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    Nasal congestion
    An_239296 posted:
    Either my left or right nostril always seems to be constricted, especially in the morning, but it does happen at any time during the day. It seems to me that the nasal membranes are swollen, and when I use Afrin No Drip, my sinuses are open and clear for the entire 12 hour period of the dose. I also used a Benzedrex inhaler with good results. I talked to my doctor and he said I needed to stop using the Afrin No Drip, as it was causing the nasal membrane swelling to exacerbate. The doctor prescribed Flonase. I have used the Flonase for 1 week, but I find I still need to use the Benzedrex inhaler after using the Flonase to reduce the swelling of the nasal membranes. How long does the Flonase take to become effective?

    I also used Allegra, but at the appointment when the doctor prescribed the Flonase, he changed the Allegra to Loratadine (Claritin). He stated that sometimes long time use of Allegra can cause to become less effective. Is he thinking this may help with the nasal membrane swelling?
    editor_morgan responded:
    Hi there and thanks for posting!

    Finding adequate treatment that actually works without all of the side effects can be quite the process. It seems like you are on the right track by having an open line of communication with your doctor.

    If you check out Flonase and Loratadine in the WebMD Drugs & Supplements center, there are hundreds of reviews.

    Here is the link to user reviews for Flonase: nasal.aspx?drugid=1474&drugname=Flonase nasal .

    You might be able to find relevant information there.

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