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Nervous about possible Afrin Nasal Spray overdose
Bookgal1977 posted:
My doctor had me get Afrin to help treat a viral infection I have in my sinuses. I've had headaches and dizy spells, and he said this would help drain fluids and relieve my symptoms. I took it last night at 8pm but because I'm not used to using a Nasal spray, I think I sprayed too much. This was followed by sleepiness and a dizzy spell, and I found out this morning online that those are signs of an overdose. I slept all night, and today I am still experiancing some dizziness (keep in mind I was before the dose, its been one of the symptoms). My eyes also appear to be more pinpoint that usual.

My concern is how long does Afrin stay in the system, and if its flushed out should I still be concerned about effects of an overdose? I am writing this at 3pm the following day.
Bookgal1977 responded:
I have already called my doctor and he does not seem to be overly concerned, which is why I'm asking some things here and not in the ER. Still, I'd like more info.
Rod Moser, PA, PhD responded:
The effects of Afrin will only last about 12 hours or so, so any symptoms you are experiencing now, may or may not be related. Viral infections (and a few dozen other things) can cause dizziness, too....a common one being an inner ear condition called labyrinthitis. Unfortunately, I have no way of determining a specific diagnosis over the Internet, based solely on your brief posting, so you will need to be re-examined by your doctor if your symptoms do not resolve.
Bookgal1977 replied to Rod Moser, PA, PhD's response:
I am watching things, and my doctor's said to come in and see him if I'm not improving in a few days, so no worries. (I actually am better this morning) I know you cant diagnose over the net, so I wasn't looking for that. Thank you so much for the afrin info, that helps a lot in my monitoring of the situation. I appreciate it very much.
Rod Moser, PA, PhD replied to Bookgal1977's response:
You are welcome. The fact that you are better is excellent news.
crazyscientist replied to Rod Moser, PA, PhD's response:
Hi Rod,
I have a related question, if you don't mind. I have allergies in every spring season, and I tried Claritin D, prescribed nasal sprays, etc. They all cause sleeping disorders, so I stopped taking everything. Recently, I used Afrin (Original), and I was very happy as I thought maybe this would be the solution I was looking for. I kept using it for 3 weeks once or twice a day, and realized that I started to have sleeping disorders again. I read online that this was a terrible mistake to use it longer than 3 days. I was wondering how long it would take for me to get rid off Afrin's side effects? How long do you think its effects would stay in my system?
Thank you so much!

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