Can't breathe without sudafed nasal spray

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I've been using sudafed spray (for blocked nose) for a couple of years. I know I shouldn't use it for more than a few days, and I've seen my GP about this, but I've tried so many other sprays and nothing else seems to help. My nose gets completely blocked and I can't breathe through my nose without the spray!

I saw an ENT who said that I've got a slightly narrow air passage but not narrow enough to have the surgery. He couldn't find any other problems and suggested a spray called Dymista. I've tried this and this doesn't seem to work for me either.

I'm desperate to try something else as I'm worried about other health problems that continuous use of Sudafed could have. Does anyone know of any?

Thanks so much in advance

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    Hi Lizzy.i too have the same problem as you.the only spray that works for me is anything with oxymetazomine/xzylometazomine.otrivine is great but shop own brands are just as good.once again though not meant for long term use but what do you do when you can't breathe? I found out I was dehydrated which made my nasal congestion worse so been drinking lots of water which has really got that I was using a whole spray per day! Symptoms are improved.stay hydrated.x

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      Hi! I try and drink around 2-3 litres a day, and unfortunately it makes no difference for me. No idea what I'm supposed to do apart from using this spray which is not supposed to be used for longer than 3 days!

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    Xlear all natural. Cvs walgreens walmart etc.  

    Spray in each nostril then HANG HeAD UPSIDE DOWN.  Then Come up. Do not blow your nose.  Gently blow in to a tissue.  Very gently just to let out mucus a little at a time.   If u blow forcefully your turbinates swell causing further blockage.  

    Do 3x


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    Just wondering if anyone knows what else I can use? Will I cause myself any long term serious harm by using sudafed spray?
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