Do Generic Brand Nasal Strips Really Work?

Generic nasal strips

If you have done much research at all about snoring and anti-snoring products, then you likely know that nasal strips are kind of a big deal. They are often the go-to starting treatment for snoring, for a few different reasons.

For one, they are inexpensive. You can usually buy a month’s worth for less than $20. Two, they are easy to use. You just peel off the adhesive and stick them to your nose. And third, unlike many other stop snoring devices, you can buy them almost anywhere. You can pick them up at most major retail chain stores, and at almost any pharmacy.

But this brings us to an interesting topic that deserves some discussion. We all know that there are some name brand nasal strips (Breathe Right strips are perhaps the best well-known), but there are also usually some generic-brands sitting right on the same shelf.

So the question is worth asking… do the generic brand nasal strips really work as well as the name-brand, or should you save your money and just go for the more expensive, but proven option?

Well, one of our contributors recently gave the generic version a try, and in this post we will relay to you the experiences that he relayed to us. Here is, in his own words, what he experienced after buying and using a box of generic-brand anti-snoring nasal strips.

My Experience Buying And Using Generic-Brand Anti-Snoring Nasal Strips

CVS Health nasal strips

Recently, I have been experiencing a new and somewhat ‘unexpected’ bout with snoring. I used to snore quite a bit, and have used a number of different types of remedies to treat it in the past. But over the past year or so, I’ve actually lost a lot of weight—so my snoring problems greatly diminished, to the point where I discontinued the use of a lot of different anti-snoring products that I used to use.

Somewhere around this same period of time, I also moved. I changed cities, and decided to get rid of a lot of stuff that I didn’t need, so that the move would be easier and less expensive. So not even thinking that I would need any of my old snoring devices again, I decided to discard them.

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As it turns out, this might have been a mistake!

After moving and setting up my new house, I began to notice a few things. I started to realize that I was becoming increasingly fatigued during the day, that I was taking more naps than usual, and that I was ending up more tired far earlier than I used to when evening finally arrived.

I also noticed that I was having a bit of trouble focusing on my work—which was not at all something that usually happened. Around this same time, I decided to give up drinking energy drinks and switched to coffee in an attempt to reduce the amount of sugar that I was consuming on a daily basis—and at first, I blamed my lack of focus on my new reduced energy-drink consumption.

But as a few months went by, I began to realize that this was probably not the case.

I also caught myself waking up from time to time, feeling like I was snoring—and I knew that this was a bad sign. Either I was snoring again, or I was suffering from sleep apnea again… though I will admit that this didn’t feel nearly as bad as my snoring used to feel.

My girlfriend also reported that I had indeed started snoring again… so I decided to be proactive and to try to do something about it. Kicking myself for throwing away my snoring aids that I used to use, I went to my local CVS and looked at what they had available on short notice.

All that they really had were nasal strips. They had the name brands, of course—but for about $5 less per box, they also had their own generic store-brand product that looked to be about the same thing.

My curiosity aroused, I bought a box of 26, extra-strength, CVS brand nasal strips. Altogether, I got the whole box for about $11, which was quite a bit cheaper than the leading name-brand.

And with that, I went home to give them a try. Here is what happened.

Night Number 1:

After reading the instructions, I applied my first strip the night I bought them before heading to bed. I immediately noticed that my nose was starting to itch underneath the strip, but much to my relief, this went away pretty quickly.

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I also noticed that my nasal passages felt more ‘open,’ so I knew that the strip was working the right way… at least for now.

I slept well. In fact, for the first time in many weeks of nights, I was able to go right to sleep without ‘waking myself up’ with my own snoring. My girlfriend also reported complete silence, which I was happy about.

I woke up feeling pretty refreshed too! So yeah. So far, so good!

Night Number 2:

I used them for the second night with very similar success. In fact, the first night I was perhaps a little careful not to lay on my side, as I was worried that I would ‘rub the strip off.’ But on this night, I went ahead and slept on my side as usual. And it went perfectly fine.

No snoring. No waking myself up. No problem.

Night Number 3:

I applied the strip as usual at the beginning of night number 3, but my girlfriend told me that I did snore a little bit over the course of the night this time. I checked the strip in the morning, and found that a small bit of one side had managed to peel itself off of my face. I was not sure if this was to blame or not, but it did happen.

I asked her if my snoring had been bad, and she said no. It was quiet… much quieter than it usually was.


Altogether, these strips ended up being a hit. I will probably go ahead and re-invest in an MAD at some point (face-palm, especially after throwing my old one out). But in the mean-time, I can use these, and they barely cost me anything (I figured it up, and they cost about exactly $0.42 per night… which is quite inexpensive).

So yeah. All things considered, the generic-brand nasal strips are not too bad. They might not work for very severe snoring or sleep apnea. But for my purposes, they were a convenient and inexpensive win.

Updated 30.11.2018


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