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Old 10-01-2011, 10:58 AM   #1
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Afrin

Ok - I've read through some of the posts about Afrin addiction.

I remember helping a friend get off of it last year - but for the life of me, can't remember the combination that worked for him.

I remember the nurse telling me a combination of taking Mucinex and ________ would do the trick, but I can't remember the other ingredient.

It 'seems' to me that it was an anti-inflammatory, but don't quote me on this - and it was available OTC, so no prescription was necessary.

Or it 'could' have been an antihistimine - Lortadine? Just not 100% sure...

Does anyone have any idea what this might be?

I've racked my brain, and checked my notes, but can't seem to find out what it is!

Thanks in advance for any help!

 
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Re: Afrin

The most likely answer is Pseudoephedrine (Sudafed). It is an oral decongestant that will help reduce the rebound congestion caused by Afrin addiction and will allow someone to taper off of the Afrin.

 
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Re: Afrin

Nasalcrom (sp?) was designed to get people off Afrin. It worked for my sister.

 
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Re: Afrin

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The most likely answer is Pseudoephedrine (Sudafed). It is an oral decongestant that will help reduce the rebound congestion caused by Afrin addiction and will allow someone to taper off of the Afrin.
That is what I was thinking it was too, but just wasn't 100% sure.

And I read this also when taking both at the same time:

Although both Mucinex and Sudafed work to relieve sinus congestion, the two medications work in different ways. Mucinex works by loosening and thinning the mucus that is causing the congestion. Sudafed works by narrowing the blood vessels in the nasal passages.

So I agree with you that it must be Sudafed that the nurse told me about.

 
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