Addicted to Nasal Sprays. Any Alternatives?

I recently discovered Sudafed as a nasal decongestant and I can't get off it.

I used to have really bad sleeps and feel so restless. After discovering Sudafed, I've had the best sleeps ever.
Does anyone know an alternative that doesn't have a rebound effect?

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  • +1 vote

    Google rebound congestion. Sudafed and all available nasal decongestant sprays like otrivin contain the same or similar ingredients. The only way is to stop using them or taper off. If you require them in the future do 3 days on, 3 days off. Other OTC medications that help with congestion but aren't addictive are steroid sprays ie rhinocort, flixonase, nasonex. Alternatively, saline rinses/sprays might help and you can use them as much as you like. Antihistamines might help and aren't addictive. Try polaramine or phenergan as they'll also make you drowsy and help you sleep.

    If the taper off is too difficult, oral decongestants don't cause rebound congestion. Ask your pharmacist for some sudafed night tablets with pseudoephedrine and keep it on hand if you're having trouble tapering down. Don't get the OTC phenylephrine rubbish. Although the pseudoephedrine might make it hard to sleep, they have a sedative in them too. Seeing an ENT specialist might be worth considering if your sinus issues are bothering you too much.

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    I never need to use nasal spray during the day unless I actually have a cold etc. However if I don't use it going to bed I'm pretty much guaranteed to wake up with a blocked nose. I'm pretty sure its allergies and it has become more of an issue as I've got older. I spray once when going to bed and that's enough to keep it clear for the night.

    I don't seem to have the rebound issue as daytime is fine. I also had a cold a few weeks back so did use it during the day then. It was as effective as its always been until the cold was gone.

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    Get youself tested for allergies (request a refferal from your GP). There are long term treatments available which are far better than nasal sprays.

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      This. My wife has similar symptoms and turns out big allergy to dust mites.

      Although she got prescribed a nasal spray to fix :D (Nasonex)

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    I had this issue before, life was full of allergies but now after 6 months I am so fit, medicines/spray are things of past.

    Take kombucha, it will change your life

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      Hi centennial,

      which brand of Kombucha did you take? And where did you buy it from? supermarket? chemist?

      Thanks

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    So I had a problem with sleeping with a blocked nose… Until I figured out it was related to how hydrated I was.

    These days I try to drink >1L of water every day and either cut back on alcohol/caffeine or drink even more water. This solved breathing through my nose unless I go on a bender.

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      Does this mean you just get woken up needing to go to the toilet rather than with a blocked nose?

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    I suffered from sinusitis/rhinitis for long when I was young. My symptoms included stuffed nose, severe headache, loss of memory, loss of appetite, loss of sense of smell, etc. Such symptoms haunted me whenever I had a cold. I tried traditional Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture, laser therapy for rhinitis, etc. One medicine called Huo Dan Wan (霍胆丸) worked for me. You cannot imagine that eventually I got rid of this illness altogether by practicing Qi Gong (just like medication) and Tai Chi Quan. I suppose jogging has the same effect on sinusitis/rhinitis like Tai Chi. Sinusitis/rhinitis is often triggered by a cold. For the prevention of catching cold, I now use a simple method, i.e. the use of light salty water to wash the nostrils.

    For use of any medicine mentioned above, please consult a licensed medical doctor. For learning Tai Chi or Qi Gong, please also seek the guidance of qualified professionals.

    I hope that by sharing my experience, you will be able to have some idea regarding how to overcome your illness.

    Cheers!

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    I had similar problem many years ago. I was on nasal spray and it went on for weeks. Then I thought of a way to stop it: I would use the spray on one nostril at a time. When the medicine stops working I would use the spray on the other nostril. It worked. After a few days the blocked nose went away.

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    i am always congested 24/7 for over 15 years. found out i had mucus/sinus recirculation, in this study https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20450396 57% had it out of 723 people that had post nasal drip. It is curable. Public doctors in australia do not know anything about it. Even though sometimes they are the ones that cause it in botched surgeries.

    https://www.thefreelibrary.com/Iatrogenic+maxillary+sinus+recirculation+and+beyond.+(Original…-a097754546

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    Try this….all natural: https://www.webmd.com/allergies/neti-pots#1

    This is an Indian yoga technique…practiced in India for many thousands of years.

    You can buy a neti pot from ebay for ~$3.

    When a cousin taught me this technique, it changed my life. I have never looked back since, never had to take any allergy medication. I have not taken even a panadol in the last two years. I do this at least twice, and when required multiple times during the day.

    I am the most allergic person I know to dust mites and pollen. Two blood tests and a skin prick test revealed that I am severely allergic to dust mites and pollen, two things you can not avoid. My options were either this or a 3/4 year long immunotherapy. This is way better. I have never been really sick since. I have severe asthma, but the nasal wash daily keeps that in control too. I have not had to take a single asthma medication since. I keep active (gym and long walks).

    PM me for more details. It has the potential to change your health and your life dramatically.

    Run away from western medication for any chromic medical requirements. Western medication hardly cures those. Modern medicine in my opinion just treats the symptoms.

    Good luck.

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      +1 to Jal neti

      Had sinus surgery last year and the doctors prescribed nasal washes/irrigation everyday using a Flo rinse bottle. If a Neti pot doesn't suit you get the Flo Rinse bottle from Chemist Warehouse. After the salt sachets run out use half a teaspoon of non-iodized sald (Saxa brand works well) and half a teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate pure (Macenzies works well). The idea is to use a lukewarm isotonic solution of water to rinse your sinuses and nose. It will clear out every allergen/microbe as has been mentioned above.

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    Pro tip: Cocaine

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    Your name sounds like sudarep (Sudafed representative)

    Try nasal irrigation, works very well. You'll sleep better too.

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    Why no one ever questions the food they eat is beyond me.. treat the cause

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      perhaps, i found that wheat and dairy worsens my ezcema. I've basically avoided that my whole adolescent life.

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    There is a surgery option for nasal congestion. The ENT specialist will use radioactive pulses to burn and shrink the walls of your inner nose, effectively scarring the area. Even if you suffer from allergy, your nose wall wouldnt be inflamed and enlarged as it is scarred, effectively treating your nasal congestion problem. This is just a quick day surgery and a lifelong solution.

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    If you can continue to buy it OTC, it's not Sudafed. Well done, you're addicted to a placebo.

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    If you find that you only get congested at home, you might have some dust allergies. Other than just cleaning well and often you could also try nasal irrigation. A lot of people don't like to use it but I find that it works best for allergy related congestion. It physically removes any allergens stuck in your nasal cavities causing congestion. It's also about $10 or less for the irrigator and a 100 packet of saline sachets is only about $10-$15 depending on sales and where you buy it from.

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    A colleague was in a very similar situation, and was diagnosed with lactose intolerance. He got off dairy completely, and all breathing related symptoms went away in four days.

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    suppositories?

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    im addicted to toilet paper. use it every day. has anyone got alternate solution for me

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    Do you have nasal septal deviation?

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    "I used to have really bad sleeps and feel so restless. After discovering Sudafed, I've had the best sleeps ever." That's bizarre. Sudafed, as the name suggests, ought to contain, pseudoephedrine, a stronger stimulant than caffeine but less powerful than cocaine & amphetamines.

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      not a coffee drinker or energy drink person. I've puffed it before i sleep every night and I sleep like a baby.

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    As other have said, go see a GP. Decongestant nasal sprays are only supposed to be used twice a day 12hr apart for a max of 3 days in a row unless otherwise specified by your doctor.

    Sudafed decongestant nasal sprays contain Oxymetazoline NOT pseudoephedrine as some people have incorrectly noted, nor does it contain phenylephrine. Oxymetazoline is a "adrenergic receptor agonis" -> in effect it "vascocontricts" or in layman's terms shrinks engorged blood vessels in your nose.

    My advise is stop asking for medical advice from non-medical people and go see your GP. (as oxymoronic as that sounds)

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