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What is Afrin and its side effects?

Afrin is a nasal spray that is used to obtain temporary relief from nasal congestion caused from different conditions such as the common cold, sinusitis, hay fever and allergies. This medication also narrows the blood vessels around the nose and helps reduce swelling and congestion. Afrin is directly sprayed into the nose and can be obtained over-the-counter.

Some of the common side effects of this spray can include:
• Temporary burning
• Stinging
• Dryness in the nose
• Runny nose
• Sneezing

Serious side effects can include:
• Fast or slow heart rate
• Nausea
• Headache
• Dizziness
• Mood swings
• Tremors
• Sleeping issues
• Unusual sweating
• Weakness

Those who are using Afrin nasal spray may have many questions about its usage. Given below are some of the commonly asked questions that have been answered by Experts.

Is it safe to take Afrin twelve hours after using fluticasone propionate?

Afrin is a nasal spray and fluticasone propionate is a corticosteroid that is derived from fluticasone. There are no known interactions between these two medications and it will be safe to use Afrin twelve hours after using fluticasone propionate.

Does Afrin affect the bladder and prostate?

Some of the affects of Afrin on the bladder and prostate are given below:
• It can cause bladder retention
• It can aggravate prostate gland problems

How can burning caused by Afrin spray be controlled?

The burning sensation in the nose after using Afrin spray is caused because of the loss of electrolytes from the mucus membrane. The individual can use saline nose drops or spray to control the burning. The spray can be made by adding 1 tsp (teaspoon) of table salt to a pint of water.

Can the use of Afrin cause brittle bones?

The use of Afrin will not cause brittleness in a person’s bones. However, if the individual is using a steroid drug with Afrin like Flonase, it can be systematically absorbed in the body and cause brittleness in the bones.

How can a person stop using Afrin nasal spray?

The use of Afrin should not be stopped suddenly and should be slowly withdrawn with the help of a doctor. Some doctors may recommend stopping the use of the spray in one nostril at a time. That way at least one nostril will be opened up. After about a week, when the rebound swelling is gone, the spray can be stopped in the second nostril.

What is the alternative to Afrin to treat nasal congestion?

One can use saline nasal sprays and corticosteroid nasal sprays under doctor’s supervision as an alternative to Afrin for the treatment of congestion. In case of severe congestion, the individual may have to take oral steroids or undergo surgery to treat the problem.

Can Omnaris be used to treat Afrin addiction?

Omnaris taken by itself may not be very helpful in treating Afrin addiction. The individual may take Omnaris and prednisone together to get over the addiction. The Omnaris will start working after 10-14 days while the prednisone will take action immediately. Hence, the prednisone will give a boost to the treatment and Omnaris will continue the therapy once the affect of the prednisone is gone.

Afrin nasal spray, just like any other medication can have side effects and interactions with other drugs. Hence, it is important to know all the precautions that are needed and drugs that should be avoided. Individuals should inform their doctor beforehand if there are allergies to this spray or if someone experiences any side effects after using it. Not finding answers to questions can lead to confusion and wrong consumption. Individuals should speak to an Expert and get any questions that arise answered.

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