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I used too much oxymetazoline hydrocloride (0.05%) nasal spray?

I used too much oxymetazoline hydrocloride (0.05%) nasal spray?

Limit use of spray: Use this nasal spray only every 12 hours or so to prevent "rebound dryness" and refractory congestion. ...Read more

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Can I take oxymetazoline nasal spray and pseudophedrine together?

Can I take oxymetazoline nasal spray and pseudophedrine together?

Yes, short term: Oxymetazoline is a nasal decongestant spray that works quickly to decrease stuffy nose, but if used beyond 4-7 days may result in "rebound" nasal congestion and a person can become dependent upon it. Pseudoephedrine is an oral decongestant that is effective but has multiple side effects including increasing BP in those with hard to control high blood pressure, insomnia, dry mouth, and GI upset. ...Read more

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Oxymetazoline nasal solution considered a antihistamine?

Oxymetazoline nasal solution considered a antihistamine?

Oxymetazoline: No, Oxymetazoline is a decongestant. It temporarily helps with nasal congestion by constricting the local blood vessels and reducing swelling and congestion. If used more than 3 days, it can cause a rebound effect and worsen symptoms. Antihistamines are a separate class of medications. They block the effects histamine, which help reduce the watery eyes and runny nose. ...Read more

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I'm 33years old. My nasals (oxymetazoline) get blocked every 3-4 hours every day I face dis problem since 12 years. I tried lots of treatments but no cures please advice?

I'm 33years old. My nasals (oxymetazoline) get blocked every 3-4 hours every day I face dis problem since 12 years. I tried lots of treatments but no cures please advice?

Decongestants: If you have been using over the counter decongestant medications to try and get relief, such as afrin, neosynephrine, Vicks 4 way, etc, you may now have something called rhinitis medicamentosa due to the repeated use of the topical decongestant medication. This causes rebound nasal congestion when the decongestant wears off which occurs quicker over time. See and ENT or allergist. ...Read more

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Why is it bad to use a nasal spray with oxymetazoline hydrochloride nightly?

Tachyphylaxis: Basically your nose will become desentized to the effect of the oxymetazoline. If you use beyond the recommend time (3-5 days), your nose will upregulate receptors for it and require more and more for the same effect. There are better options for nightly nasal stuffiness and simple in-office procedures can be a permanent solution for you - see your local ent. ...Read more

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What would happen if someone uses Oxymetazoline nasal drops for years and years? What consequences could bring?

What would happen if someone uses Oxymetazoline nasal drops for years and years? What consequences could bring?

Rhinitis medicamen-: Tosa is prolonged use of nasal decongestant, oxymethazoline, which leads to habituation (one has to use more of the medication to get the same effect) and to inability to stop using the drops because of rebound congestion when med wears off. For these reasons, and the side effects of increased HR/BP, decong. Drops should be used max. 7 days. Often need help of doc and use of steroid drops to stop. ...Read more

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Can problems with the nasals (oxymetazoline) cause bad breath?

Can problems with the nasals (oxymetazoline) cause bad breath?

Yes: Infected sinuses can cause bad breath, but also have tonsils checked and ask your dentist to make sure there are no infections in your mouth. ...Read more

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Can I take oxymetazoline (nasal spray) while taking amoxicillin?

Can I take oxymetazoline (nasal spray) while taking amoxicillin?

There are no: Interactions noted between Oxymetazoline and amoxicillin using a drug interaction checker. Do not use more than twice in a 24 hour period & limit use for 3 to 5 days to avoid rebound congestion. ...Read more

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How long after using oxymetazoline nasal spray, should I wait to blow my nose?

How long after using oxymetazoline nasal spray, should I wait to blow my nose?

Why using spray?: Why are you using the spray? It is very powerful and very habit forming. Use it no more than 3 days. Blowing your nose is not an issue. If you have a cold or some other temporary issue the spray is "ok" but only for 3 days and no more. ...Read more

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After using oxymetazoline nasal spray (anefrin, etc,) should I wait to blow my nose?

Time to work: You should give the medication time to work first. Also be aware that this product should only be used on a short term basis and ongoing use may result in physical dependence on the product to maintain the sensation of open nasal passages. ...Read more

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My nose has been clogged up for 2 days now and I finally used a oxymetazoline nasal spray but it was expired should I be worried?

My nose has been clogged up for 2 days now and I finally used a oxymetazoline nasal spray but it was expired should I be worried?

Toss it blow ur nose: Not because it's too old but because these type of inhalers will cause a rebound congestion much worse than the original problem and are thus highly addictive. They are actually recommended to be used for just two to three days which is unfortunately just long enough for this profound rebound congestion to develop as the drug wears off. Learn to blow your nose, it's far more effective. ...Read more

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What can happen to someone who uses Oxymetazoline nasal drops for years and years without stopping?

What can happen to someone who uses Oxymetazoline nasal drops for years and years without stopping?

Oxymetazoline use: It stops having an effect and can actually make things worse - Oxymetazoline or AFRIN (oxymetazoline) - works well for maybe 1-2 days but then can cause the same symptoms it was being used to treat. I would STOP using it - allow your body to flush it out of its system
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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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I get nasal congestion almost every night. Is it OK to use the nasal spray of 0.05% oxymetazoline in the morning several times about 3X week?

Yes: I know about the cautions to minimize the use of oxymetazoline, due to its propensity to result in addiction. However, I also know that it's essential to be able to breath. I've known a number of people who used it for years, due to their chronic allergies. Sure, they were addicted to it, and couldn't breath without it--but it didn't cause them any other problems. It's much safer than steroids ...Read more

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I see many people asking questions about oxymetazoline nasal spray. But today I bought eye drops containing it. What exactly is it useful for in eyes?

I see many people asking questions about oxymetazoline nasal spray. But today I bought eye drops containing it. What exactly is it useful for in eyes?

Oxymetazoline: This is a vasoconstrictor, so it is used to clear the redness in the eyes and to decongest the nose. Not a problem if used short term but long term use can create significant side effects. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to use afrin (oxymetazoline) after nose cauterization?

Yes: I routinely recommend Afrin for three days after nasal cautery. Also use saline for crusting, saline gel to coat the nasal musosa and no vigorous nose blowing. ...Read more

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My nose is terribly stuffy. I've used afrin (oxymetazoline) and Vicks for the allotted time but I am miserable! Is there anything else I can do? How long is afrin (oxymetazoline) ok?

From the afrin (oxymetazoline): Afrin (oxymetazoline) is best used for three days followed by three day break, may repeat this cycle. Usually it takes a while to develop swelling from daily use but some can have severe continuing swelling after just a couple applications. Also need to make sure there isn't a sinusitis causing the blockage. Suggest sudafed, topical steroid sprays, saline rinse, and brief oral steroids. May need to see ent. ...Read more

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Can I take afrin (oxymetazoline) for my stuffy nose while taking Amoxcillin? Or will the Amoxcillin help me?

Nasal congestion: Amoxicillin is an antibiotic that may treat the bacterial infection. Afrin is a topical vasoconstrictor that decongests the nasal passage and allows effective drainage and air flow. You will need both but use Afrin only 3-4 times per day for 3 days at a time and discontinue it for at least 3 days before reusing it if needed. Keep the air you breath warm and humid to decongest your nose naturally. ...Read more

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