Clears your sinuses.
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Afrin (Oxymetazoline) clears stuffy noses well, but don't use it for more than 3 days in a row or your congestion could get worse.
- It works right away and each dose provides relief for up to 12 hours.
- Can use for nasal congestion caused by colds and allergies.
- It only affects your nose, so there aren't too many other side effects.
- Available as a nasal spray and a nasal mist.
- Afrin (Oxymetazoline), like all other sprays used for stuffy noses, can make your congestion worse if you use it for more than 3 or 4 days in a row (called rebound-congestion).
- Can cause temporary stinging, burning, or dryness in your nose.
- Can't be used for kids younger than 6 years old.
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Side effects for Afrin (Oxymetazoline)
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- Use 2 to 3 sprays in each nostril every 10 to 12 hours. Don't use Afrin (Oxymetazoline) more than two times a day.
- Keep your head upright and don't tilt it back when spraying Afrin (Oxymetazoline) into your nose.
- Breathe in with quick sniffs while spraying and wait a few minutes before blowing your nose.
- Don't use Afrin (Oxymetazoline) for more than 3 days in a row since it can worsen your congestion after a few days of use.
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- Higher risk if:
- › Using Afrin (Oxymetazoline) for more than 3 days
Don't use it for more than 3 days in a row. Continuing to use Afrin (Oxymetazoline) for longer may cause “rebound” congestion once you stop using it, meaning your congestion could come back again, just as bad or even worse. It's best to slowly lower the amount you use over a few days and use a non-medicated nasal spray, like saline (salt-water), to clear up stuffiness.