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I use afrin (oxymetazoline) regularly. Is it possible to be addicted to afrin (oxymetazoline)?

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Dr. Steven Machtinger
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Medicine Nose

That's what rhinitis medicamentosa means.
Lots of opinions here; i like dr. Klein's the best. This addiction involves 2 problems - tachyphylaxis - the effects of the spray wear off quickly & rebound - when it wears off you are more stuffed then before you started. "cold turkey" works in 3 days. Topical nasal steroids and saline spray make "rehab" a lot easier. Good luck!

In brief: Medicine Nose

That's what rhinitis medicamentosa means.
Lots of opinions here; i like dr. Klein's the best. This addiction involves 2 problems - tachyphylaxis - the effects of the spray wear off quickly & rebound - when it wears off you are more stuffed then before you started. "cold turkey" works in 3 days. Topical nasal steroids and saline spray make "rehab" a lot easier. Good luck!
Dr. Steven Machtinger
Dr. Steven Machtinger
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Dr. Giana Nicoara
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

One can become addicted to afrin (oxymetazoline) and it will be very difficult to get off it.
Patients have had to take a very strong steroid(prednisone), to be able to get off the afrin (oxymetazoline). Noses of people with afrin (oxymetazoline) dependency look similar to noses of people who are Cocaine addicts.You should see a physician to get to the bottom of the problem.

In brief: Yes

One can become addicted to afrin (oxymetazoline) and it will be very difficult to get off it.
Patients have had to take a very strong steroid(prednisone), to be able to get off the afrin (oxymetazoline). Noses of people with afrin (oxymetazoline) dependency look similar to noses of people who are Cocaine addicts.You should see a physician to get to the bottom of the problem.
Dr. Giana Nicoara
Dr. Giana Nicoara
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Dr. Michael Klein
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Kinda

I love fancy silly sounding doctor terms, so try this one: rhinitis medicamentosa, the name for afrin (oxymetazoline) overuse.
Its not really addiction... Your nose begins to add more power to overcome the afrin (oxymetazoline) after 3 days. It takes more afrin (oxymetazoline) to stop the extra stuffiness, which makes it worse and so on. Ultimately you have to stop the afrin (oxymetazoline)" cold turkey" and suffer a few weeks of a stuffy nose to get off it.

In brief: Kinda

I love fancy silly sounding doctor terms, so try this one: rhinitis medicamentosa, the name for afrin (oxymetazoline) overuse.
Its not really addiction... Your nose begins to add more power to overcome the afrin (oxymetazoline) after 3 days. It takes more afrin (oxymetazoline) to stop the extra stuffiness, which makes it worse and so on. Ultimately you have to stop the afrin (oxymetazoline)" cold turkey" and suffer a few weeks of a stuffy nose to get off it.
Dr. Michael Klein
Dr. Michael Klein
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Dr. Vasu Brown
Wound care

In brief: No

No addiction but can have problem if using long term.

In brief: No

No addiction but can have problem if using long term.
Dr. Vasu Brown
Dr. Vasu Brown
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