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    Old 05-18-2002, 04:00 AM   #1
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    I went to a doctor because I have been addicted to Nasal Spray for the past 4 years. She put me on FLONASE. Anyone know how long before I'm better again?

     
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    Old 05-18-2002, 06:50 AM   #2
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    Make sure your taking in enough water to help your problem along faster.
    Don't know how long the med. takes it's diff. for everyone.
    Best wishes. Diana

     
    Old 05-18-2002, 12:36 PM   #3
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    Hi,
    I was addicted to nasal spray for something obnoxious like 10yrs. I finally got sick of it and used flonase to ween me off. It took maybe only 3 weeks, but I do remember those being a tough 3 weeks because I wanted oh so badly to be able to breath fully through my nose. I am actually sad to say that in the past week I started using nasal spray...ugh. Flonase does help, but it's not the same clear nasal path that the nasal spray gives. I was off nasal spray for over a good year and must do it again. Good luck

     
    Old 05-18-2002, 12:57 PM   #4
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    If you can, try to discipline yourself to use saline spray every 30 minutes or every hour. Though it will not unstop you, it will help to get over that dry feeling and will actually make you less miserable. Also, if you start using it alot before you actually get stopped up, it will help to keep your sinuses wet and whatever is in them will have a better chance of moving on along. I didn't believe this, either, but after a week or so of constant use, I started to see a difference. You still need your flonase, but you also need something natural like saline. It is going to be a hard ride for you, but it will be soooo worth the effort to get off the stuff. I see a good friend of mine who is also addicted to it and it really scares me. There are times when decongestants won't help to unstop me and I am so tempted to hit the spray myself. If I get desperate, instead of using the full dosage amount, I use just a half a squirt in each nostril and wait to use it again only if I HAVE to.Oh yeah, the best saline I have found is NATRU-VENT. It comes in a pump-type bottle where you will be less likely to pull anything from your nose back into the bottle. It is much more sanitary than the others. Also, it has no preservative, unlike the others, which can possibility cause other problems.. God bless you and I hope this helps...LisaL

     
    Old 06-26-2005, 10:14 PM   #5
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    Awhile back, I concluded that I have the worst nose ever created! From reading these postings I'm not so sure now!

    I too am a nasal spray junkie. I've had nasal problems since I was born and have never been able to keep my nasal passages open. I've been tested for allergies, tried every drug known to man, and have had surgery three times. I get sinus infections like it's my job and would really like to find some relief!

    After my third surgery my doctor told me never to use nasal spray again. I was true to that for about 6 months. Now, I'm clogged beyond belief and searching for some way to get off the stuff. I've been rinsing my sinuses with saline like a mad man with no success. I'm hopefully going to get an allergy skin test soon to find out if I am allergic to something I am unaware of.

    Okay, to the advice part - if you're like me and live in Ohio, MOVE OUT WEST. I moved from Cincinnati, OH to Los Angeles, CA which was the best thing EVER for my nose. I lived there for about a year and a half with no problems. I went back to Cincy to visit last Thanksgiving (11/04) and went back to LA with a nose full of congestion. I used nasal spray from the time I got back to LA until I decided to move back to Cincy (12/04) over Xmas time. It was so bad that I had my third surgery (12/04) which entailed sticking a laser up my nose and burning away the inflamed tissue: the procedure sucked big time but I was able to breathe freely up until about a month ago.

    So, my advice is to perhaps consider the third procedure I had - turbinate reduction via laser. It's not the most pleasant procedure to have done (they keep you awake) but I've had it done twice now so I'm a pro I guess. If you decide to do it that should clear you up so you can stay off the nose spray. Also, if you haven't been tested for allergies, GET TESTED. I had a blood test years ago that said I was allergic to leaves, grass, nature, etc. I have never had the skin test which I am going to do hopefully this week. I hope that is the key to unraveling the mystery that is my nose.

    I also recommend getting a prescription for oral steroids. Steroids, combined with an antibiotic, have worked for me in the past. If you don't have an infection then the use of the steroids or a steroid nose spray alone may do the trick. Right now, I'm on day 1 of no nose spray and have been rinsing my sinuses with saline every hour or so. Sleep is out of the question but at least I am off work tomorrow.

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    Old 06-26-2005, 10:49 PM   #6
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    Re: Addicted to NASAL SPRAY

    Many years ago I had a bad cold and decided to try Otrivin. I loved the stuff and did not heed the warning written on the label about rebound congestion. Well, that cold never went away.

    I finally went to the doctor after someone asked me why whenever they saw me, I was holding kleenex. He knew what it was but sent me for allergy tests and whatnot, to be sure. Turns out his initial thought was correct - I developed vasomotor rhinitis, brought on by overuse of decongestant nasal spray.

    At one point in my life when I couldn't stand it anymore, he prescribed me prednisone which I stupidly thought was a cure. He told me there was no cure for this and told me the only thing I could do would be to move west, that the climate would help.

    I refused to believe him and asked to see a specialist. The specialist was a surgeon who wanted to create scar tissue in my nasal cavity, and he claimed it would help. I was ecstatic, ran to my doctor and told him of my impending surgery. My doctor told me I was wasting my time and that I would be sorry. I told him there HAD to be a cure. Well the first surgery did nothing and the second surgery did nothing but alter the shape of my nose in a negative way. My doctor was right.

    It's now 18 years later and I still have vasomotor rhinitis, and I never once used an OTC nasal spray again in all this time. Oral decongestants work better anyway - pseudoephenedrine is my best friend! I take them only on special occassions though - they are expensive and I don't want any side effects. Eltor 120 is a good one, also I really like the new Liberator by Claritin. Other than that I use Secaris Gel, which is a topical decongestant that is non addicting and has no side effects.

    I always thought no-one elses nose was worse than mine either. I feel bad for you all and certainly understand your suffering.

     
    Old 06-28-2005, 04:04 AM   #7
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    Man, I really know where everyone is coming from on this one, and feel sorry for anyone who has to deal with it. People who don't have congestion or allergies are SO lucky. My sister and I both have terrible hayfever and my brother is completely allergy free. Not fair!!!

    I spent at least 5 years addicted to OTC nasal spray, mostly 4 Way and Afrin. The cure is worse than the disease. The rebound effect takes hold and won't let go. I got to the point to where I used them every few hours, no matter what, just to be able to breathe. And that was year round, and I claimed to only suffer from seasonal allergies.

    One day, I just decided that enough was enough. I stopped, cold turkey. My wife was out of town on a business trip, and I had a few days off, and I decided it was then or never. The best thing I can say is get off it now. It was 4 days of nothing but pure hell, but after that things started to get better. Once you stop, don't ever use it again. I have fallen off the wagon a couple of times, and it's almost as hard to get over the rebound effect after two days usage as it was 5 years. Might have something to do with permanent damage done to the nasal passages.

    I haven't had any surgeries or assessment of the damage done to my nasal passages. Now that I have read a lot on this board I might. I live in Wyoming and love to fish and hike and be in the mountains so having allergies and not being able to breathe is tough. I am now taking prescription allergy medication and OTC degongestants. Sudafed and Eltor 120 work well. But the lesson is, get off OTC nasal spray NOW!

     
    Old 06-28-2005, 05:18 AM   #8
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    Re: Addicted to NASAL SPRAY

    My sister was addicted to Afrin a number of years ago. Her doctor finally got thru to her about the rebound effect. She used Nasalcrom to do it...I believe she said that it was invented to get people off OTC nasal sprays. And I second the saline use! Good luck.

     
    Old 06-29-2005, 07:02 AM   #9
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    Hello! I am new to this site (as of today) and am amazed at the number of postings of several situations that i feel apply to me. I have been suffering with ongoing illness for the last 10 months ~ i was the person that would go to a dr once a year, kicking and screaming, for a physical because i never was sick. In 10 months i have been diagnosed with pnemonia, asthma, COPD, and allergies. I have been hospitalized (for 2-3 days at a time) 4 times, and numerous trips to emergency. My dr (i found a new dr in Ontario ~ Yay!!) and I are almost like best friends, i've been to see him so often in the last while. I have had constant congestion since last August/04, and the only time it seems that i can breathe through my nose is when i am on prednizone, which i've been on 4 times this year already. I have tried the flonase and found it did work, and do use the saline spray as well regularly. The last visit to the dr i was told i had a severe ear infection and was given Biaxin XL. Infection cleared up, but now my hearing has been extremely muffled ~ i am constantly asking people to repeat themselves, need the television turned up full, can't hear the telephone ring. It's very frustrating. Yesterday i went to do groceries and was very nervous driving! I am taking oil of oregano (2-3 drops twice daily) and i have just started taking colloidal silver (1 tsp daily x 14 days). I really hope something works. I am getting so sick of being sick!!! I also don't want to be taking a lot of conventional drugs ~ i feel i have had too many prescriptions over the last little while. For my asthma i am taking Advair500 diskus 2 puffs 2x daily, and ventolin as required, which has been quite frequent these last few days here!! I would appreciate any feedback at all. Thank you!

     
    Old 06-29-2005, 08:36 AM   #10
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    Hello all again - I posted earlier that I too am a nasal spray junkie. Well, I have been clean for 3 days now - breathing free as a bird. So, I want to pass along what has been working for me so hopefully it will help others.

    I got a prescription for Methylprednisolone tablets (oral steroids step-down pack). You take 6 the first day, 5 the next, 4 after, etc. I also am now on Allegra-D and a nose spray called Astelin. I thought I was going to have suffer going cold turkey on the OTC spray and be miserable for days - but, literally the night I started the steroid pack (and had been using OTC spray even that day) my nose starting clearing up in a few hours! I went to bed that night OTC spray free and I couldn't be happier.

    More good news - the steroid pack without insurance is only $15.99!!! I got the Allegra-D and Astelin for free from my doctor as samples. I don't know how much those normally cost but my doctor achieved Saint level when he gave me two bags worth of samples to take home.

    My suggestion is to get the steroid pack and stop taking an OTC spray. The steroid pack is powerful and should shrink the swelling that the OTC spray has caused. I have allergies so I'm hoping the Allegra-D and the Astelin will help prevent me from getting so clogged to begin with. Hopefully this will help anyone in a similar situation. As Arlo Gunthrie said:

    "And if you find yourself in a similar situation there's only one thing you can do: walk right into the shrink's office wherever you are and say, 'Shrink: you can get anything you want at Alice's Restaurant,' and walk out."

     
    Old 06-29-2005, 08:36 AM   #11
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    Hello all again - I posted earlier that I too am a nasal spray junkie. Well, I have been clean for 3 days now - breathing free as a bird. So, I want to pass along what has been working for me so hopefully it will help others.

    I got a prescription for Methylprednisolone tablets (oral steroids step-down pack). You take 6 the first day, 5 the next, 4 after, etc. I also am now on Allegra-D and a nose spray called Astelin. I thought I was going to have suffer going cold turkey on the OTC spray and be miserable for days - but, literally the night I started the steroid pack (and had been using OTC spray even that day) my nose starting clearing up in a few hours! I went to bed that night OTC spray free and I couldn't be happier.

    More good news - the steroid pack without insurance is only $15.99!!! I got the Allegra-D and Astelin for free from my doctor as samples. I don't know how much those normally cost but my doctor achieved Saint level when he gave me two bags worth of samples to take home.

    My suggestion is to get the steroid pack and stop taking an OTC spray. The steroid pack is powerful and should shrink the swelling that the OTC spray has caused. I have allergies so I'm hoping the Allegra-D and the Astelin will help prevent me from getting so clogged to begin with. Hopefully this will help anyone in a similar situation. As Arlo Gunthrie said:

    "And if you find yourself in a similar situation there's only one thing you can do: walk right into the shrink's office wherever you are and say, 'Shrink: you can get anything you want at Alice's Restaurant,' and walk out."

     
    Old 07-14-2005, 10:03 PM   #12
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    I thought I was the only one! Three months ago I started using Afrin every 2-3 hours, not paying attention to the directions on the label. I finally went to the doctor today because it was no longer working and I couldnt breathe through my nose. I got started with nasonex spray for the swelling, and zithromax for the sinus infection I have. I hope it works....tonight is the first night off Afrin....

     
    Old 07-15-2005, 10:17 AM   #13
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    good luck, hun. i know how miserable it is too. as soon as i stop afrin i feel like hell. my ent said my nose looked great, yesterday HAHHAHAHA; i seriously wanted to ask if he's been on drugs b/c i cant breathe.

     
    Old 07-15-2005, 10:33 AM   #14
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    I found this info and it was a godsend for me: you can order a "kit" to do this (for about 50 bucks yikes!! ) but I was able to duplicate the results for free by using the kit's philosophy.

    You simply dilute your nasal spray with water, and gradually increase the water ratios to the nasal spray. I didnt get too technical with it. First week, 1 part water 3 parts nasal spray, 2nd week, 2 parts water 2 parts spray, and so on and so forth. I found I could go longer and longer without needing a spray (dramatically decreased the rebound effect) and I wasnt sneezing horribly any more. The more water added, the less severe side-effects, until I wasnt rebouding at all anymore.

    This got me off the spray without the rebounding and it was a miracle for me! I only wish everyone knew about this. Please try it. It works, without driving you crazy in the process of getting off the spray. I've done cold-turkey and the water method, and I would pick the water method any day. I hope this helps someone. It is a freaking miracle!!!!

     
    Old 07-15-2005, 11:19 AM   #15
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    Another way to wean yourself off of it is to keep using it in one nostril, while you're other nostril recovers. Then when you can breathe freely on one side, you can stop using it all together. This takes longer, but at least you will always be able to breathe out of one side of your nose, and it makes it more bearable.

     
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