Addiction can come in many forms, and sometimes it can be difficult to recognize. When you picture addiction, there’s a good chance that you imagine amphetamines, opioids, or alcohol. These substances are all addictive, and addictions to them may be more common than other addictions. It may also be that the addictions we listed get more media coverage. Regardless, these are not the only things it’s possible to develop an addiction or dependency for. Flonase and other nasal decongestant sprays can be habit-forming and even addictive. Recognizing your dependency and considering substance abuse treatments is imperative to your recovery.
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Is Flonase Addictive?
There are a few different types of nasal spray, but Flonase in particular, is a type of steroid. It’s designed to fight inflammation in your sinus cavity caused by allergies or cold symptoms. A corticosteroid like Flonase can be used to treat hives, rashes, and asthma and are most effective at nasal allergy symptoms. Steroid-based nasal decongestants can carry a few side effects, including nosebleeds, headaches, slow growth in children and teens, and cataracts and other eye conditions.
Some other nasal decongestants use active ingredients such as oxymetazoline and pseudoephedrine. If you use either type of spray daily, you can develop a dependency known as “rebound congestion,” where you may find that you need to use the spray more often to get the intended effect. When you begin using a nasal spray, the blood vessels in your nose will shrink, and once the medicine has worn off, the nasal tissue will enlarge again and sometimes swell to larger than the original size.
Flonase Addiction and You
When you use a nasal spray over a long period of time, you run the risk of damaging your nasal tissue. If you think you may be developing a dependency, you should cease your use and consider getting professional help. When using a nasal spray, it’s smart to use it no more than twice a day for three days. Otherwise, manage allergy symptoms with medication, under instruction from a doctor, or try a neti pot. Symptoms of Flonase addiction, rebound congestion, or a dependency on nasal spray may include:
- Feeling as if your nasal decongestant spray no longer works for you
- Returning feelings of sinus congestion soon after using a nasal spray
- Noticing you’re using the spray more than is recommended on the label
- Feeling the need to use the spray to be able to breathe regularly
While not everyone will experience all these symptoms and their intensity will vary, it’s vital to be aware of them and seek support if they arise.
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