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Can you take many sprays of afrin (oxymetazoline) in one day without overdosing?

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Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Not advisable

The usual dosing of afrin for an adult is 2 sprays/nostril twice a day.
Any more is overdosing. It does not give incrementally improved results and risks you complications like headache, insomnia and nervousness. Absolute maximum time of usage of afrin is 5 days. Longer than this leads to tachphylaxis and worsening of nasal congestion. If you find yourself chronically congested, see your doctor.

In brief: Not advisable

The usual dosing of afrin for an adult is 2 sprays/nostril twice a day.
Any more is overdosing. It does not give incrementally improved results and risks you complications like headache, insomnia and nervousness. Absolute maximum time of usage of afrin is 5 days. Longer than this leads to tachphylaxis and worsening of nasal congestion. If you find yourself chronically congested, see your doctor.
Dr. Anifat Balogun
Dr. Anifat Balogun
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Agree w Dr. Balogun

Using Afrin (oxymetazoline) more than once every 10 to 12 hours (twice a day) for 3 day (5 days max) can cause significant side effects.

In brief: Agree w Dr. Balogun

Using Afrin (oxymetazoline) more than once every 10 to 12 hours (twice a day) for 3 day (5 days max) can cause significant side effects.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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