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What are the long-term side effects of Zicam nasal spray?

What are the long-term side effects of Zicam nasal spray?

Increased congestion: Many of the Zicam nasal sprays contain nasal decongestants, similar to the afrin brand of nasal sprays. Topical nasal decongestant sprays are safe if used for a short period of time. If used for more than a few days, however, they can cause rebound congestion, which can become more severe than the original reason for using the spray. Never use for more than 3 days straight. ...Read more

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Can zicam nasal spray really make u loose your sense of smell? If yes is it Irreversible?

Can zicam nasal spray really make u loose your sense of smell? If yes is it Irreversible?

Yes and? Permanent: According to the FDA warning earlier in 2009, Zicam can cause long lasting loss of sense of smell and can be permanent. Kindly avoid using it, many other remedies are available, ask your doctor ...Read more

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How long can I use Zicam allergy nasal spray for?

How long can I use Zicam allergy nasal spray for?

Recall concern: Fda posted a warning concerning intranasal zinc. .."while Zicam also makes zinc-containing oral cold remedies, these are not subject to this warning because the development of anosmia appears to be related to the intranasal application of zinc." anosmia is the liss of smell. You should consult your physician regarding this warning. ...Read more

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Rebound effect Zicam sinus relief nasal spray 3 days in a row?

Rebound effect Zicam sinus relief nasal spray 3 days in a row?

Beware!: Otc decongestant sprays such as zicam, afrin, etc (oxymetazoline) can definitely cause rebound congestion typically after 5 to 7 days of use. This condition is called rhinitis medicamentosa, and long-term use of such medications can be difficult to treat. For severe cases, an allergist or ENT physician can recommend weaning protocols in conjunction with proper rhinitis therapy. ...Read more

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What nasal spray is not addictive?

What nasal spray is not addictive?

Nasal spray: There are many non-addictive nasal sprays. For what reason do you intend to use the nasal spray? ...Read more

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Where to buy melatonin nasal spray?

Where to buy melatonin nasal spray?

Online?: I have not heard much of people using nasal spray compared to those that use lozenge or oral tablet. ...Read more

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Does nasal spray contains mercury?

Which nasal sprays: Do u mean? Otc ones? Nasal steroids? The live virus influenza vaccine that is a nasal spray does not contain thimerosol (mercury). Thimerosol is used in multi-dose vial of injectable vaccine to prevent contamination & growth of bacteria or fungi. Apparently some nasal decongestants do contain thimerosol. ...Read more

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Can you use nasal spray and dayquil?

Can you use nasal spray and dayquil?

Yes: Follow instructions on packaging. If you have a heart condition or high blood pressure, consult your doctor. If the nasal spray is afrin, you should only use it for 3 days. ...Read more

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Is lidocaine nasal spray still made?

Is lidocaine nasal spray still made?

By compounding: I do not think it is commercially available but can be produced by a custom compounding pharmacy if your physician feels it is an appropriate drug for you. ...Read more

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Can I take a nasal spray and dayquil?

Can I take a nasal spray and dayquil?

Perhaps: Dayquil contains Acetaminophen (tylenol), phenylephrine (decongestant) and dextramethorphan (cough suppressant). There should be no interaction with saline nasal sprays, steroid nasal sprays, antihistamine nasal sprays. There would be no real reason to use a decongestant nasal spray as this would be redundant, but unlikely to be harmful. ...Read more

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Addicted to nasal spray, what do I do?

Addicted to nasal spray, what do I do?

See allergist: It is very easy to become "addicted" to the otc nasal sprays that contain oxymetazoline that are in afrin, neosyneprhine, etc. This is called rhinitis medicamentosa. Treatment can be challenging but through prescription nasal sprays and sometimes prednisone, an allergist or ENT doctor can assist you in getting off that spray! ...Read more

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I'm addicted to nasal spray. Is this bad?

I'm addicted to nasal spray. Is this bad?

YES.: Over the counter nose sprays, like afrin or neosynephrine, are damaging, inflamatory, and quite addictive. Three or 4 days, at most, with a bad cold, is ok, but beyond that, the nasal swelling 'rebounds', and we begin to use the spray more frequently, and get hooked. I start such patients on a nasal steroid spray, and a 10 day tapered course of an oral steroid, which always cures this addiction. ...Read more

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What is the vibrocil nasal spray used for?

What is the vibrocil nasal spray used for?

Allergies: Vibrocil is not available in the U.S. It is used for common colds, acute and chronic rhinitis, seasonal (hay fever) and non-seasonal allergic rhinitis, acute and chroniand c sinusitis, pre- and postoperative care, adjuvant in cases of acute ear infection. It is a.Combination antihistamine and phenylephrine (decongestant). ...Read more

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Can you really get addicted to nasal spray?

Somewhat: Nasal decongestant sprays can cause rebound nasal blockage if overused and require the use of more spray. It's called rhinitis medicamentosa. ...Read more

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Is it possible to be addicted to nasal spray?

Is it possible to be addicted to nasal spray?

YES!: Nose sprays with oxymetazoline, like afrin, causes great relief of stuffy nose, but it is addictive. If you use it, you should stop after 3 to 5 days. ...Read more

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What to do if I'm addicted to OTC nasal spray?

What to do if I'm addicted to OTC nasal spray?

Depends on what: Are the underlying problems. In some people, it is really a stimulant dependency, and chemical dependency treatment is really ncessary. In others, it is often enough to switch to nasal steroids, which do not produce dependency or stimulation and just stop nasal sprays (usually neosynephrine), and use oral equivalents which are not as re-inforcing. See an ENT doctor first, then mental health help. ...Read more

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How long should I keep using rhinolast nasal spray?

Seasonally: Are you taking it for seasonal allergies? If yes, take it as prescribed during seasons when you have allergies. You don't need to take it at times of year when you don't have allergy symptoms. Rhinolast controls allergy symptoms but it doesn't cure them so if you stop it during allergy season, your allergies will come back. If you have allergies all year round, you'll need to take it all year. ...Read more

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What are the long-term side effects of nasal spray?

What are the long-term side effects of nasal spray?

Nasal spray: Depends on what is being sprayed. Saline none. Nasal decongestants should not be used more than 2 or 3 days at a time or else worsening or more congestion may develop. Nasal steroids safe for long term use. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of coming off nasal spray?

What are the side effects of coming off nasal spray?

Nasal congestion: Depending on the type of nasal spray you are using, you may develop recurrence of your nasal congestion ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I'm addicted to OTC nasal spray?

Depends on what: Are the underlying problems. In some people, it is really a stimulant dependency, and chemical dependency treatment is really ncessary. In others, it is often enough to switch to nasal steroids, which do not produce dependency or stimulation and just stop nasal sprays (usually neosynephrine), and use oral equivalents which are not as re-inforcing. See an ENT doctor first, then mental health help. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about nasal spray for stopping smoking?

Can you tell me about nasal spray for stopping smoking?

Nicotine spray: Is no different than most other forms of nicotine replacement therapy, including gum and lozenges. The spray is more rapidly absorbed from nasal mucosa, so it decreases nicotine withdrawal and craving slightly more quickly than gum or lozenges. The gum is very thick (viscous) and difficult to chew, and can pull out loose fillings or teeth, and cause TMJ pain. I prefer to prescribe lozenges/patch. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of long term use of nasal spray?

Nasal sprays.: Side effects of long term use of nasal sprays depends on the ingredient.
1) decongestants like neo-synephrione = more prolonged nasal congestion
2) Normal Saline = almost nil
3) steroids = possible atrophy of the turbinates; easy bleeding
4) antihistamines = sedation, loss of effect. ...Read more

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What is the best nasal spray to help with a bunged up nose?

Afrin (oxymetazoline: When used for short time frames, 3-5 days, it is very effective. Longer use causes rebound congestion that is quite problematic. ...Read more

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What is the difference between nasal spray and saline drops?

What is the difference between nasal spray and saline drops?

Similar: Saline (salt water) can be administered into the nose many ways. Saline nasal sprays produce a fine mist, while drops are larger. Sometimes, nasal rinse with a neti pot or nasal sinus rinse in larger volumes to rinse out the nasal cavity is useful. An allergist or ENT can assist in the type of nasal spray/treatment most effective for each individual. ...Read more

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Can you use synex 12 hour nasal spray and stacker 3 with chitosan?

Yes, but why?: Why are you using supplements that you don't know what's in them, have never been tested, and have never been proven to help you with anything? Why waste your money, the only thing that will happen is that your wallet with shrink. Don't get your medical information from friends, tv or the internet. ...Read more

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What is the difference between sinex nasal spray and sinex nasal mist?

What is the difference between sinex nasal spray and sinex nasal mist?

Ingredients: The ultra fine mist contains oxymetazoline and the spray contains phenylephrine. These can cause rebound nasal congestion (Rhinitis Medicamentosa) if used more than 3 days. ...Read more

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I use nasal spray every night before I go to bed will it hurt the baby?

I use nasal spray every night before I go to bed will it hurt the baby?

Nasal spray: What type of nasal spray are you using? Are you pregnant? How far along are you in your pregnancy? ...Read more

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Is it thought of as dangerous to use nasal spray every night before bed?

Spray saline: Spray saline into your nostrils frequently to flush out allergens and irritants. You will get the best care in a long term relationship with a provider who knows you over time. Discuss this with that provider. ...Read more

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