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Flonase Nasal Spray Can Help with Nose Spray Addiction

Short term, Flonase helped a reader overcome nasal spray addiction.

Q. I have been using Afrin Nasal Decongestant Spray for two decades. My mom started me on it when I was a kid with bad allergies and then I couldn’t stop. I hated that nose spray addiction.

I finally got off Afrin by using Flonase and diluting the last bottle of Afrin with saline. It took about a week, and though I am still a little stuffy, I am so glad to be off the decongestant. I just thought others might benefit from my experience.

A. Thank you for sharing your success. Flonase is a corticosteroid nasal spray (fluticasone) that has recently become available over the counter. It can be helpful during the process of weaning off a nose spray addiction. It is also useful in controlling nasal allergy symptoms.

Side Effects

Side effects of Flonase may include headache, nosebleeds, nausea, cough and oral yeast infections. With long-term use, some people become more susceptible to cataracts or glaucoma.

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Joe Graedon is a pharmacologist who has dedicated his career to making drug information understandable to consumers. His best-selling book, The People’s Pharmacy, was published in 1976 and led to a syndicated newspaper column, syndicated public radio show and web site. In 2006, Long Island University awarded him an honorary doctorate as “one of the country's leading drug experts for the consumer.” .
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Forgot to add that this was the OTC nasal spray.

I had a terrible reaction to Flonase that made me so ill with vomiting, calves so stiff I could barely walk, temple tenderness to the point I could not wear glasses or even touch them, massive headache even though I barely get headaches. Thought I would never get better. Almost a week later I still don’t feel like myself. I have never been this sick.

Having said that, my son uses it with no side effects whatsoever. Went to a site called and found many people who had the same experience as me. Just beware in case you may be sensitive to the ingredients which contain a steroid.

Always had a stuffy nose sons in my early 50’s developed nightly sinus attacks but found no relationship to food or drink. Doctor prescribed prescription flonase for daily use for 9 months. Worked great. Even was fine when treatment stopped. I now have an open prescription to use for various flareups. I only reach for it 3 to 6 days a month. Very satisfied!

I have the same problem, having to use the C-pap machine to keep my sinuses open and get a good night sleep . I hate the machine, it is uncomfortable and very hot in the summer. I tried all the different mask available, full nose mask, little nose mask, and finally the nose pillow, which seem to work best for me.

I have had a stuffed up nose for years now, but my doctor does not know why. Her solution is to prescribe nose spray and allergy pills.

I have sleep apnea. I was prescribed a C-PAP machine three years ago. I struggled trying to use it. There are several mask choices and each has its drawback(s). And I would often awake with the mask on the floor.

I was also addicted to, first, Neosynephrine, then Afrin. I only had a sinus congestion problem when I tilted my head or lay down. I decided my only hope was to use the C-PAP machine to keep my sinuses open at night without spray.

For the first few weeks, I lightly sprayed my nose, then quit doing that. The machine worked great, and I use it all the time now. The only drawback to my method: You need a C-PAP machine.

Afrin is great when used only for occasional stuffiness. I never spray it in both nostrils; I alternate. Even with the worst cold, breathing through one clear nostril is fine. If you alternate nostrils you don’t have to worry about rebound congestion.

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