I thought I'd write down my recovery from oxymetazoline hydrochloride (Otrivine/Afrin) Addiction.
I made a decision to stop using on 28th February 2018 in the afternoon.
Bought myself some Sudafed tablets, Piriton Tablets (Drowsy Histamine) & Pirinase Spray. Had some naseptine steriod cream. I had tried quitting 2 years ago, but let go within 4 hours.
Also got some breathe easy strips. Get the good ones. Don't know how much they helped, but any help was good help.
Let's be honest. The medicines take a while to kick in. You need to be determined.
1.30 PM - Quit Using
3.30 PM - Both nostrils clogged (Cement Nose)
Learnt how to flush my nose with Saline water. Not much help.
I kept up most nights as my right nostril was almost always blocked. But I didn't give in. Sipped hot decaff coffee, watched tele.
6PM - Left nostril stays open most of the day now and right nostril was closed only in the evening.
Bought a squeeze bottle to flush my nose. Works easy as right nostril was still cement blocked, but the pressure helped the water go through.
Left Nostril was almost always open during the nights. If I slept on my left side, my right nostril opened up half way and left closed half way. That'd do for the next week.
1PM - Left nostril blocked again, but I could breathe about 5-10% from my left nostril while sitting in a meeting.
Got Antihistamine spray from my dr. & nasal spray beclomethasone. Used both individually and in combination multiple times a day over the next week. Both nostrils now stay open most of the time.
12th, 13th February 2018.
Both nostrils now stay open all day long, operating at left - 100%, right 80-90%. Doesn't even bother me in the day now.
1AM - I'm almost considering using ortivine in my right nose. But I hang in. Read more forums, get more hope from others. Just then I felt my right nostril open up ever so slightly.
Slept for straight 6 hours for the first time in 17 days.
3.30 PM - Had a nice nap for 2 hours. Left nostril 80% open, right nostril 30-40% open.
Fingers crossed, it's getting better.
Hope this helps someone. I'll try and post more if I can.
This is a horrible legal addiction. Please stop using it.
God bless you