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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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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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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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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?

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 more

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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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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

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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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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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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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Oxymetazoline (Definition)

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