregnant, should I consult midwife?

I used too much oxymetazoline hydrocloride (0.05%) nasal spray and I am  pregnant, should I consult midwife?

Consult a doctor: You will likely need to take a short course of Prednisone to help wean you off of the spray and may even need a rx spray to control the nasal congestion which got you started on the oxymetazoline spray overuse in the first place. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take amedicine for sinus like afrin(oxymetazoline) in the 1st trimesters of pregnancy?

FDA Category C: This substance is rated category c for pregnant women. Which means it is not advised unless the benefit outweighs the risk. There have been very few reported problems, but no real studies have been done to establish safety. As a fellow sinus sufferer....I would not use it. I would do steam inhalations with menthol and consider seeing the doctor if symptoms last longer than 10 days. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use a nasal decongestant such as afrin at night (so i can sleep) when i'm 5 weeks pregnant?

Is it safe to use a nasal decongestant such as afrin at night  (so i can sleep) when i'm 5 weeks pregnant?

I'm usually not a : Fan of afrin (oxymetazoline). There could be some unwanted side effects: http://www.Drugs.Com/sfx/afrin (oxymetazoline)-side-effects.Html. ...Read more

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Is afrin safe to use for severe nasal congestion during third trimester of pregnancy? I am currently 33 weeks and a few days and need sleep! thank you

Is afrin safe to use for severe nasal congestion during third trimester of pregnancy? I am currently 33 weeks and a few days and need sleep! thank you

If your BP is NML: Afrin (oxymetazoline) contains a vasoconstrictor, which is to say that it constricts blood vessels. In women predisposed to this, especially in late pregnancy, it may cause a rise in your bp, that could make your doctor suspicious of developing preeclampsia. In small amounts it should be safe, but i would suggest you try antihistamines (they sometimes help), and avoid the decongestants for the above reason. ...Read more

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17 weeks pregnant w/ constant all day all night coughing up yellow phlegm. Dr at 13 wks said use afrin (oxymetazoline) and claritin D. hasnt helped. sinus infection?

17 weeks pregnant w/ constant all day all night coughing up yellow phlegm. Dr at 13 wks said use afrin (oxymetazoline) and claritin D. hasnt helped. sinus infection?

Possible sinus infx: Coughing up yellow phlegm for what appears to be 4 weeks may certainly be related to a bacterial sinusitis. Also contributing to these symptoms may be rhinitis of pregnancy in which changes in hormones causes dilation of blood vessels and subsequent nasal stuffiness. A return visit to your OBGYN or your primary physician for an evaluation would be appropriate. Also avoid using Afrin too much. ...Read more

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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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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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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 should you do when you accidently swallow "afrin"?

No problem: There shouldn't be a problem swallowing a small amount of afrin nasal spray. I would do nothing and not be concerned about it. ...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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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Oxymetazoline (Definition)

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Afrin (Definition)

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