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Why Shouldnt Diabetics Use Oxymetazoline Nasal
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Im 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxymetazoline good luck ...Read more
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
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
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
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
I used too much oxymetazoline hydrocloride (0.05%) nasal spray and I am pregnant, should I consult midwife?
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
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 have to go for a free and total testosterone blood test. Would my use of oxymetazoline nasal spray affect the results? Should I wait in between?
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
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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