10 years ago I used such drops all the time. I read many times in the instructions about the negative effects of their long-term use. And once I decided and stopped buying and using them. It was difficult to do, but gradually I got used to it.
Fleming's ointment and willpower helped. I didn't want to use hormones. The ointment is non-addictive and contains natural ingredients. I recommend.
I had to give up during pregnancy. The doctor forbade. Prescribed Fleming ointment. Acts, but not as fast as vasoconstrictor. In general, life makes it easier.
Honestly, I'm in shock ... on the drops of 7 years for sure, I don't even remember how it all started. Every day I sprinkled it several times and could not imagine life without them .. but a week ago there was a desire to finally change something (quarantine, by the way, is such an opportunity). just took the spray and threw it away. 2 days I was tormented, breathed through my mouth, it’s unpleasant, but you can live) and you won’t believe on day 3 I woke up and everything was ok, it felt like my nose was already dripping, no congestion) I was surprised and how stupid I was, sitting on it. and now it is day 10, and I breathe calmly, but I don’t even remember drops and sprays) it all depends on desire! Good luck, everything will work out
I went through this. Squeeze willpower into a fist and not take these ill-fated drops. A couple of days of discomfort, then everything will be easier and easier. If you do not succeed on your own, you can turn to an otolaryngologist for help - you will be assigned a course of painless procedures in physical room.
Just quit dripping and that's it. For 2 years I have used large amounts of nose drops. To be patient for 3-4 days, then the nose slowly begins to breathe on its own. By the way, now sometimes I myself get hooked on them during a runny nose, but this is no longer so critical. I stop using them again and endure.
In general, I'll tell you a little strange, but effective way. You need to buy drops called "Nasonex". They help a lot and after a while after using them you will feel relief in your nose.
Amendment. Perhaps I will give a more scientific answer. With prolonged use of any vasoconstrictor nasal drugs from the group of alpha-adrenoreceptor agonists, after a while, there is a loss of receptor sensitivity to the drug, i.e. resistance, which is why you have to increase the dosage. Do not listen to doctors who recommend changing your oxymetazoline to xylometazoline or vice versa in any combination. Only drugs of another group (glucocorticosteroids / antihistamines) will help. Hydrocortisone is an extremely outdated drug. There is much more effective drugs with a long duration of action. For example, fluticosan. I think that if you, for example, have been living for 25 years on drops / semen from nasal congestion, this is a reason to think about surgical intervention to remove the overgrown mucosa. Now this can be done and with a laser.
With long-term use of cold remedies containing xylometazalin, addiction to the nasal mucosa occurs. Oga is associated with the fact that the vessels of the mucous membrane, knowing that they will now begin to narrow, expand in advance. After all, they need to somehow do their job and supply your nose with blood. Therefore, they just need to be reassured. This can be done with a hydrocortisone spray or ointment. It will relieve swelling and help to get off ximilin, which cannot be used for more than 3 days in a row.
Throw it out and endure. I used to live only with nasal drops, but I came across an article about what this can lead to, and for a long time I tried to get off them. The first week I slept sitting at night, because when I went to bed, my nose was stuffy, and during the day I walked with headaches. Washing and inhalation did not help at all. I found an asterisk for a cold in my parents' first aid kit. This miracle cure helped me cope with addiction. But, of course, you shouldn't get carried away either, use it only in critical cases.