Less is more with nasal spray decongestants

To get the most (but not too much) out of your nasal spray decongestant, moderation is key. Keep these tips in mind:

  • If you want quick relief of your nasal congestion, sprays work the fastest. Decongestant pills that are swallowed work for a longer period of time than the sprays, but they take longer before they start working.
  • Try using saline sprays first. If saline does not relieve your nasal congestion, then try nasal spray decongestants.
  • Always use the fewest of nasal sprays that will relieve your nasal congestion.
  • Always use nasal spray decongestants as infrequently as possible (for example, only when absolutely necessary).
  • Use your nasal spray decongestant for no longer than 5 days in a row. These sprays are not intended for long-term use, since they can cause rebound nasal congestion, a condition known as "rhinitis medicomentosa."
  • If you have any questions, please consult your pharmacist or healthcare professional to see if a spray would work for you.

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