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L1C4
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could I become addicted to nasal sprays
Allergies have really been kicking my arse the last few weeks.
I've been using otc nasal decongestants several times a day.

Seems like I have to use them more often before they work.


BCMCubs
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re: could I become addicted to nasal sprays
My gramps was hooked on some Dristan nasal spray back in the day


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BeachDude022
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re: could I become addicted to nasal sprays
I’ve been addicted to Afrin. Easy to do


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Scooby
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re: could I become addicted to nasal sprays
Yes you can become dependent on afrin or Sudafed if you use it more than 5 days in a row.

Just switch to Flonase or Nasonex if it's allergies. You won't get addicted.
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Poule Deau Gravy
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re: could I become addicted to nasal sprays
I used it daily for months after I moved to a new area and chalked it up to allergies, but it was the afrin's rebound congestion after a certain point. I cut it out cold turkey, and it took about 10 days to feel like I could breath again. You definitely should try and shake that habit!


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boxcarbarney
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re: could I become addicted to nasal sprays
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could I become addicted to nasal sprays


Absolutely. Nasal allergies suck, but those medicated sprays can become worse. Here's what I do: use simply saline instead of Afrin. Get Flonase for the really bad seasons.

Using saline instead of a medicated nose spray will help keep those nasal passages clear without the side effects.


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Hu_Flung_Pu
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re: could I become addicted to nasal sprays
Not supposed to use Afrin more than 5 days or so. It actually becomes counter-effective. You get rhinitis medicamentosa.


CoachChappy
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re: could I become addicted to nasal sprays
Affrin allergy works so well for me. I try not to use it more than the recommended 3 days in a row.


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Shepherd88
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re: could I become addicted to nasal sprays
Yes I’ve known a couple folks to get a deviated septum from using too much Afrin.


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theOG
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re: could I become addicted to nasal sprays
Yes, my brother is a crack head with his Afrin.


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re: could I become addicted to nasal sprays
switch to saline nasal sprays and you will be ok.


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225Tyga
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re: could I become addicted to nasal sprays
Yes you can be. If used regularly your body will adjust to it and cause you to be dependent on it.


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Whodattigah
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re: could I become addicted to nasal sprays
I've recently started using Seagate Olive Leaf nasal spray. It's worked really well.


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TigerChief10
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re: could I become addicted to nasal sprays
I got addicted to one but it was some spray with fentanyl inside I got from a buddy. He's dead now though


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Zappas Stache
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re: could I become addicted to nasal sprays
Eat local honey everyday. I out it on my toast. My allergies are much better.


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offshoretiger
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Member since Dec 2009
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re: could I become addicted to nasal sprays
Sinex 2 to 3 times a day for over 35 years now. It sucks arse
This post was edited on 9/8 at 8:02 pm


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Capo Losi
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Baton Rouge
Member since Sep 2016
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re: could I become addicted to nasal sprays
I had a problem getting sick every fall because of allergies. I started using Flonase last year during the fall and it went great. Just started back up.

I didnt have any issues quitting once December rolled around.


whoisnickdoobs
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re: could I become addicted to nasal sprays
absolutely. My uncle was addicted to afrin. I'd advise you to stop immediately.


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OysterPoBoy
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re: could I become addicted to nasal sprays
Flonase isn’t addicting.


mallardhank
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Atlanta
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re: could I become addicted to nasal sprays
Using otc to long and they will eliminate your sense of smell. Use only saline


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