The expert said that vasoconstrictive drugs, which are most often used for a runny nose, can cause heart problems and also cause addiction. This was reported by the Spanish newspaper El Confidencial.
The publication refers to the otolaryngologist of the Clinical Hospital of Santiago de Compostela and a member of the Spanish Society of Otolaryngology and Surgery of the head and Neck Christian Calvo. He noted the danger of nasal sprays and talked about how the mechanism of dependence on them works.
“In the first days, the drug works perfectly, the nasal mucosa narrows, freeing up space and allowing you to breathe better. However, it soon causes a recoil syndrome. In other words, when the effect of the drug weakens, the mucosa swells even more. Therefore, the medicine must be reused. So there is a vicious circle”
The doctor also noted that the use of these drugs provokes high blood pressure, stroke, and may also contribute to the appearance of perforation of the nasal septum. According to the doctor, you can get rid of addiction only with the help of willpower.