Posted 11/15/2007 1:31 PM (GMT -7)
If you have sjogrens, you might ask about taking Evoxac, a newer drug similar to Salagen, but it is better I think. I had bad chronic dry sinus, esp. up north due to heat, and in addition to helping me produce more saliva, it increases the moisture in my eyes and apparently nasal passages because it has totally fixed my chronic dry sinus and sinusitis. I think it might just do the trick for you. It takes about a month I think to totally be fully effective, but I definitely noticed more moisture with almost the first dose. Also, it helped my gi tract for a long while by providing a little extra moisture there as well.
In the mean time, my mom takes a special overthecounter homeopathic nasal spray and she and our family do not believe in homeopathic meds, but shes been to mayo for reconstructive surgery (she got iin a bad car wreck when I was little and she has a lot of silicon in her face and nose) and she has really serious serious problems and she said that this nasal spray really was a miracle for moisture. It has some ingredient in it that is great. I will get the name tonight and post it for you. She has done everything from making her own nasal sprays to trying everything prescription and nonprescription and she said this spray is really unique.
I occasionally use flonase if I feel a head cold coming on to open the passages and reduce swelling to allow more moisture to flow. I try to keep a bottle around to prevent head colds.
I hate that dry nose feeling and feel for you and will let you know tonight the name of the spray she uses. I should know anyway because I may need it sometime. Also, I would ask for the evoxac if you feel you can take it. I was reluctant to be on yet another med, but even with my bad liver I can take it, though I take less than most people, and it is worth it for no bad side effects and pretty total relief of many sjogrens symptoms. My eyes are doing better and teeth and gi and nose. Its worth it for the nose alone. Redrose mentioned it in a recent post. You cant' take if pregnant.
--Doctors are men who prescribe medicines of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less in human beings of whom they know nothing.--Voltaire (1694-1778)
Ills--Sjogrens-Lupus-like AI Disease, Hashis, Vitiligo, spinal stenosis/fusion with plate, salivary/lymphectomies, Diabetes, NAFLD, COPD, RLS, neuropathy, trigonitis, hystero, diffuse brain atrophy
Meds--Plaquenil, Evoxac, Metformin, Synthroid, HCTZ, Estradiol patch, Prosed, Klonopin, Soma, Ultram, Vicodin, Restasis, Albuterol,steroid injections, Protopic & Triamcinolone Acetonide ointments