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Is there any alternative medicine for otrivin?

Sir,I need ayurvedic/ herbal/ unani, nasal decongestant which can replace otrivin .Otrivin is a very good medicine but it has rebound effect ,so i want to replace it with something less harmfull. Saline solution doesnt work for a long time,moisturising my nose helps but only till the nose is moisturized.I need nasal decongestant especially at night for a restful sleep.
Asked On : Mon, 11 Mar 2013
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Hi and thanks for your query,
Otrivine is a local anti histamine, and offcourse with prolonged use could have rebound effects. However, I am glad to inform you that, if i your case you find yourself almost depending on otirvine, there are other many drug options that could actually replace otrivine, with long lasting effects and efficacy.
It certainly implies you should be having allergic rhinitis. A chronic sinusitis too needs to be excluded for other systemic drugs or local acting long effect drugs like local steroids to be prescribed. These drugs when taking appropriately reduce symptoms and actually increase and improve quality of life in patients with allergic rhinitis.
I suggest you take an appointment with an ENT surgeon. He might be of real help, first by examining you to exclude other pathologies, like polyps and sinusitis, and secondly, prescribing appropriate effective drugs, in case , its exclusively allergic rhinitis.
Thanks for the question and hope this helps,
Luchuo, MD>
Answered: Mon, 11 Mar 2013
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Ayurveda Specialist Dr. Rajesh Lakhanpaul's  Response
Dear sidhu.geetanjali
Instead of having temporary effect it is better to cure the formation of phlegum so that there is no congestion at all. It is in majority of cases due to allergy and we have to raise the immunity of the body to prevent allergic attacks. In such case use of maha lakshami vilas ras swarn yukt is recommended to be taken internally. Use of turmeric in milk and taken hot prevents nasal congestion and formation of phlegum.
In ayurveda we recommend steam inhalation with euclyptus oil as it loosens the sticky mucosa and expels it easily.
There is a procedure in ayurveda that we call nasya. In this facial massage is done with medicated oil to losen the mucus present in sinuses and then two three drops of special oil is instituted in nasal fold. This clears the track from all sorts of congestion permanently.
As far as your question relating to substitute to otrivin is concerned the drug is named shad bindu tail, just institute one drop each nostril initially, gradually it can be extended upto six drops as and when needed.
Dr. Rajesh Lakhanpaul
Answered: Mon, 11 Mar 2013
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Ayurveda Specialist Dr. Munish Sood's  Response
1.'Bruhan Nasya" this type of nasal drops containing shatavari,ashwagandha, medicated with ghee,milk, or oil and is/are used as ayurveda decongestant and better and safer replacement than otrivin.
Answered: Tue, 12 Mar 2013
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General & Family Physician Dr. Himanshu Pandey's  Response
Hi sidhu! If nasal congestion try to remove the underline cause, consult with ENT doctor. Cause sooner or later any nasal drop will give you same side effect. Take care.
Answered: Mon, 11 Mar 2013
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