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Afrin (Oxymethalizone) Addiction and Withdrawal
An_187410 posted:
Hey out there!

I've been addicted to Oxymethalizone for months. Finally deciding enough was enough I wanted to quit, and I did! I think I have permanently damaged my sinuses, but who knows, maybe it is just some minor withdrawal symptons.

Anyway, how did I quit? I withdrew, one nostril and one pump at a time! alternating Nostrils for the first few days I decreased frequency and pumpage. Within five days I could breathe out of my nose without spraying! do not go get more nasal sprays such as corticosteroids! these can take up to two weeks to start working, the whole time of which you will be desperate and probably continue the afrin, which could wreak even more damage on your sensitive lymphatic tissues...

Five days, that is all it took for me to be able to breath at night and not wake up with a mouth so dry it makes your teeth hurt to drink or eat anything! I have like no willpower, but I had enough!

I started with my left nostril, did two pumps twice a day, leaving my right one congested. The next day, I switched two the right. the third day, back to the left, but only one pump twice a day, then my right on the fourth, on the fifth day I was able to breath in my sleep without Oxymethalizone, even though I still had some mild cogestion. by day seven my sinuses were completely open again!

if you can do cold turkey, more power to you! I am not a doctor, so obviously this should not substitute for the advice or consultation of a doctor, nor is this advice intended to treat or cure any ailment nor am I responsible for the actions people take based on this information. Go see an ENT asap!
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Rod Moser, PA, PhD responded:
Thank you for posting your story....your personal method of getting off of Afrin dependence is excellent.