Pros: Non-addictive, can be used with medicine, moisturizes nose
Cons: temporary relief, expensive salt water
This is a non-addictive nose spray that can be used on a daily basis by anyone, even newborns. We have been using OCEAN for about 5 years now. It relieves symptoms, soothes dried passages, and prevents infection.
The front of the bottle states, OCEAN is the spray recommended most by doctors coast to coast. Thats funny because our doctor was the one who recommended it to us.
It was first recommend by our daughters pediatrician for our infant that had a stuffy nose. She was only a couple weeks old at the time and medicine was not encouraged. The spray safely cleared her nasal passages and the salt reduced the likelihood of an infection.
My husband uses bottle on a regular basis. He has severe nasal congestion and the saline works wonders at keeping the area clear. When he has a cold he snores at night which I find quite annoying. If he uses this just before he goes to bed he does not snore. This is something that works instantly. If he is snoring and I wake him up hell insert some saline and returns to sleep without snoring.
I usually dont need to use it on a regular basis but once I get a cold my nasal area gets sore and swollen. This is instrumental in clearing the passage, and soothing the area. This is also useful when allergies kick in.
My husband has no problem using this but I really hate to squirt anything up my nose. I dont like the way it feels, and it has a faint smell too it. I have to be really miserable to use this. This really isn't something that you just use one time. If your nose were dry it would take a few days to re-moisturize. It does work best as a preventative measure especially when take decongestants.
This is not medicated so don't expect miracles. Salt water will not clear your nasal passages for 12 hours like medicated nasal decongestants.
The bottle is in a round white plastic bottle with 1.5 fluid ounces. It has an orange screw-off top which does not leak. The bottle is small and discrete enough to carry in a purse or briefcase. The application can be delivered in spray, stream, or drop depending on the angle that you hold the bottle. The solution is delivered by two squirts in each side of the nose as often as needed.
The ingredients are sodium chloride .65%, Phenylcarbinol & Benzalkonium Chloride as preservatives. The expiration date is three years away and a bottle tends to last awhile. These are fairly inexpensive so if I use one during a cold I usually throw it away when the cold is gone to prevent problems.
This is found in the medicine section with other nasal medications, though this is non-medicated, and usually goes for $2.00-3.00. Sometimes it can be found in a 2-pack. I ususally get the two pack so I can have a his and hers. Also two comes in handy if you need one at home and one at work. I usually find this at Wal-Mart but I have also seen the double pack at the grocery store as well.
We have used other similar salt water products like Simply Saline but this one seems to meet our needs most often. It's portable and we can always find the one with the orange lid.
This is a great product because it is non-addictive, can be used while taking medications, and used by any age. It has a great longevity, portable, and is inexpensive. Its definitely a staple in our medicine cabinet.
Fleming & Company, Pharmaceuticals
St. Louis County, Mo 63026