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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Oxymetazoline (Definition)

Oxymetazoline is a nasal preparation which is a kind of ...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 then 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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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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Is afrin (oxymetazoline) safe to use in the second trimester? I've used it atleast twice a day for the last two weeks? Is the baby ok?

Is afrin (oxymetazoline) safe to use in the second trimester? I've used it atleast twice a day for the last two weeks?  Is the baby ok?

Don't overuse it: Pregnancy causes congestion from swelling of the nasal membranes. Afrin shrinks the lining but should only be used for a couple of days; any longer causes severe "rebound" congestion. It is also a vasoconstrictor (tightens blood vessels), and while the risk is low, it may affect blood flow to your baby. Check with your doctor for safer and better options to treat your congestion. ...Read more

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Afrin (oxymetazoline) during third trimester.. Is it safe to take?

Afrin (oxymetazoline): Afrin (oxymetazoline) is fda pregnancy category c. Drugs.Com defines category c as “animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.” thus discuss with your ob/physician to determine if benefits outweigh risks. ...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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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Afrin (Definition)

Afrin is a nasal preparation which is a kind of ...Read more