I Have a Nose Spray Addiction – I’m Addicted to Afrin

Afrin nose spray addiction

This is a story on how I relieved my Afrin addiction with some simple helpful tips.

So there I am standing in the isle of of the drugstore with a head cold and sinus congestion when I see a bottle of Afrin. Twelve hours of nasal congestion relief?

Sign me up. I got some important phone calls to make at work and I can’t sound like I’m all stuffed up and sick. I gotta be professional sounding and clear headed.

How My Nose Spray Addiction Started

There is nothing worse than lying in bed at night trying to go to sleep with a stuffy nose. Finally there was something that I could take before bed that would allow me to breathe through my nose… Afrin nose spray.

The results were phenomenal. A couple of sprays up each nostril and within minutes I was able to breathe through my nose. So I stuck the Afrin in my pocket and it remained there for many weeks.

Why had I never used nose spray before? Why isn’t everyone using nose spray throughout their colds? Well, unfortunately I found out the hard way why it is not a good idea to use Afrin throughout the duration of your head cold.

Why Afrin Has a Hold on Me

There are warnings on the back of the Afrin bottle that explain that you should not use Afrin longer than three days in a row. I did read that warning. I however, did not pay attention to that warning. The sinus clearing results that I got from using nose spray were too good to just stop.

I decided on the fourth night to go ahead and use Afrin for another night.

What I wasn’t aware of when I decided to use Afrin longer than the recommended durations is a little something called rebound congestion. Rebound congestion occurs when vascular constricting properties of nose sprays begin to cause abnormal swelling of the nasal mucosa.

This can block the nasal airway completely, causing extreme discomfort.

Rebound congestion is temporarily relieved by the use of nose spray giving the person a small window of relief. You can see how this can become a vicious circle right? Too much nose spray use causes more nasal congestion that can only be relieved by using even more nose spray… etc., etc.

So the answer to the problem of rebound congestion seems simple right? Just stop using the noses spray and allow your nasal mucosa to return to normal. Well that is much easier said that done. Being unable to breathe properly through your nose can drive you crazy. It can send you running right back to that nose spray even though you know that it’s the nose spray that’s causing the problem.

How I’m Breaking Free from My Afrin Addiction

Now, you could just stop using nose sprays altogether and suffer with your rebound congestion for a couple of weeks until it goes away and you will be broken of your dependence on nose sprays.

I don’t see myself doing that so I have done some reading up on the subject and have begun a one nostril at a time withdrawal program.


That’s right. I still use Afrin in one of my nostrils and am allowing the other nostril to heal.

Once this first nostril is all healed and I can breathe through it, I plan on stopping the use of Afrin in the second nostril. After a little while I will be able to breathe comfortably again through my nose without the use of nose sprays.

So how are you planning on breaking your nose spray addiction? I would love to hear people’s different methods for breaking nose spray addiction.

Important Update: Hello everyone. This is Ken Savage the author of this post. I wanted to tell you that I’m building a new community website around Nose Spray and Afrin addiction.  I working with an ENT Dr and a retired ENT nurse on common conditions of nasal congestion, ways to relieve the pressure and inflammation and how to get off of the nose sprays.

I’ll also let you know in an email and comment here when the new site is complete.  Should only be 2 weeks or so. I have a dozen articles written already and hope to provide you more help and information.

Good luck on your struggles everyone and let’s hope we can all work together to free ourselves from nose spray addiction.

Dad, writer and photographer. Living the dream with my son Jake. I travel the world making friends and experiences while building my network or properties and friends.

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1,124 comments on “I Have a Nose Spray Addiction – I’m Addicted to Afrin
  1. Russ says:

    Its great to know this site exists, as I have been suffering with this addiction for 40 years now. I remember vividly how it began – 1975 as a Naval Aviation pilot in Misawa Japan. I had some congestion that made me go to the base exchange (government department store on base). I found a nose spray, presumably Afrin. Worked great! Here I am 40 years later, still got it, different bottle but same stuff, same congestion, only much worse. Back then it was a once a day as the instructions said, 12 hours of relief. That has continued for quite a long time until about 2 years ago when I’ve been doing as many of you, spraying it much more often, now as much as once an hour or so.
    The mornings are the worse. Sometimes it takes a couple of sprays when I wake up, then some more in about 30 minutes or so and that continues for about 2 hours after which I’m on once every couple of hours for the rest of the day.
    About 3 months ago, Ibought a bottle of Nasacort, but after I read about the possible side effects, I’ve never opened it.
    After I found this web site, I’ve decided to try the one nostril system. That began two days ago. It’s been interesting during that time. I now spray only the left nostril, when needed. There are times when the right one clears up completely, other times when the right plugs completely. I don’t understand that, but I plan to continue this procedure. I almost sprayed the right side when I caught myself. I guess there has been so much of both nostrils in the past, it was habit to hit ‘em both.
    I’ll keep you all posted…

    • Rachel says:

      Hi there. I was also addicted for many years. I got prescription flonase from my doctor and was able to wean off slowly.it worked! I have been off the afrin for three months now. My nostrils are finally back to normal. Some people have had luck with nasacort and frequent saline sprays, like every hour. That didn’t work well for me but everyone is different. The flonase worked great. Keep trying until you find which method works best for you. The one nostril method worked well for weaning down, but it was still kinda miserable. Good luck to you!!! I’ve been there and understand how awful afrin addiction is. Keep trying until you get it figured out.

      • leon says:

        When you started using Flonase were you still using the Afrin or quit Afrin all together when you started Flonase?

      • tony says:

        lucky for me I have only been doing it for forty yrs when my girlfriends mom said here try my afrin prescription and i did and loved it, sure glad i have never got addicted to it, i only hit it once or twice a day at best……..

    • Rachel says:

      The same thing happened to me, the nostrils would be totally blocked then suddenly clear then go back to be blocked. That lasted for about two weeks. After that I was fine. I’m not sure why that happens but it also happened to me. It’s great that your on day four. That’s awesome. Get some saline spray if your nostrils become dry. It helps. Good luck! I’ll check back this weekend to see how you are doing

    • Mike Benefield says:

      Nasacort works well for nasal spray addiction. I suggest you reconsider and give it a try. It takes several days of treatment to get results, but it DOES work.

      Good Luck

    • Rachel says:

      How’s it going ? By now you should start to feel less blocked (except for the occasionally blocked feeling that goes away quickly) hope your doing well on your journey. It is possible to complete because I have done it. After spending half my life addicted to afrin, its awesome to finally be free of it

    • Colleen says:

      I have been using this stuff for 31 years and am so sick of it!

    • Jenn says:

      Hi Russ. Thanks for your story. This website and your story have inspired me to start the one nostril treatment. Exact same story as you…. Well, minus Japan, being a naval pilot, and your 40 year struggle. Other then those things everything else was like reading my exact daily routine for the past 5 years. Thanks for sharing and good luck to you and everyone!

  2. Russ says:

    Thanks Rachel, I’ve been doing the one nostril method for 4 days now, and it appears to be working great! I spray the left about 3 or 4 times a day (which is less than has been) and the right has been sometimes plugged for a short period then it clears up for a while. Goofy as it sounds, it’s not bad. I’m wondering how long it will take for the right side to be fully cleared, but for now I’ll keep doing what I’m doing!!

  3. Garry says:

    I am very glad that I found this site. I have had an Afrin addiction for about 6 months. I believe that I will try the one nostril at a time method. I’ll let you know how it goes!

  4. Russ says:

    Well, here I am, 7 days into the one nostril method. Doing fine with it, spraying left side only. Right side clears some, plugs some, but not a major problem. Yesterday I accidentally sprayed the right side without thinking (habit from hitting both all the time). I immediately realized what I had done. Fortunately I was outside, then blew it all out. I hope I didn’t destroy all the progress I have made for that nostril.
    Mike, I’ll re-think the Nasacort thing, but I’m gonna stay with this one nostril system for now, see how it pans out after a couple of weeks, but thanks for the thought.
    Rachel, I appreciate your concern, thanks !!
    If the administer of this site reads this: Is there a way that reecnt posts are displayed chronologically in order? Not a big deal, just takes some extra time watching the dates of the posts. Thanks for the site, anyway ! ! !

    • Rachel says:

      Glad that it’s working out for you! You’ll start to feel better in about another9 days from now.. The nasacort did not work for me at all. But I heard it worked for others here. The flonase is what helped me wean off. Anyway, I’m happy for you ! Keep doing what your doing!!! Your almost there!!!

  5. Phil says:

    Have any of you ever did 4-way nose spray? I have the rebound. It acts fast during this time. But won’t last very long. I’m having a rebound now. I feel seed very bad right now.
    I found YALL while looking for help.
    It has happened before. And I went to the doc for a stiroid shot. That always works. But only for a few weeks.
    I’m gonna try the one nose at a time thing.

    • Rachel says:

      Phil yes I’ve also used the four way spray. Its very similar to afrin and yes has the same rebound effects. It sucks but you can do this too! I’ve been off all sprays for three months now. Search around here and you’ll read all about the different methods people use

  6. Russ says:

    Well, here I am, 10 days into the one nostril spraying adventure. It is still working well, although yesterday evening the right side (unsprayed side) became totally blocked, about the time I was going to bed. I was, for a moment, tempted to spray it but I did not want to undo my 10 days of progress in the method. Interestingly, I sprayed the left side and in a few minutes, the right side cleared. Do you think there is some cross over? I’m anxiously awaiting when the right side is clear all the time (will that ever happen?) and I can quit spraying the left side.
    Phil, welcome to this forum. Read the previous posts of mine and you will see what the “one nostril method” has done for me. It may not work OK for you, but there is no harm in trying it. Good Luck!!

    • Rachel says:

      Yes I remembered that my clear side would instantly become blocked up again out of nowhere. It was very frustrating and discouraging. The good news is that you’re almost done . in the next week , you’ll start to feel better . you’ll notice less and less congestion over the next week . it takes a while, but your almost there !!!!!!!!!! It took me weeks and weeks to finally be able to breathe freely at all times it’s miserable . you’re doing great though

  7. ernesto says:

    For what ive reading the problem is called rhinitis medicamentosa and some ents treat it whit prednisone 60 mls and nasal washes im about to ship to national guard basic training and there is no such thing as bringign your medicine there so i better get off it now ill try the one side method see what happens

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Ernesto, yes this is an awful feeling but you can break the habit just like I did. Search around this site and you’ll see the many methods people use to break the addiction. I used flonase spray along with saline.

  8. Russ says:

    12 days in the one nostril method. Working just fine, but I think I’m still a few days away from totally clear on the right side. The past 3 days on only one occasion each night, the right side has become totally blocked for a few moments but it then clears After a few minutes. I’ll be curious to see how the left side will be after I quit completely…

    • Lori says:

      I have been an Afrin Addict since 10/2014. While at a medical conference in Atlanta I because so ceongested I had no choice-knowing the consequences I kept spraying for relief of the congestion & sinus pressure/headaches. I think I will try this – Russ thanks for keeping us updated. I’m very onterested in your results.

    • Rachel says:

      Its going to take some time to become completely clear , but your almost there. The method you used takes a little more time , but bi believe that you are close to being clear .

  9. Russ says:

    Hey, Lori! Good luck with it. You haven’t been under the hold of this terrible addiction but I’m sure it is just as real! It takes only 3 days I guess, it was such a long time ago for me I don’t remember more than it sure made me breathe a whole lot better. That was quite important since i was 30,000 feet in the air frequently. I’ll keep posting here as long as I’ve got some new info.

  10. Robb G says:

    What do I do if the reason I think I have this horrible stuffy nose is because I have 3 dogs and I am allergic to them. I can’t get rid of the dogs they belong to my kids. I do also use claritin d, allegra d, & zyrtec d. These work in combination with the afrin, but its starting to get expensive. I think i’m going to try a combination of the one nostril spray, Alkalol rinse, ibuprofen every six hours, and Sinus Buster. I’ll report back to see if any of this helps. It’s been 3 1/2 years it’s time to stop.

    • Rachel says:

      Its very likely that you have underlying allergies, I’m also allergic to many things but have found what works for me . I’d see a doctor and try to get on a prescription allergy medicine so you’ll be more comfortable around the dogs

  11. Russ says:

    To Robb G. – it appears to me you are masking the real reason for your congestion By taking all of the decongestants with the nasal spray. The allergies may be the problem but the congestion continues because the afrin spray has you hooked, and you can’t see the forest for the trees…
    my suggestion is go see a doctor, otolaryngologist preferably (they are what was once an e.e.n.t., or eye ear nose throat specialist). They should be able to diagnose what the real problem is. Good luck !

  12. larry says:

    Hi all

    I have been on nostrilla, a product similar to afrin for 10 years. I just recently bought a saline solution, simply saline, and have started working it in so i can reduce the amount of nostrilla i take in. I then want to try the one nostril method. Ive noticed that its getting harder to get a completely clear passage even with using the spray. Also, with the 1 nostril method, is it usually 2 weeks per side or total?

  13. alexsandra says:

    Thank the lord I found this I need help! This addiction is I’d say the most horrible I’ve been using nasal spray for about 7 years how could I stop? Its ruiung my life I can’t have a normal life like this

  14. alexsandra says:

    Thank the lord I found this I need help! This addiction is I’d say the most horrible I’ve been using nasal spray for about 7 years how could I stop? Its ruiung my life I can’t have a normal life like this

  15. Darren says:

    Hi everyone I hope this information helps an ENT doctor told to dalut the afrin by 50% with saline for 4 weeks then dalut again by 50% for 4 more weeks in 2 months you can be down to 25% afrin and 75% saline water. At this point I’m at the second step and I’m noticing an improvement in my ability to breath threw my nose.Another product that seems to help is Sinus Buster nasal spray !

  16. Russ says:

    18 days of left nostril only. I think the right is finally clear, though occasionally it is slightly blocked, but maybe only 25%.
    Tomorrow I will go off the spray entirely in the hopes the left will eventually clear as well. I’m a bit apprehensive and skeptical, but I’m gonna give it a go.

  17. Arianna says:

    I’m on day 7 with no nasal spray. I have been addicted to this stuff for TEN long years. I keep thinking each day it will get a little better and it just doesn’t seem to be making any improvements yet. I’m getting super discouraged and tired of not being able to breathe AT ALL. Has anyone had surgery to repair the damage after years of use? Do you recommend it?

    • tony says:

      My life is fairly normal, and I have been doing afrin spray for forty years and counting, and i never got addicted so no worries……

      • Cindy says:

        I’ve been reading your MULTIPLE POSTS basically saying the SAME THING, So please tell me Tony aka MrNo Worries, Let me ask you this WHY were you looking for a Group like this and WHY are you here???? And please you’re laughing at peeps who are here for advice and support, this is a Real Problem for us!! So kindly take your No Worries somewhere that can help you and leave us ALONE

        • tony says:

          hey psycho cindy you are not the boss of me, and i really have been on afrin for 40 yrs, and it is just fine so i was trying to help the folks, so they would not worry so mind your own bees wax….. ty

  18. Russ says:

    To Arriana- I am sorry you are having such a difficult time in your quest to stop using the nasal spray. I know your pain !
    If I may, I suggest you take an easier approach than going off “cold turkey”. Please read all my previous posts and I think you can get through it much easier, with very little discomfort.
    As you will see, I was hung up on the spray for 40 years!!!
    I am now in the 19th day of spraying only my left nostril, and the right seems surprisingly clear. Today I have used the spray only twice on the left side (which has usually been 6 to 8 times)
    and with only minor discomfort, certainly easier than unable to breathe at all, don’t you think?
    I encourage you to try the one nostril method as I have. I think you will find it much easier, though slow progress. After all, it’s been 10 years….3 or 4 weeks will be a walk in the park, right?

    • Sara says:

      Oh my gosh an afrin addiction group! I swear this is probably the most miserable feeling in the world. I’ve been addicted to afrin or nose spray bc it really has been several different brands, for about 3 years now. I was thinking there was no hope of ever getting off of it and have started picturing myself 80 years old still carrying around my bottle….Russ, I read all of your comments and am going to keep up with you. I need to try this one nostril method now as this is starting to control my life! Has anyone tried using sudafed or something like that while weaning yourself off the spray? I’m wondering if that might offer a little extra relief. I’m also gonna put a humidifier in my bedroom and see if that helps. I have to do something, I cannot take this another day!

      • Jeanelle says:

        Been on nose spray of all kinds for more than 30 years off an on. I cannot sleep at all! I have tried a humidifier 3 inches from my nose, doesn’t work! I have tired claratin, sudafed, every allergy med and nothing works except my nose spray! I did use about 4 pillows last night and it helped alot! I usually use my nose spray at least 4-5 times during my nightly trying to sleep. Withe the pillows I slept for 7 hours and only used my nose spray one time! WOOHOOOO! I get like this every winter with the heaters in the house dry out the air! I will try using the saline spray more often to keep my nose not so dry and try the one nostral thing. I the summer, I usually only use my nose spray one in a great while! I have gotten myself off nasal sprays of all kinds 2 different times, but this winter in the mid atlantic just kill me. I do not understand why the humidifier doesn’t help at all, but it does NOT HELP! I go to the doctor on Tuesday and am going to ask her if she can give me a RX for a decongestion pill and see if that helps along with your method!

  19. Teresa S says:

    I’ve been addicted for the last 26 years. Flonase and Sinus Buster didn’t work for me. I don’t know if I can take not breathing out one side but I think it’s time to try.

  20. Russ says:

    20 days into my “adventure” of the 1 nostril method. I had planned to stop using the spray entirely, yesterday but I succumbed to the complete congestion when I awoke in the morning. After that I was OK for most of the day though I did use it a couple more times during the day. I think much of it is the habitual action and not truly the actual stuffy feeling. I know it is there but without the conviction of NOT using the spray, it becomes easy to use. I will continue to try, but it’s good to have a clear right side. The left will come, in time…

  21. Albert says:

    I give you all credit. I have used Adrin for years. I have tried everything to kick it, shots even surgery (which was hell on earth!)

    When I lie down no matter what I do the blood rushes to my head and my nose clogs.

    I have just accepted this is an awful part of me.

  22. Jen says:

    I am addicted to Neo-Synephrine spray. I have been since I was younger. I am currently pregnant with my 3rd child and the stuffiness is so completly worse. I seriously can not breathe at all! Any suggestions/helpful hints for this pregnant gal??

  23. Dee says:

    So I’ve come to the realization that I too am addicted to Afrin nose spray. It’s been over a year that I religiously use this stuff. I regret the day I ever bought it. I really need help getting my life back together because it’s controlling me. It’s hard to write this. Help!

    • tony says:

      Dee one yr lol I have been doing afrin for 40 yrs and i never got addicted , and everything still works just fine, so no worries… Some of you act like it is heroine or cocaine , then I would be worried, I have even called the company and they said nothing to worry about….

      • Cin says:

        Go away Tony. You don’t get the frustrations of physically having to use afrin everyday. Go away.

      • Jeanelle says:

        Tony, I am so happy you never had a problem with addiction, but I have had 4 different doctors in my life that told me coming offf of any nose spray is just as bad as coming off of heroine! I even had two ER docs tell me that! So please have a little compassion for those of us that cannot life without the stuff. When you are me and you cannot sleep but for two hours and you have to wake up to use it just in order to be able to sleep! I have not had a full 8 hours of sleep in over a month! SO please just have some compassion! We all wish it was as easy for us as it is for you!

      • Cindy Rumpf says:

        Tony… If you have been doing Afrin for 40 years. You DEFINITELY have a dependency problem troll. Don’t make light of other people’s issues.

  24. Jesus says:

    Wow I didn’t know so many other people had this problem. Crazy really. I have been stuck on this nasal spray for like 7 years. I hate carrying it everywhere I go. Started carrying it in high school like in 2007 or 2008. I used it so much I started getting nose bleeds, the nose bleeds were happening so often that they had to cauterize some swollen veins in my nose to stop the bleeding. They put me on saline but it didn’t help at all. I hate the stuffy feeling, but I’m done and ready to be free of this devil spray. Gonna give this one nostril thing a shot. Hopefully I’ll be able to get off of it and free up some pocket space.

  25. ginger g says:

    I also became severely addicted to afrin! It got so bad that a spray only brought relief for 5 or 10 minutes and then I was so congested again that I was sure I would suffocate. Wish I had thought of the one nostril at a time approach. My solution was much more complicated. I bought a bottle of nasal saline must, the medicated stuff, and a glass eye dropper. Each day I would open up the bottle of afrin and add 10 drops of saline, shake well, and use as normal. Add the days went by, the mixture would get weaker and weaker until it was basically all saline. It took a few weeks but I am completely afrin free now!

  26. Janine says:

    Wow…been sick and miserable not sleeping and have kids. asthma combined with a cold and bronchitis left me almost completely unable to breathe. Allergy and asthma medications and flonase were not working so I went to the store two days ago and found Afrin. I used it last night and I was all cleared up immediately within about 15 seconds of spraying it. I’ve Been hailing it as a miracle drug and can easily see why you could become addicted because I was just thinking that instead of the 3 days I would use this forever but I’m glad I came across your website because I see the evils of that now. From the standpoint of someone who has always had difficulty breathing I was wondering why I hadn’t heard about this before, but I see why doctor would not want to recommend this. The relief was so powerful after days of not sleeping, the satisfaction of being able to breathe and sleep for one night was bliss but after the three days I’m throwing the bottle out. Thank you all for sharing because when I first started reading the posts I was like, how stupid could this be? how could they be addicted to nasal spray… but the more I think about it and the fact that I feel so good and I was considering using it forever I’m super appreciative of the fact that you were willing to share your experiences and save me apparently 40 years of addiction.

    • tony says:

      I have been on it for 40 yrs and it is just fine, and I never got addicted so no worries…..

      • Logan says:

        If you have been taking it for 40 years then obviously you are addicted. Simple logic.

        A. If you are not addicted why continue using?

        B. If you have been using it for 40 years, how do you know you aren’t addicted? You can’t tell whether you are addicted or not while you are using it. You have to stop using it to find that out, duh. Do you work for Afrin? Quit trolling and go to a forum where you are needed, or wanted.

  27. Jon says:

    Hello and thank you for the advise. I just found this site and am astonished why I didn’t think of the one nostril at a time technique. Why didn’t I think of that moment!
    Anyway, I will begin treatment today spraying only the left side for now. The right side is usually the worst of the two and is now the culprit of intense sneezing sessions I just cant bare any longer.
    Wish me luck!

    • Jeanelle says:

      Jon…how ya doing? I am going to start with this process tonight starting right now! I pray hard I can do this!!!!!!!!! I wish I could find somebody who is just starting this process so we could be like partners in trying to make this work! John…hope you are doing well and the same to all who are trying to get off of this crap!

  28. John says:

    My doctor claims that the rebound effect of Afrin can be neutralized by taking Nasacort at the same time as taking Afrin. Something to do with the receptors being replaced by the Nasacort. He claims he has patients using Afrin w/ Nasacort for months at a time with no rebound. I just started this, with the goal of getting deeper sleep so that I can fight off the cold virus better. My doc’s instructions: 1) Spray each nostril with a saline spray, and work it in by moving the saline up and down your nasal passages by breathing. 2) Blow your nose thoroughly. 3) Spray once into each nostril with Afrin. 4) Spray once into each nostril with Nasacort. Do this twice a day, until the virus is gone, and then stop. I hope it works. I’ve also experienced bad rebound before.

  29. David R says:

    I kicked a 30 year Afrin habit last year and have been Afrin free for one year now. Here is what worked for me.
    1. I diluted my Afrin nasal spray 50/50 with saline solution.
    2. At the same time, I started using Nasacort OTC (2 sprays each nostril per day) to combat inflammation as I reduced the Afrin.
    3. After one week, I only needed the Afrin spray at night.
    4. Around 10 days, I realized that I didn’t need the Afrin anymore and I reduced the Nasacort to one spray per day.
    5. At 17 days, I quit the Nasacort and I have been breathing on my own since then.

    Once or twice a month, I will get a little nasal congestion. But one spray of Nasacort will clear my nose – a small price to pay for no more Afrin.

  30. lindsay says:

    Ive been using afrin every day since october 2014. I keep trying to stop but I cant stand not being able to breathe through my nose at night. I’ve tried the one nostril thing and was absolutely miserable. Tried breathe right strips and they worked for a while but my nose clogged up again. Today I bought nasacort and im taking an anti-histamine. I hope this works. I’m tired of using afrin every night so i can sleep.

    • tony says:

      Lindsay ive been on it for 40 yrs and im not addicted and i love it, one time i went off it for 1 yr just to make sure, if you breathe better then use it with no worries……

      • Cindy says:

        Tony, you keep stating that you have used afrin for 40 yrs and it is not addicting so they should continue to use it. I don’t think you get the point of this site. People here ARE addicted to afrin and are sick of having to use it on a daily basis. Your stupid comment does not help.

        • David says:

          After 40 years of use if you don’t think you are addicted, it must have rotted away your brain, or you’re just plain dumb, which i lean toward the latter.
          I found this forum extremely useful for helping me kick a 33 year ADDICTION…the first step is admitting you are addicted, which you cannot seem to do.
          Please just find something else to do to amuse your simple mind, people here have a real problem, are getting it out and getting advice, your petty commentary is not welcome.
          If you DO work for Afrin, I hope your company goes bankrupt and folds up completely and you all are arrested and thrown in the cage with Bubba and Jetro, therefore removing your poison from the market and teaching you not to ever mess with good people again. If you work for them, you are nothing more than an addict drug dealer who should be dealt with just like a meth or heroin dealer would be.
          In a nutshell what I am trying to tell you is to F off and leave us alone, we don’t need you here.

          For everyone else, ignorance is bliss, continue to move toward freedom and keep the faith, you CAN kick the habit, I did and I have faith you all can too.
          Good luck everyone.

  31. Victor says:

    here is how I beat my nasal spray addiction with the help of my doctor! it took about 3 weeks with no suffering at all! you will need reg. Zrytec, saline solution, your nasal spray and Flonase or Nasacort! the first 3 days use the Flonase or Nasacort 2 sprays in each nostril 2 times a day! once in the morning and once a couple of hours before bed! after 3 days just use it a couple of hours before bed! take the Zyrtec a couple of hours before bed also. this will also help you sleep a little better. get an eye dropper and a spoon. put 2 drops of the Afrin and 2 drops of the saline solution and use this in each nostril whenever you need to as often as needed! after a week try using 1 drop of Afrin and 3 drops of saline solution. and I just kept using it like that! after 2 weeks or so I was able to go for up to 12 hours sometimes without the nasal spray! but sometimes I would still need it ever 4 hours! then after 3 weeks I didn’t need the Afrin anymore! I still use the Nasacort at night for indoor allergies! my doctor told me to use this method and that it would take about 3 weeks and it did! I didn’t suffer at all! I used the mixed spray when I needed to! if the 2 and 2 drops don’t work for you try 3 drops of AFrin and 1 saline solution! try this it will work! any questions just email me at siriusvel@yahoo.com and I will let you know exactly everything I did! good luck!

  32. Joe says:

    I’ve been hooked on Afrin since September 2014. Found this site sometimes in December, went cold turkey, and it seemed to work for about three weeks, got congested again, and I’m back on Afrin, my fifth week now. My ENT has put me on Flonase and antihistamine three weeks ago, but I don’t feel better. I sometimes spray Afrin around noon to keep me going through the day, and, of curse, every night before going to sleep. I also read a few interesting articles on radiofrequency turbinate reduction. Has any of you thought about it or done it? And how do I know if I need it?

  33. Danny says:

    Hello all…i to am addicted to nasal spray…i started using when i was 16 yo…i am now 40…it all started from an injury i got while playing football..started with afrin but know i use a off brand..but the addiction is the same…i also have a deviated septum from the injury..that didnt help the congestion problem any…i have tried saline sprays…dont work…i figured out that the only sprays that work are the ones with oxymetazoline 0.05% or higher…i feel like a slave to this evil spray…if i dont have it i panic…cant breathe..cant sleep..it has ruined my life..i so want to be free of this addiction…im going to try the one nostril at a time and mix it with saline to help feed my craving…hopefully it works

  34. henry says:

    The one nostril at a time method worked for me! (Thank God)..I thought I would never kick this awful habit…one day I decided I just had enough..I would suffer through being congested one nostril at a time..luckily after 3 days my first nostril started to clear well enough for me to stop using afrin in the 2nd nostril..3 days later (total of 6 days) I was free of afrin! I feel so much better and can actually breathe without carrying a bottle of afrin around with me..it’s a great feeling! I hope others can read this and decide to stop the cycle..good luck guys! This method does work!

  35. Arianna says:

    An update: I’m almost 3 weeks free from nasal spray. It feels great to no longer be reliant on a chemical to breathe! I still can’t breathe all that great and went in to see an ENT Dr. I am going in for a septoplasty and turbinoplasty March 4th. I’m terrified, but anxious to get it all over with so I can heal my nose from the damage I’ve done to it.
    How did I get off the nose spray? A high dose of prednisone tapered off for about 3 weeks as well as the steroidal nasal spray. One nostril at a time didn’t work for me- I had to quit it 100% on about day 5 of being on prednisone. Good luck to everyone on this addiction journey! It definitely is extremely difficult to overcome.

  36. Angel says:

    I have been addicted to afrin before so it was stupid of me to use it again but i did because its such great relief and i cant stand beimg congested. Last time i used nasacort and slowly tapered off the afrin to stop but this time i had a bad cold and started using afrin and then found out im pregnant. The dr said the afrin was ok to use to i kept using it and of course got addicted so then i asked if i could take nasacort and they said no. So this time its been much harder stopping. They said i could take tylonel cold/sinus pills and saline spray and neti pot. My dr also said therr is a natural hot pepper spray that works like afrin but isnt habit forming. You can find it at places that sell homeopathic remedies. So i tried it and of course it burns like hell but it does help just not as good as afrin. Ive also been using a humidifier and breathe right strips on my nose im trying everything lol. Ive gonna a couple days without afrin and im hoping i can make it and get over this congestion. Im a still a lil congested but im dealing with it. Goodluck everyone.

  37. Colleen says:

    I have been using this stuff for 31 years! I’m sick of it!

  38. Jeanelle says:

    Thank you so much for this web site nad a few others! I also added nasal strips to my one nostril thing and I am on day 3 and it is getting easier! Going to doc tomorrow to see if she will give me a RX for a stronger de-congestant to help me along! I will MAKE THIS WORK FOR ME! Best of luck to everybody trying! This is one of the hardest things I have ever done nad I want so badly to just pick up my nose spray and say just use the damn stuff, but I will not cave!

  39. Jared says:

    Russ, how do you dilute the spray? The hole is so small there is no way to get saline in it.

    • David says:

      Unscrew the cap all the way but do not remove it. Apply some side torque with the cap to the tip inside the cap, it should dislodge from the bottle. DO NOT touch the tip or uptake tube attached to it, keep them as clean as possible and keep the tip inside the cap. Add your saline and replace the tube and tip with the cap. Screw the cap down tight to reengage it to the bottle.
      Good luck.

  40. ABBY says:

    I’ve been off Afrin for six months already. and I’m suffering terribly!!! can’t breathe at night. it’s a total nightmare! I tried different steroid nasal sprays but all they did was dry my nose and didn’t help me breathe. also I’m taking zoloft and find that when I take Nasacort ( I am still taking ) it makes me really restless. I think the only option for me is turbinate reduction surgery. but I’m terrified!!!!! :(

  41. jenn says:

    I have done this dance 4 tines now! I rarely get sick but when I do I cannot stand to have my nose plugged up. You would think I would know better and not go and buy the nasal spray yet I will somehow talk myself into it and then it’s a long battle for months and months. Then I have to slowly wean myself off of it again. I started back up with it about 5 days ago from being sick and am now using it constantly. Like waking up 4 times a night to use it. My poor nose! I am going to try the one nostril thing and see how that goes! Since I have stopped cold turkey before I know what awaits me… glad I’m not alone in this! Everyone makes fun of me for it lol they don’t know how serious it is at 3am when you can’t find your bottle in the dark and you start to panic :-)

  42. Chris says:

    I have two options at this point. I only use one shot of afrin in each side about 2-3 times per day, but regardless, the rebound congestion has no limits. I purchased a Rhinostat kit that was about $40 that slowly weans you off by replacing the drug with saline. I also just bought sinus buster from CVS. Its a natural spray that has a pepper as its active ingredient. I dont mind being slightly stuffed up, but at night, having both sinuses completely obstructed is unacceptable. Ill report back when I have a better idea of what option worked best.

  43. Val says:

    Looking foward to your update!

  44. Steve L says:

    Somewhere on the web I read that for best effect, make sure you spray and breathe in with the Sinus Buster so it goes sufficiently deep enough (if necessary wait and do a second burst after the first has cleared some of your sinus.) It could be that people aren’t getting the spray far enough along your entire passageway. You will know how far you’ve sprayed by the feeling in your nose. ;) But again, I haven’t found it to be that bad. I’m sure the sensation is different for each person though, based on the varied responses about how bad the burn is.

  45. cat says:

    Chris, definitely want to hear your results!

  46. abby says:

    hey chris! how’s it going?

  47. svolan117 says:

    read my comment above yours man

  48. rubymusic1 says:

    I’ve read about pepper(active ingredient)works very well but i’m yet to try it. I find saline solution itself usually helps wean off of afrin very well. I also have a terrible problem with rebound congestion.

    Good luck with whichever you decide to use!

  49. hookedonafrin says:

    did this ever work?

  50. Majella says:

    Hey Chris,

    I’m also thinking of using the Rhinostat system to wean off Otrivine (similar to Afrin). Just wondering if you found it of any benefit?


  51. Pam says:

    What option works best or do I need to do both?

  52. Angel says:

    I also tried to natural pepper spray stuff it burns and makes your eyes water. It doesnt make my nose as clear as afrin did but it does help. I cant take nasacort becsuse im pregnant or i would do that.

  53. bill gimbel says:

    sinus buster made it worse for me

  54. Ronda says:

    Went to the doctor today and he had two interesting suggestions. Told me to try 600 mg of ibuprofen every six hours to help with the inflammation and a nasal rinse called Alkalol, which you can find at CVS. It’s a natural rinse with peppermint, eucalyptus and menthol oils.

    It’s been one day of this and I’m noticing some improvement. It’s slow, but I don’t feel like I’m going to suffocate and it’s actually quite sooting to use the Alkalol rinse

  55. TJ says:

    I’ve been on nasal spray for 3 yrs. I really need help…

  56. Katir says:

    I’m happy to have found this website….I felt like I was the only one with this problem! I’ve been using Afrin for about a year and a half now. I’ve been researching how to stop because I can’t handle not being able to breathe out of my nose. I will try the one nostril method I think.

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