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How I Beat My Nasal Spray Addiction!

Updated on February 14, 2012
Nasal spray addiction gone!
Nasal spray addiction gone!

Nasal Spray Addiction Gone!

I wanted to make this hub on how I beat my nasal spray addiction hopefully it will help anyone else who might have this problem.

If you have this problem, then you know how it can consume your life. It may sound silly, I mean it's not in the same category as other more serious addictions to drugs but it is still something that has a grip on someone with this problem.

It started as just a bad case of sinus congestion, sinus infection, that I just wanted relief from. Nasal spray has this way of just giving relief almost instantly. I was addicted to Nasal spray, nasal decongestant with Oxymetazoline Hydrochloride, a very effective decongestant. The problem with that is that after a couple of days of using the spray, your nose just seems to expect it, it almost feels like it will only operate correctly once it gets it's fix of nasal spray.

I used this stuff for approxiamately three years or longer, to be honest I lost track. I had to make special trips to the wal-mart just to get some. And I would stock up on the stuff just to make sure I would never run out. And that's not all. I would have some in my purse, in my medicine cabinet, by the bedside, in the kitchen cupboard, and I would even carry a bottle around in my pocket. It was disruptive to my day, literally. I mean when I needed to use the stuff, I would have to excuse myself to go to the restroom just to use it. I didn't think people appreciated me using that stuff in front of them, disgusting.

Any way I want to get down to what it took to stop the habit. I had read several different articles about using a new product that was non-addictive to replace this stuff, but I thought I wanted to get rid of this stuff altogether not switch to something different. So I didn't even bother with that other stuff. Don't get me wrong it might work great but it wasn't what I wanted. But then I read somewhere that this guy had just sprayed in one nostril, and deprived the other nostril. Then once the deprived nostril had healed and no longer needed the spray he stopped the other nostril.

So I tried it. It took about a week and a half for the deprived nostril to heal and no longer need the spray. Yes while I wasn't using the nasal spray in the one nostril it did get very congested and I could just feel the swollen nasal passages closing up and making it a little miserable. But I did use the nasal spray in the other nostril so it would be clear and I could at least breathe. Now I did have some pain when it was swelling and I just took some Excedrin or Tylenol for the pain and since they are anti-inflammatory they also help with the swelling.

What worked out great was that once I decided that I could stop the spray in the other nostril, it didn't do as much swelling or get congested as the first one did. I think I took one excedrin on the first day of depriving that nostril and haven't had to take any since.

It has been two days without any nasal spray and I am feeling great and have no desire for any nasal spray ever.

There are some things I did to make this transition a little easier. I did get a cool mist humidifier to put our bedroom at night. It helped to keep the room air humid and therefore easier to breathe. My husband even liked this and he said he could breathe a little better. I wouldn't swear to it but he actually seemed to not snore as much either, that was a bonus.

I also got a Netty pot and started using it about a couple of times just to clean out my sinuses, that also helps if you have allergies. I don't use it often just once every week or two.

I don't know if this will work for everyone, but it worked great for me and I will never use nasal spray again ever. So I hope this helps someone and would love to hear from you if it does.

Thanks for your interest.


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      4 years ago

      I have been addicted for a couple of years. I have multiple bottles (just in case!), get panicky if I haven't snorted and have to sit still for very long - and I only have ONE NOSTRIL on the stuff! So the one nostril technique is worthless for me. But I just discovered the CURE! I shoved a piece of paper towel in my nostril. That sounds RIDICULOUS, but - it's a MIRACLE.

      I'm getting rid of my bottles. Life is BACK!

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      5 years ago

      I had been hooked on nasal spray for 6 good years, i wasn't aware that i was addicted until i bumped in to blogs like these. i then accidentally left one of my nasal spray's at my boyfriend's place (it happened to be the only one i had at the time) it was then that i decided that i would quit using it. I was addicted to Sinutab and Drixine, i slept just ok the first night, not as horrid as it was for other people as i noticed when i read through the different blogs; but other nights were more pleasant than others. when i was clogged up, at night changing sleeping positions helped, during the day walking around would help. but for that extra boost i'd also browse the net for success stories of nasal spray addicts. DO NOT KEEP ANY 'just in case" BOTTLE IN YOUR HOUSE!!!!

      It was fairly much simpler than i thought it would be over the years when i kept "suspending" letting go of the spray, It has now been 2 great weeks and I feel amazing. I will never ever use a nasal spray, my dependency on the nasal spray's made me prisoner. aint no way im going back!

      feels good walking around without a little bottle in my pocket :) :)... Hope whoever is still struggling finds the will power to let go and be free

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      6 years ago

      I have only been hooked for a few weeks, but WoW! Like you, I have several bottles around so I will never have to be without. I could not believe how my nasal passages swelled shut without it. I was on a prescription nasal spray for years and my doctor wanted to try something else... like an allergy pill. Well, the pills did not work at all so I tried the spray. What a difference! I could breath better than I had in a long, long time. But I discovered quickly that my "12 hour" spray was only lasting 4 to 6 hours. I knew that quitting cold turkey wasn't going to work.... I just can't breath and even if I sleep all night, I wake up tired. This one nostril at a time approach sounds doable! Thanks for the tip.

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      Susan Sheppard 

      7 years ago

      I, too, was off and on nasal spray for 30 years. It was horrible. I got over mine by using colloidal silver nasal spray. I was using it for other health problems and ran out of the Afrin nasal spray and noticed amazingly I did not suffer the usual rebound symptoms. I am delighted. Hope this helps someone else.

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      Diane Inside 

      8 years ago

      Hi, Gemma I really hope this works for you, it has been almost three months now and no looking back. I don't need anything for my sinuses at all. We still use the cool mist humidifier most nights. Because our house gets very dry, and it helps with breathing especially at night. But otherwise, I never use nasal spray anymore, and never will. I was miserable. So I hope you can do it too. Good Luck.

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      8 years ago

      Thank you so much for sharing this i will definatly be trying, as i am so fed up on wasting my money!!!

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      Diane Inside 

      8 years ago

      Thanks Dr. Scott, fortunately it has been a month now since I stopped using the nasal spray and I no longer have any withdrawal symptoms. But thanks for the reminder. And Thanks for your comments.

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      Rachel Scott Ph.D 

      8 years ago

      Great to hear that you beat your nasal spray addiction. What an inspiring story. Natural nasal sprays such as SinuSoothe, saline nasal sprays and natural anti-inflammatories can also help ease the withdrawal process.

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      Diane Inside 

      8 years ago

      Ha Ha funny! I will never use it again, makes me too dependent, on the stuff. Even if I get a cold I'll just have to wait it out. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Jim Hunter 

      8 years ago

      Ive been using nasal spray for the past 25 years but I don't think im addicted.

      That's a joke

      Seriously I have been using it that long, I have stopped many times just to go back when I get a cold.


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