Q. I read your article about the man who always gets a runny nose when he eats. I too suffered from this problem for many years. I finally saw an ear, nose and throat specialist who prescribed ipratropium nasal spray. I can guarantee you that this works.
I even eat hot Mexican food and my nose does not run any more. Before using this spray, every bite of food I ate made my nose start running. I would eat a bite and wipe my nose, eat another bite and wipe my nose again.

A. Ipratropium (Atrovent Nasal Spray) is considered the drug of choice for “gustatory rhinitis,” the medical terminology for your condition. Side effects of this medication may include nosebleeds, nasal dryness, dry mouth, sore throat, changes in taste and headache.

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  1. FF
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    Oh Boy. For me, it was specific foods that set it off. But it would start a few hours after eating and run like water for days. I would also get chills, sneezing, fever. It was debilitating and humiliating.

  2. GSA
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    Prescription. I’m not aware of an OTC version.

  3. jr
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    Is this a prescription drug or can it be purchased over the counter?
    PRESCRIPTION

  4. GSA
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    I’ve had this condition for many years – even thinking of food could cause it. Atrovent is the only treatment that works. I used it daily for several years, but needed to keep increasing the dosage for it to work. Slight nose bleeds were the only side effects, but I don’t like being dependent on these things indefinitely so now I only use it before going out to eat. Lower dose, good results, no side effects, and probably low risk. Oh, and lower cost!

  5. GJ
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    My husband had this same runny nose for many, many years and no doctor could ever recommend anything for it. We bought this Ipratropium nasal spray and it immediately stopped. It worked like a miracle for him. The only bad thing was that he passed away soon after we got it. We waited for 50 years for this remedy.

  6. DA
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    Agree with the comment above, side effects are a lot worst than the running nose.

  7. jgc
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    I too have the runny nose when I eat so was interested to read the info. After reading the side effects of the nasal spray, why would one trade a little nuisance for any of those side effects? I was hoping to hear about some natural way of coping.

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