Xylometazoline is indicated for the alleviation of nasal congestion attributed to diverse conditions encompassing the common cold, sinusitis, allergic rhinitis, and hay fever. Its mechanism of action involves the constriction of blood vessels within the nasal region, thereby diminishing inflammation and congestion.
Uses and Dosage
Gently clear your nasal passages by blowing your nose prior to employing this medication. Employ your fingertip to seal the nostril on the side that won’t be receiving the medication. While maintaining an upright head posture, insert the spray nozzle into the unobstructed nostril. Administer the medication into the nostril as you inhale through your nose. Inhale forcefully a few times to ensure that the medication penetrates deep into the nasal cavity. If necessary, repeat these steps for the opposite nostril.
Caution should be exercised to prevent misting the medication into the eyes or onto the central area of the nasal septum.
Following each usage, rinse the spray nozzle with hot water or wipe it using a clean tissue. Ensure that no water enters the container. Securely replace the cap after each application.
This medication imparts only temporary relief. Adhere to the prescribed frequency and duration of use, refraining from excessive application, extra sprays, or prolonged usage, as these actions could heighten the risk of adverse effects. Moreover, the medication should not be used for more than three consecutive days, as it could lead to a phenomenon known as rebound congestion. Symptoms of rebound congestion encompass persistent redness and swelling inside the nasal passages, accompanied by escalated nasal discharge. Should such symptoms emerge, discontinue the use of this medication and seek counsel from your doctor or pharmacist.
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention:
- burning and stinging of the nose
- dryness of the nose
- rebound congestion (worsening congestion as a result of overusing the medication)
- trouble sleeping
Inform your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any serious side effects:
- high blood pressure
- palpitations (heartbeat that is fast, irregular, or pounding)
- difficulty breathing
- swelling of face or throat
Before initiating the use of this nasal decongestant, ensure to inform your healthcare provider or pharmacist about any pre-existing allergies to it, other sympathomimetic agents (such as pseudoephedrine), or any other known allergens. The formulation might comprise inert constituents that could potentially incite allergic reactions or other complications.
If you are dealing with any of the subsequent health conditions, consult your doctor or pharmacist prior to utilizing this product: cardiovascular disorders, diseases affecting the heart or blood vessels, hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid), diabetes, high blood pressure, or difficulties in urination due to an enlarged prostate.
The potential for heightened sensitivity to the side effects of this drug among children necessitates careful consideration. Review the product packaging or engage in a consultation with your doctor or pharmacist to ascertain whether this nasal spray is suitable for pediatric use.
During pregnancy, the application of this medication should be restricted to situations where it is unequivocally necessary. The risks and benefits associated with its use during pregnancy should be discussed with your doctor.
The extent to which this drug passes into breast milk remains unknown. Consult your doctor before making decisions about breastfeeding while utilizing this medication.
Form and Strength
Otrivin Nasal Spray is available in the following forms and strengths:
Otrivin Nasal Spray nasal spray:
How often can you use Otrivin Nasal Spray?
Do not use this medication for more than 3 days or it may cause a condition called rebound congestion.
How long does it take for Otrivin Nasal Spray to work?
Otrivin is sprayed directly into the nose, and straight to the source of the problem. So they get working in as little as 2 minutes.