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Nasal spray addiction?

Discussion in 'Other Substances' started by Bluesman, Apr 13, 2015.

  1. Bluesman

    Bluesman Member

    Ok, so it might be a little stupid, but did any of you struggeled with nasal spray addiction? I can tell you it's quite horryfying. When you don't use spray your nose immediately closes up. Some people had even panic attacks during nights caused by suffocating. And as far as I know there's no way to deal with it but to go straight cold turkey.
  2. AFKATafcar

    AFKATafcar Community Champion

    I've never struggled with a nasal addiction myself. I know a couple of people that once had mild addictions to nasal sprays, and they couldn't stop using them, but they had prescription sprays for health conditions. So they wound up with even more potent highs and had a little trouble stopping. You're right about stopping cold turkey, and it's tough for most people.
  3. lgdg090596

    lgdg090596 Senior Contributor

    That's a weird case. I've never heard of anyone have a nasal spray addiction.
  4. amethyst

    amethyst Community Champion

    It sounds really messy. I've never come across it myself, but I guess one can get addicted to just about anything. I wonder what kind of "high" or sensation you get from nasal sprays that make you reach for it again and again.
  5. Carmilla

    Carmilla Active Contributor

    I've never really heard of somebody being addicted to nasal sprays, but I can see how it could be addicting, like anything.
  6. serpes

    serpes Member

    Yes, my mother has the same problem about 5 years ago. Due to a severe allergy, the doctor prescribed this medicine. The doctor never bothered to mention that it could cause addiction. We read on the prospect when it was too late. Quitting was real hard for my mother because of the suffocating sensation that Bluesman mentioned.
  7. hc201bp2b

    hc201bp2b Member

    Like @Carmilla I've never struggled with nasal spray addiction but I could see how one could become infatuated with the product. I was, at one point, using my Flonase spray six to eight times a day to quell my allergies during those long spring days where pollen was abundant in the air and on the trees. Luckily, I think I have grown out of my allergies for the most part and usually only need my nasal spray a few times a year.
  8. vegito12

    vegito12 Community Champion

    I have not been addicted to this, as it is only used for nose which is blocked or other use but this is a interesting thing to be addicted to as most people don't get interested in this sort of thing. I think the limit should be known and also it can be, something which can be misused as well very easily. I hope, people don't get used to the nasal spray and it can cause the person to be addicted to it and also cause damage to the brain as well.
  9. zaerine

    zaerine Community Champion

    I have not experienced such kind of addiction. Maybe it was just psychological that they think they cannot breath anymore without using it. There should be a need to condition the mind of find for an alternative cure to avoid too much depending on it.
  10. xTinx

    xTinx Community Champion

    This is also the first time I'm hearing of that kind of addiction. From the looks of it, what you have is a psychological dependence on nasal spray. Such dependence ended up affecting your health and your overall emotional security. You have to be strong enough to say no to the temptation or go to therapy. There isn't any known cure for nasal spray addiction at the moment but behavioral alteration.
  11. katherine25

    katherine25 Senior Contributor

    Before I met my husband he had an addiction to nasal spray. He started using it when his allergies would kick in and it got to the point where even when allergy season was over he still needed the spray or else he couldn't breath. I think he was going through a bottle a day it was so bad! The only way to cut it out is to quit cold turkey and its hard!
  12. IrishHeather

    IrishHeather Active Contributor

    Oh yes... I have struggled with this addiction on and off. I am super claustrophobic and start having panic attacks when I can not breath. A couple of the posters asked if you get a high from this... The only high I have ever got was the flood of relief when I could breath again. From what I understand it is a physical addiction. You body gets used to having an outside source take care of something that the brain naturally regulates. I have found that the best way to stop is to let your body gradually take back over... span the time that you use the nasal spray out further and further each time. It is a bit miserable to stop but makes you feel so much better when you do!
  13. Adrianna

    Adrianna Community Champion

    Yeah, I've had this one. I realized that it actually perpetuated the problem. Switch to saline spray. You will be able to get off of it. Interestingly enough slowly you won't need any of it anymore.
  14. Nergaahl

    Nergaahl Community Champion

    When I get sick my nose gets clogged up pretty bad. It's even worse because I have polyps and this makes the suffocating sensation even worse. I use nasal spray every hour because I feel like nothing would work for me. Therefore, I can say that I am "addicted" to it only when I'm sick. But I do know how it feels.
  15. L_B

    L_B Community Champion

    I have known a few people with this addiction. It is real. It got to a point where they couldn't breath without it. They slowly weaned their selves off it.
  16. kgord

    kgord Community Champion

    Well it goes to show you people can addicted to just about anything. I guess it started for a reason, became a habi,t, hen a dependency and blossomed into an addiction. It is one of the options that you need. It is one of the things that you can find when you are looking at addiction. It is not surprising really.
  17. djolem

    djolem Senior Contributor

    I have a close friend who uses that spray thing. I don't know the name, something like Olynth. Anyway, I didn't know he was using it and once I was at his place and saw a bottle near his bed. When I asked what is wrong with him, because I didn't know he was sick. He said he was not sick but he is using it in order to fall asleep. Apparently, he has trouble to breathe when he doesn't take these. So, I asked him what did the doctor say and he replied he never went to see one. He just realized this helps and he never let to be out of it. I believe it is a sort of addiction. He told me once he forgot to buy it and he couldn't sleep, literally.
  18. serenity

    serenity Community Champion

  19. danjon

    danjon Senior Contributor

    I actually knew someone who was addicted to Vick's vapor rub. She couldn't leave the house without a bottle for fear that she'd need to inhale some to clear her sinuses.

    I think in this case the issue is more one of obsessive-compulsive behavior, rather than a strict "addiction", but the issue definitely needs addressing if it's having a negative impact on someone's life.
  20. Tremmie

    Tremmie Community Champion

    I had heard about this kind of addiction before, but to be honest I had no idea what it was like. I can imagine how awful it can be to wake up in the middle of the night not being able to breathe through your nostrils :( That sounds so scary! Luckily I never got addicted to nasal sprays, even though I got those prescribed often.