Did you know that you could become addicted to over the counter nasal sprays? It’s true, as crazy as it sounds. If you use certain nasal sprays for over five days (generally), you develop a tolerance toward the effectiveness of the decongestant.

Just like stronger drugs, if you’ve built up a tolerance to the nasal spray, you might begin to require additional doses, more often to feel its effects. Then, once you stop using the spray, your nasal passages become congested all over again, sometimes worse than they were to begin with. So while it’s not exactly a debilitating addiction, you can become reliant on the decongestant sprays.

This is often referred to as a nasal spray addiction; however, the proper name is rebound congestion.

Overusing a decongestant can lead to a chronic nasal congestion called rhinitis medicamentosa. When you use some decongestant sprays for longer than five days, and then you stop using it, it causes significant nasal obstruction that may be severe and long lasting. This nasal obstruction then requires the use of a nasal decongestant that then makes the obstruction worse if usage was stopped, creating a vicious cycle.

The best way to treat this problem is to stop using the decongestant sprays. It’s important not to fall back to using decongestant sprays due to severe rebound congestions (withdrawal period). A way to deal with this is to receive prescription steroid sprays, which aren’t addictive, or use a saline solution. Xlear nasal spray is a saline solution, which means it’s non-addictive and clears the nasal passageway of airborne contaminants. Xlear also contains xylitol, which helps moisturize and soothe the nasal cavity. Saline nasal sprays can be used as often as needed without any concerns for side effects and have been proven to be useful when it comes to preventing relapse.

Xlear’s saline nasal spray with xylitol is available in stores nationwide and available online through our shop.

Rebound Congestion and Nasal Spray Addiction
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