.I am trying stop now but how do I relieve the congestion? I use it several times in a day and it helps but then I need it again in a few hours. I don't have any side effects but I understand that I shouldn't be using it constantly like I have been.
Decongestants can cause rebound congestion. Do you know why you're congested in the first place? I would try just an antihistamine and a saline nasal spray, until your body gets over the effects of the decongestion. That is if you know its nothing major causing it. If you haven't seen your doc about it that would be your first step.
Hi Frances Lynn, & welcome to the site. Drixoral is an antihistamine, that also has tylenol in it. My main concern with it is you may be getting too much tylenol using as much as you are. You need to have a talk with your prescribing doctor about this. I am giving you a link below in blue to read about this medication. If you suffer from allergies I can really relate to your use of this med. However, you must follow the directions. If it is not working for you, then your doctor must reevlauate your alleriges, & find another antihistamine that does work for you. In the meantime, you can try using a small dab of vasoline on a Q-tip at bedtime. Put in as high in each nostril as possible & rub it in after removing the Q-tip. Use a different one for each nostril in case you have a sinus infection in one side. Using the same one in each will spread it to the other side. This allows the vasoline to coat the sinus & eventually will help clear up your stuffiness.(this will take a few nights to be effective) Your doctor may want to do an x-ray to see if you may have a sinus infection too. I use Azelastine HCL, which is another prescription only nasal allergy medicine that is only used every 12 hours, & has no cortisone or tylenol in it. I have suffered with allergies for years & have tried just about everything, & this is the only one that has helped me at all. Everyone is different tho', & reacts differently to each medicine. Please don't try or start using things like Afrin nasal sprays to stop the stuffiness. They do work, but will cause what is called rebound stuffiness, which will make you use it over & over. It then basically becomes an addiction to them. One other thing you can try without a problemis called Ocean Spray, which is a saline nasal spray that basically cleans out the nasal passages. Use as directed on the bottle. Your doctor may reccomend a pill forrm of atihisatine instead of the nasal spray but these are just some thoughts to use til you can get in to see him. Please read below about your Drixoral, & I wish you the best. They are saying this is the worst year ever for alleriges, so I commiserate with you...
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