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Old 02-02-2018, 06:44 PM
 
Location: The Grand Canyon State
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I have been a addict of over the counter nasal sprays over the years on and off in the last 6 months I got hooked back on after the terrible flu that going around. This time I have a reaction from it where my blood pressure instead of being around 120-130 over 72 I'm averaging 180 over 92. I didn't even know until I went to the doctor he noticed it and again at home I took it myself I knew only 6 months ago I didn't have this issue. I'm working with my doctor to get rid of the nasal spray just wanted to pass it along if you using it like I was check your BP make sure it isn't a factor.
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Old 02-04-2018, 12:10 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ and Redwood City, CA
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I've been told by multiple clinicians to never use Afrin for more than two days. Apparently there's a rebound effect.

Was there some reason you didn't want to use prescription nasal sprays?
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Old 02-04-2018, 06:54 AM
 
Location: The Grand Canyon State
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I've been told by multiple clinicians to never use Afrin for more than two days. Apparently there's a rebound effect.

Was there some reason you didn't want to use prescription nasal sprays?
Lot easier and cheaper to just buy over the counter for one thing and you get instant relief which you don't get from the other. I know all about the rebound you just keep taking more when it rebounds I was up to about 4-5 times a day with the 12 hour stuff which your only suppose to take 2 times a day.

I had started back with it because I have to sleep with a CPAP due to severe sleep apnea I need a clear nose or I don't sleep when I got the flu I wasn't getting any sleep can't fight the flu without sleep I had to use the Afrin it worked got me hooked on it again.

My wife has been using it for 20 years she tried the prescription stuff she said didn't work fast enough for her.

My doctor put me on prednisone for 7 days other stuff seems to be working he had me taper off we mixed afrin with saline each day I get less and less more saline to taper off.
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Old 02-04-2018, 06:58 AM
 
Location: Florida & Cebu, Philippines
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Thank you for the warning, in the past when using Afrin, I only used it for a day or two and then stop for days. So far Sinex used occasionally has not raised my bp too high but it does raise it, which I guess is a toss up since I sleep better and feel better when able to breath better and sleep better at night.
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Old 02-04-2018, 12:05 PM
 
Location: SW Florida
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I've been told by multiple clinicians to never use Afrin for more than two days. Apparently there's a rebound effect.

Was there some reason you didn't want to use prescription nasal sprays?
There IS a rebound effect. Afrin works well to clear out the sinuses the first few times you use it, then it becomes less effective, and you find yourself using it more often to try and clear out those stuffed sinuses that keep coming back. At least that was my experience with it when I tried it. I suppose you could just use it one time once in a while when things are really bad, to avoid the rebound effect, but I'm also in that boat where I'd have to watch the blood pressure (and arrythmia)effects, so I never use it at all these daysl Too bad, because otherwise it's good stuff.
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Old 02-09-2018, 09:30 PM
 
Location: The Grand Canyon State
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Doctor put me on flonase and Azelastine HCI which is prescription flonase is now over the counter I use that once a day and Azelastine HCI 4 times a day. I find the Azelastine HCI works best if I use it on a schedule before I get stuffed up. If I wait till I'm stuffed up then It takes up to 30 minutes to clear it and doesn't clear it completely. Where the Afrin would completely clear it with in a few minutes.
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