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Old 12-08-2006, 08:49 AM   #1
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Hi everyone, I'm new here, in desperation, looking for help with nasal spray addiction. I told myself that this morning I was not going to use any but the congestion was soooo bad that I felt pressure building up in my ears every time I swallowed and my nose kept dripping that I finished all the kleenex in the house and a roll of toilet paper. I went and bought some saline solution and I'm going to use it immediatelyl after I use the reg. spray to try and dilute it a little. I found a web site that makes and sells something called sinus buster. It is made with Capsaicin. Has anyone tryed it? If it works I will spend the money. I can't take this too much longer, It seems I need to use more and more every day. Thanks for any advice. Onemonthquit

 
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Re: afrin addiction

Try Nasalchrom. IT was invented to get people off Afrin. It worked for my sister. Keep using the saline also! Good luck.

 
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Old 12-09-2006, 03:01 PM   #3
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Thanks for the suggestion, I bought the nasalchrom today, but I'm not sure when I should use the saline solution and when I should use the nasalchrom. Any ideas?

 
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Re: afrin addiction

I'd use the saline first to clear out any congestion. THen after blowing that out, use the nasalchrom....but check the package to see how often you're supposed to use it. I've never used it...just a rec from my sister.

 
Old 12-09-2006, 04:43 PM   #5
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ok, I'll do that tonight before bed, the nasalchrom I can use like every four hours or so, the saline solution I quess whenever. Thanks for your advice. I really have got to get over this rebound congestion. I just quit smoking a month ago, turn around and get myself addicted to nasal spray, good grief how ridiculous!

 
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Re: afrin addiction

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I just quit smoking a month ago, turn around and get myself addicted to nasal spray, good grief how ridiculous!
Congrats on the quitting smoking! And it's not ridiculous... I quit smoking 6 months ago and got addicted to Vicks Sinex! What is the connection between quitting smoking and using nasal decongestants I wonder?? I am weaning myself off the Vicks, I try only to use one spray a night in one nostril. It seems to be working, but maybe I'll look into the saline spray.

 
Old 12-09-2006, 08:33 PM   #7
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i have been off of afrin for 1 month now. i am 21 and i used it since middle school. the only way i was able to quit using was by going to see a allergy specialist. he perscribed prednisone and nasonex. the prednisone is a steroid that opens up the nasal passages and the nasonex heals the swollen nasal passages. i can say i havent even come close to needing afrin. you only take the prednisone for 5 days and the nasonex can be used forever, it is not harmful.

the best thing to do is see an alergist.

it is impossible to quit cold turkey so i would say this is the best and only way to go for kiking aftin.

 
Old 12-10-2006, 02:34 AM   #8
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I used the saline solution and then the nasalchrom last night and was pretty congested all night still, but not to the point that I felt like my eyes were going to pop out of my head. I think the nasalchrom will really help but...after I used it I noticed the expiration date, the bottle that I purchased yesterday expired in September!!!! I wonder if it would work better if it wasn't expired, I'm taking it back to the store an hopefully they will have some fresh in stock.

 
Old 01-25-2008, 04:13 PM   #9
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i have been off of afrin for 1 month now. i am 21 and i used it since middle school. the only way i was able to quit using was by going to see a allergy specialist. he perscribed prednisone and nasonex. the prednisone is a steroid that opens up the nasal passages and the nasonex heals the swollen nasal passages. i can say i havent even come close to needing afrin. you only take the prednisone for 5 days and the nasonex can be used forever, it is not harmful.

the best thing to do is see an alergist.

it is impossible to quit cold turkey so i would say this is the best and only way to go for kiking aftin.
What you did not tell us is if the nasonex causes the same side effect that Afrin caused, such as major or any swelling of sinus after the product wares off. I am not really looking to trade 52 bottles of Afrin each year for 52 bottles of Nasonex. Can you tell us more about it?

You say youve been off Afrin for 3 years now. Well do you still requier nasonex? Or do you have to use it much less than you used afrin?

I never had any nose problems my entire life. Only time I ever used afrin was after surfing, Till one time I got sick. Then I used it for an entire week and that was all it took to get me stuck on it for a year. See every time I try to quit my sinus swells up 5 times more than ever did. I can handle the entire day with a plugged nose.. But when you combine the added pressure of laying down with the side effect that causes swelling it is impossible and causes most people a panic attack mild or severe.

I just recently read about this product called "Sinus Buster" It is purly natural pepper oil, Burns a tiny bit and today Is my first day of it. It has not cleard me up. but then again nore did half a bottle of horse rattish... It does seem to releave some of the pressure and I can breathe a Tiny bit through one nostral. I assume that is due to my side effects the major swelling I have from quitting afrin.

I will keep people posted how the sinus buster works but I did call sinus buster and they sent me a free bottle just to try..

I wish everybody luck and I am curious to hear about people who found a way to get off afrin. But I want to know if the products that help them get off afrin cause swelling ect ect. I never had to use any nose product and Only ever did because all the salt water from surfing woudl glog me. But that one week was all it took.. So I am hoping to find something that will NOT cause swelling.. though I hesitate to trust anyone after I called afrin and they told me afrin does not have ANY side effects.. Then I read FACTS about the side effects caused by AFRIN!! So they lied to my face, Knowingly..


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Re: afrin addiction

Nasonex can be used for a long period of time without the rebound swelling that Afrin causes because it is a completely different type of medication. Afrin is a fast-acting topical decongestant that restricts the blood flow to swollen nasal passages, Nasonex is a prescription long-acting topical steroid spray that actually shrinks the inflammation with no rebound swelling.

The biggest challenge to getting off Afrin is the first week or so - when the rebound swelling is the worst and the Nasonex (or other steroid spray) hasn't kicked in yet (they take several days to have the maximum effect). That's why combining the steroid spray with oral prednisone for a few days usually works best - the oral prednisone knocks down the swelling immediately, gives the nasonex time to kick in and lets your nasal tissue get back to normal after the Afrin.

 
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Right on, Thanks for the advice, Seems like you really know from having the same thing happen to you.

Yesterday I did get the sinusbuster However it only seems to agitate my sinus and causes my nose to become more stuffy. It could very possibly be from the rebound effect of afrin.

Remember I started using afrin after surfing, Getting my face pounded with salt water. So perhaps the sinus buster would have worked for that and I could avoid afrin alltogether. But as for getting off afrin, In my case the sinus buster will not be the answer.

Last night I found a LOT of other forums With hundreds of people who have the same problem with afrin. Many had only used it ONE time and becmae addicted while others had used it ONE time and completely lost there sinse of smell. I also became aweare of a 2006 class action suite against the makers of the active ingredient that is found in afrin. Every Nasial spray company is involved and they settled with over 300 people paying over 12million.

They expressed that the payoff was not an admission to guilt but blah blah blah. I believe I know why they settled.. My girlfriend can not smell a damn thing right now and I am reading about countless others having the same exact problem. In spite of my calling Afrin and having them tell me that Afrin has NO side effects.

So in further research I found another lawsuite that is taking place right now. So for anybody who has lost smell or had a problem with Nasial Spray containing Oxymetazoline should research and get them selfs in contact with the ferm that is handling this situation.

The manufacturers are now knowingly selling this product. Knowing it hurts people, Knowing it causes people to buy 52 bottles a year. And if we simply complain online and do not really do something about it this will continue.

My thoughts on this matter is this. What motave do they have to fix the product? Well if they fix the problem than the customers will not be paying for 52 bottles a year but business will cut down to one or 2 bottles a year. This is very important because this is the reason they settle and not really do something about the problem..

The reason I know this is because I had a very good friend who started a business from 98% water. Now this business is world wide and makes about 5 million each year. If someone came to him with a problem and said hey, People are having to buy 52 bottles a year but they are complaining,, what do we do..

The answer would be "Anything to keep them buying 52 bottles a year" Of course that is the answer you would hear from a business ethics teacher.

Why would any business pay lab techs to fix a product that would for sure cause "LOSS of sales"?? Why?

In the same question I am basicly asking "Why would they fix Nasial Spray?" If they fix the problem than I along with thousands I have read about will go from buying 52 bottles a year to one or none.

When you realize that we mean little or nothing to a business, Other than how can we get this person to buy more.. That is the key to great business is to find a way to drive the consumer BACK to our product..

Are we really going to believe that the makers honistly do not think this has side effects?

With all that being said is there anybody else out there as mad as I am about being used? Taken advantage of? Is there anybody out there who wants to do something about it?

Well My advice is RESEARCH and locate the ferm that is handling the situation and join all the rest of the people who feel the same way.. And get use to breathing through your mouth for a while.. Because there is NO way to simply kick Afrin.. You will have no choice but to be completely stuffed up for about 2 or 3 days.

The people who say to plan staying home from work are right on the ball.. Because your going to sound plugged up, A little to much so to do business with anyone..

I did read many people who had gotten off afrin by using it in one side. I heard others say that was bogus and does not work because if you put it under your tungue itl clear your nose..

But I will add that I read a LOT of people who had used the one side theory and seems to work in some cases.

I am trying this and I think you have to be careful how much you shoot in that one side. You have to be sure it is not enough to clear both sides. IE Most people want afrin to work right now.. Well give it 5 minutes even if you did not notice the smell or taste when you shot it in..

I think a lot has to do with people unknowingly using to much.. So here is where I am at.. Yesterday I used one shot of afrin in my left side, My left side is normally more clear than my right anyway. Well my right side was completely plugged all day and all night long..

Now as I wake up the next day, I put one more squirt in my left side. Now my right side I can breathe through just a little but.. It could be because I put to much in my left and it cleard me all the way But then yesterday that did not happen, remember My right side was 100% blocked. So perhaps it is working like the people said.

What I had read was if you do it in one side.. Just enough to get you by and no more.. In a couple days the rebound effect on the other side will start to go away. Once you are clear on that other side you can quit using afrin and then the other side may rebound but you will have one side that is over the rebound. So you will at least be able to breath through that other side..

I will let you know how this goes.. But the most funny post I read was from a young boy who had to quit because his mom quit buying afrin. He said he got so bad he was cutting old bottles open to snort the rest out.. After that was gone he had to go cold turky.. Well his advice was "Get use to breathing through your mouth" Which I find Funny but true.. In the end Ill bet that becomes the ONLY advice that does the trick!!

Anyway I am glad I am not the only one as stated by the AFRIN company when I called them..

Aloha

 
Old 02-10-2008, 02:26 PM   #12
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I am FINALLY able to breathe after bring hooked on Sinex (Oxymetazoline HCL, the same drug as Afrin) for over a year, and I have my neighbor to thank. She recommended her Ear, Nose & Throat Specialist to me after coming to my door and seeing me miserably sick with my 4th sinus infection shortly after Christmas. The earliest I could get in to see him was February 4th, and I was practically giddy with excitement at the idea that I could finally BE FREE OF NOSE SPRAY!

I tried EVERYTHING to attempt to get off of Sinex by myself, and everything failed. The pressure in my head was too much due to the congestion, and I couldn't stand the feeling that my eardrums would burst, so I always gave in and restarted the nose spray. I went cold turkey. I ordered this stuff called Rhinostat to ween me off of Oxymetazoline HCL, but then couldn't get used to nose drops vs. nose spray, so it didn't work for me. (I thought it was a decent idea for a product, though, because it slowly tapers a person off the drug... and the company has both Oxymetazonline HCL and Phenylephrine HCL, depending on what one happens to be hooked on.)

For me, the only thing that worked was to go to a professional and seek treatment.

My new doctor was absolutely wonderful, and knew instantly how to fix my nose! (It was nice to know that I wasn't alone in my plight and that he has treated others who have gotten addicted to those sprays, too!!) He gave me an injection of a corticosteroid while I was there in his office to decrease the swelling in my nasal passages. Over the next 24-48 hours, the steriod worked wonders for me! I went cold turkey off the sprays beginning the night before my appointment with him, and haven't used one since. I was already feeling marginally better by the time I went to bed on the 4th, and each day has only improved more and more!

The corticosteriod injection will last for three weeks. He also started me on Nasonex, which is also a steriod. It reaches maximum effectiveness when the corticosteriod wears off. His suggestion was that I use Nasonex for about 3 months and then it is my choice to stay on it or go off of it, depending on whether or not I have bad allergies. I typically don't, so I might go off of it in early summer but will decide with my doc when I get there.

Since I had my 5th raging sinus infection when I saw him, I also went on an antibiotic.

I am happy to say that it is less than ONE WEEK into my treatment and I am Sinex-Free and Congestion-Free!! For the first time in a year and a half, I don't have to freak out if I leave the house without a bottle of Sinex! I stopped snoring at night (much to my husband's relief) and I'm sleeping so much better. I've been hyper as all get out because I can breathe for the first time in ages. I never thought this day would come!

The only weird thing that I've noticed is that my sense of smell is really "off". Everything smells sickeningly sweet. My friends all joked that change in sense of smell is the first sign of pregnancy, but I know 100% that I am not pregnant. I'm positive it is due to the prolonged nose spray use.

Does anyone know where I can read up on this "side effect" of prolonged nose spray use? Has anyone experienced it? Did your sense of smell eventually come back? Right now, I'm barely eating because I can't stand the way anything smells. Opening the pantry in the kitchen makes me want to vomit because the smell is so strong. My diet consists of Chocolate High Protein Boost shakes because they are the only things that don't make me gag, and my husband isn't too happy about the fact that I'm not too keen on cooking right now.

I'll probably post this question as a separate post, too.

As far getting off nose spray... Don't screw around, just see a doctor!! You will thank yourself for it later.

Happily Free of Sinex!
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Old 04-15-2008, 08:44 AM   #13
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I usually dont write on these boards but I went to these forums when I was needed help to get off Afrin. So in turn I want to help others. I was able to get off that horrible stuff by 1) diluting my Afrin nasal spray with Simply Saline. I was kind of congested for a day but not bad. Yes you may use the spray a bit but its diluted and your nose will begin to heal. 2) I went and got a prescription from my doctor for Flonase. Just let your doctor know whats going on and dont take no for an answer. Flonase is a steroid that you spray in your nose and its not addicting. So I then used that and the diluted spray. I cant believe that within a few days I was normal. I will never use that spray again. Just know that when you dilute your nasal spray that you will be a little congested and may use the spray alot. But know that in the long run it is working. Also I want everyone to know that if you just try and go cold turkey or try a method that does not include diluting the spray then be prepared to relapse. You just get so uncomfortable that you do what you usually do by grabbing for the nasal spray. Also, I think it depends on how long you have used Afrin that depends on how long your recovery is. Good luck and thanks to everyone for their posting. IT REALLY HELPED ME

 
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Hello everyone. My name is justin, and i have been addicted to severe congestion afrin for about 10 years. My father and my brother are alson addicted to it. My wife finally got me to go see an e,n,t. I found out that i have nasal polyps in both nostrils. and i have a deviated septum. It has been a week since i went to the doctor. She told me that i have to have surgery, but i need to get off of the afrin first. I couldn't do it. I use almost 3 bottles a week. Im not kidding. But, last night i ran out and didn't go buy any yet. She did put me on prednisone, and nasonex. I haven't noticed anything yet. I am miserable right now. I did go buy some breathe right strips. They help very very little. I guess that i will just have to wait and see if i can stay off of it. If anyone has any home remedies to help me, please let me know. I don't have another app. for like 2 1/2 weeks. Thanks

 
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Re: afrin addiction

When did you start the prednisone - at what dose?

Unfortunately, if you stayed on the Afrin while you were taking the prednisone you probably missed the benefit of the prednisone (it works within 24 hours but once you finish the course of prednisone the benefit is minimal).

If you're still on the prednisone just stay off the Afrin and let the prednisone/nasonex work.

Otherwise, keep using the Nasonex, try taking Sudafed 12 hour in the morning and at night - it will help with the rebound congestion from the Afrin but you'll probably be pretty miserable for a few more days.

You might also try using a SinusRinse bottle (available at CVS or Walgreen's) just follow the directions using the packets that come with it - the saline may help sooth the swollen nasal tissues.

 
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