I have been on Lexapro twice in my life and am so frustrated with the nasal congestion! Both times shortly after beginning the medication it starts out like a cold where I have a lot of mucous and am blowing my nose often, can't smell, taste, etc. Then it's like my nose dries up but my nose is still blocked. This has been all day long for months. I have literally tried every OTC med there is and nothing works. The odd time sudafed will work but not every time. It is so very frustrating as I can't taste my food. I decided due to all the side effects I was having I would taper down and get off Lex. I now have the blocked nose in the morning and night but have a bit of relief during the middle of the day. I am hoping and praying this goes away with time. If anyone has experienced this and has any suggestions, please let me know. Thank you!
marthalove; Yes in the list of side effects these are listed as common, ON this site Drugs.com (((runny nose shivering sneezing sore throat stuffy nose******** A good remady for this is stop at your pharmacy and pick up a bottle of Ocean spray or a generic which is just a nasal saline solution use it regular until the problem is gone then try it as needed And there is nothing in it to hurt you so just follow the directions on the bottle. Have a good day.
Marthalove; Try the saline spray first, If that does not help get some Nasacort spray now that you can get it over the counter you don't have to worry about it being a cortisone there is not enough to do anything bad unless you use to much over a long period of time. You want to use it when you can get air through the nose and it well start taking down the inflammation that is causing your problem also feel free to talk with the Pharmacist. DO NOT USE THE PRODUCT AFRIN OR IT'S GENERIC it well open your nose but it can be very addicting if you use more or for longer than 4 days you well be into worse shape than you are now.
11 Nov 2015
Thank you for all your responses!! I have tried Nasacort and it helped at first, however no the second or third time. I have tried using a saline sinus rinse, but not they spray. Is there a difference? The one I have tried is the saline sinus rinse. It literally does nothing for me. If the spray is different I will definitely give it a try. Thank you!! One one other question if anyone can help. I started experiencing this a few months into taking lexapro and now continues during my taper off. I get a sore neck and have this sort of clunk when I swallow. Like a lump or something. I mostly notice it in the mornings when I am lying in bed but it is very irritating. Also my throat feels like it is closed somewhat and when I swallow something on the bigger side it hurts a bit. This comes and goes. Has anyone experienced this? Thank you!! :)
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