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Old 07-31-2020, 11:03 AM
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My mother turned me on to Afrin nasal spray when I was 12. I have been addicted ever since (over 45 years). A little over a month ago, a doctor gave me another nasal spray - some kind of anti-inflammatory. Can't remember name - something like Aleistavan. Not Flonase. Anyhow, it has broken my Afrin addiction. This new stuff does not have the "rebound effect" like Afrin. I use it once at night and once in morning. I am going to start skipping doses to get 100% clean. Also, this new spray tastes like crap. Quitting the Afrin has also cured the throat condition that I went to the doctor for in the first place.
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My dad was addicted for a few years. I remember it was hell for him to get off it
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Azelastine is a antihistamine. Afrin is good if used over couple of days. I ran into a problem with it a few years back too.
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I ended up having to have sinus surgery. I won't touch the stuff. Tell me what you're talking.
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Originally Posted by joe.giuliano View Post
Azelastine is a antihistamine. Afrin is good if used over couple of days. I ran into a problem with it a few years back too.
Yes, that is the name!
Afrn - when I needed it - I needed it NOW! I have driven 30 miles out of the way to get some before.
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Never heard of this...addiction to nose spray??
why??
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My mother was hooked for years.

Used to scream if she couldn’t find her “noonny”.

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I use it when I have a cold and can't breath to sleep, how do you get addicted to it? I don't even usually use it during the day if I have a cold.
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Originally Posted by t84a View Post
I ended up having to have sinus surgery. I won't touch the stuff. Tell me what you're talking.
I use it when sick but I'm scared of the stuff because of stories like this. Actually had a distant relative require extensive surgery due to overuse of the stuff over many years. It is absolutely addicting and should be used very sparingly. I look at it the way I look at opiates, would only take legit painkillers for a very short amount of time after a major surgery or other major pain event. Be very wary of it/them.
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My daughter's doctor put her on Dymista to break the Afrin habit. Dymista contains two medications, azelastine hydrochloride (an antihistamine) and fluticasone propionate (a steroid).

It didn't work for me
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Originally Posted by Lprizman View Post
Never heard of this...addiction to nose spray??
why??
Once you start using it, your nose drys out without it.
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Originally Posted by Lprizman View Post
Never heard of this...addiction to nose spray??
why??
Oh yeah, I had a friend years ago who was shoving that stuff in his nose all day long. He finally quit it but it was tough for him. His was over the counter and I don't know what he was using but to break it he switched to Saline solution for a while . It was tough for him.
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Hi. My name's Ryan and I'm a Afrin-aholoc.

Was so congested 10 years ago when I had a cold that I was willing to try anything. I had never tried it before. I now use it 4 or 5 times a day every day.

For those who are confused about the addiction: It's not addictive like a narcotic. No dopamine release or euphoria involved. After using it for a while you suffer from "rebound". I can't explain it other than it feels like your nose snapped shut. It comes on suddenly and your nasal passages are 100% closed down. Mouth breathing only. I have no idea what triggers it. I have always assumed I'm allergic to something but it can happen anywhere. A shot of Afrin in each side opens you up within a minute - until the next time a few hours later.

I keep a bottle at home, one in my truck, and one in my office. I've gone out at midnight to find an all night pharmacy because I ran out. I wish I had never tried it.
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It opens up the airways in the nose.
the only time I can breath normally thru my nose is when I use it.

1st shot of it will last 12 hours or so, but using day after day I would be lucky to get 6 hours before the passages plugged off even worse that before I started using it.
40 years ago a Ear/nose/throat Dr said he did not see how I could breath with all of that blockage.
said he could clear it out for me, but it would grow right back. so I lived with it

I use it when sick with a cold but get back off it after a few days.
also take a hit before teeth cleaning so I can breath while they are working in my mouth

my dad was addicted to it for many years
it was hard getting my sisters and Mom to stop buying him bottles he hid everywhere.
developed polops .
he was hospitalized when a Dr tried to remove one in his office while he was on blood thinners
could not stop the bleeding
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Every night off brand though not afrin
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Sudafed pills over a few days or weeks will get you free from the nose spray claw.
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It's not a true addiction in that the central nervous system is not involved at all, but your nose does become dependent on vasoconstrictors like Afrin. What happens is that the oxymetazoline (the active Afrin ingredient) causes the blood vessels in your nose to constrict. This reduces swelling in the nasal mucosa and the nasal congestion improves, but only temporarily. The vessels re-expand and the congestion returns. With repeated use the rebound effects actually become worse than the original symptoms. This can occur with only a few days of repeated use. The medical term for this condition is rhinitis medicamentosa. Cold turkey is the cure, but it takes a few days for things to sey=ttle down. Nasal steroids and or antihistamines can offer some relief while the body readjusts. Singulair, a prescription medication, may also help. Used for only a day or two Afrin spray can offer significant relief for nasal congestion; but longer term use will almost inevitably lead t long term problems.
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I have been addicted multiple times. Prednisone will get you off in a week without problems. I suggest that your doctor look into reasons why, such as narrow nasal passages.


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I was addicted to afrin after every head cold. Somettimes it would be weeks/months and I would end up going cold turkey. Couple of weeks and the cycle started again.

10 years clean !
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Sinus rinse always everyday

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