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Posted by Misty on August 02, 2000 at 01:39:21:

In Reply to: Re: Afrin Nasal Spray posted by Martin on July 19, 2000 at 22:54:05:

: : I have been using afrin for about 8 years. If i dont use afrin my nose will stuff up so i cant even breathe from it. Ive tried to stop but a night when i cant even breathe through my nose at all i feel like im having anxiety or something, and can not even get to sleep, its very hard to breathe out of your mouth all night. Can anybody help... Thanks

: Hi there...
: Back in the early 70's I used Afrin quite heavily (3 - 4 times a day) for a couple of years as I lived in a sub-tropical area and found difficulty in breathing without it, otherwise my nose would block solid. After about a year I started getting 'visual migraines' where I would lose the vision from one eye completely for a period of 3-4minutes -
: very scary when driving or flying as I was at the time! My doctors could only think it was related to the Afrin spray as I wasn't taking any other medication at the time, and advised me to stay off it, which I did. It took about 4 weeks before I could breathe normally without it, but it is possible. One becomes habituated to the decongestant effect
: and it just takes time to wean the body (and the mind) off it. Gradually, over a period of about 4years the migraines became less frequent and finally stopped in 1976. Or so I thought! In 1997 I visited the US and my wife bought some Afrin for a stuffed-up nose, though she didn't use much. Last year,however, I got a head-cold which went
: into sinusitis and I thought I'd give the Afrin a try, thinking that an odd dose wouldn't do me any harm. Four months later I started with the visual migraines again, though a bit different this time. Instead of losing vision in one eye, I now have brilliant shimmering lights and areas of scintillating colour that start in the centre of the visual field and
: gradually expant to the periphery, finally disappearing after about 40minutes. I had a cluster of these in Nov/Dec last year, then another cluster in March/April. Naturally I cannot definitely link these episodes with Afrin due to the time between using it and the onset of the disturbances, but for 23years of zero usage I had no problem, only after
: using the stuff. Interested to see if anyone else has had similar experiences.

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