I became dependant on over-the-counter nasal sprays a few years ago, and a friend gave me the best tip--use a saline nasal spray to help you get off of them (if you haven't totally been able to do so by now.) You won't become dependant on the saline nasal sprays, like Ocean, and they work. To get off of the over-the-counter sprays, I used Ocean for as long as I could, until I couldn't take the nasal congestion anymore. Then, I would use the over-the-counter spray. By using Ocean for as long as I could, I found that I was able to start cutting back on the over-the-counter sprays, until one day I was able to quit them. I know how hard it is, and I was so glad that my friend gave me this tip because it really worked for me.