- Aug 26, 2011
Sounds like we have the same doctor. He always tells me not to use it... but sometimes you just need to sleep. I try to stay under 3 days usage, and only do it a couple times over a year.Don't use Afrin unless it is really necessary. If really need you can dilute the Afrin with water, use 1 to 2 or 1 to 3 dilution and try to use only once at bedtime.
Last winter I have very serious post-nasal drip. Finally my doctor gave me Amox/K Clav 875-125, Amoxicillin/clavulanic acid is a combination penicillin-type antibiotic used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections. It works by stopping the growth of bacteria.
But my sinus didn't improve after taking Amox/KClav 2 times. Finally I went to see a nose specialist and he found out I had been using Afrin for the last 4-5 years. And I was taking Afrin and Amox/KClav in the same time, hence my nose blockage will not disappear. The Afrin will block my nose and eventually I will not be able to breath.
The doctor warns me I have to stop Afrin. It was painful but I finally stop Afrin by using slowly decrease dosage of Amox/KClav over 1 month. I have not use Afrin ever since.