Afrin (Nasal)

Questions | Reviews ***~

How long after 3 day course of Afrin can I use again?

I understand that when you use Afrin nasal spray, that you are only suppose to use it for 3 days in a row to prevent rebound or addiction.  My question is - After doing a 3 day course of Afrin (according to directions), how many days in-between s...
by Dawn, 04/08/2008

How to stop the use of afrin nose spray?

I have been using afrin for several years or at least about 10 years and I want to stop using it because i have realized that this is not normal. I have noticed that I have had every last one of the symptoms that you show in your long term side effect...
by alicia in shreveport, louisiana, 03/02/2007

Can a 5 year old use afrin in a lower dosage or one spray

I have a 5 year old that is congested due to a possible cold that just started this morning. She is not able to breath through her notrils at all. She has been sneezing alot too. Can I give her one spray instead of two of Afrin to help her sleep or ju...
by Lori in corpus christi,Texas, 04/12/2008

Use of afrin nose spray

 I have been told by my primary doctor that spraying afrin nose spray before an air flight can help prevent ear pain and nose congestion.  Is this true?  I also have ringing in my ears and always have problems with my ears whe...
by T. Frank in Miami, Florida, 07/03/2007

afrin frequency of use

I have been instructed by my dr. not to use afrin longer than 3 days. If congestion continues, how frequently may I repeat the 3 day use cycle?
by don white in wichita,ks, 10/21/2006

Afrin (Nasal) Drug and Prescription Information

Afrin (Nasal)

Afrin (Nasal) Medication Classification

OXYMETAZOLINE (Into the nose)

Afrin (Nasal) Brandname

Afrin, Nasin, Afrin Extra Moisturizing, Afrin Sinus, Afrin w/Menthol, Duramist Plus, Duration, 4-Way Long Lasting, Genasal, NRS-Nasal Relief, Nasacon, Neo-Synephrine 12 Hour, Sinarest Nasal, Vicks Sinex 12 Hour, Nostrilla

Afrin (Nasal) is used for the Treatment

Oxymetazoline (ox-i-met-AZ-oh-leen) Treats stuffy nose due to colds, hay fever, allergies, sinus and upper respiratory tract infections.Belongs to a class of drugs called nasal decongestants.

When To Not Use Afrin (Nasal)

You should not use this medicine if you have ever had an allergic reaction to oxymetazoline or to other nasal decongestants. You should not use oxymetazoline if you have narrow-angle glaucoma. Check with your doctor before using oxymetazoline if you have heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, overactive thyroid, or an enlarged prostate.

How Should You Use Afrin (Nasal)

Spray, Drop

  • Your doctor will tell you how much medicine to take and how often. You should not use more often or in larger amounts than your doctor has ordered. Always follow the instructions on the medicine label if your doctor did not order the medicine.
  • Blow your nose gently before using the nose drops. Tilt your head back while standing or sitting and squeeze drops into each nostril. Keep your head tilted back for a few minutes afterward.
  • Rinse the dropper with hot water and dry with a clean tissue.
  • Blow your nose gently before using the nasal spray. With you head upright, spray the medicine once into each nostril, sniffing while squeezing the bottle quickly and firmly. Wait 3 to 5 minutes to allow the drug to work, then blow your nose gently again. Repeat until you have used the number of sprays your doctor ordered.
  • Rinse the tip of the nasal spray with hot water and dry with a clean tissue.
  • If a dose is missed:
  • Use the medicine as soon as you remember that you have missed your dose.
  • If it is nearly time for your next dose, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose.
  • You should not use two doses at the same time.

Proper Afrin (Nasal) Storage

Store Afrin (Nasal) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep Afrin (Nasal) and all medications out of the reach of children.

What To Avoid While Using Afrin (Nasal)

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

Afrin (Nasal) Warnings

  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your doctor before taking this medicine.
  • You should not use this medicine for more than 3 days unless you have talked to your doctor.

Afrin (Nasal) Side Effects

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Slow, pounding, or irregular heartbeat
  • Trouble breathing
  • Seizures (convulsions)
  • Tingling in the hands or feet
  • If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
  • Headache
  • Restlessness
  • Sneezing
  • Burning or stinging inside of the nose

Afrin (Nasal) Ratings

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Afrin (Nasal)

Effectiveness: ****

Ease of Use: ****

Overall Satisfaction: ***


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