Oxymetazoline helps relieve symptoms of congested or blocked nose associated with allergies, hay fever, common cold, or inflamed sinuses and middle ear.
Use Oxymetazoline exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not use more or less than instructed by your doctor.
This medicine is available as a solution in nasal drops or as a solution in nasal spray.
How to use the nasal drops:
- Blow your nose gently to clear your nostrils before using the drops.
- Shake the bottle well.
- Tilt your head back and close one nostril with your finger. Hold the dropper or metered pipette straight and upright, placing the dropper tip into the other nostril.
- Instill the required dose into the nostril. Keep your head tilted for a few minutes to allow the medicine to spread into the nose.
- Repeat steps to instill into the other nostril.
- After each use, wipe and cap the nasal drops.
How to use the nasal spray:
- If you are using the nasal spray for the first time, remove the cap and press the pump several times until you produce an even spray.
- Shake the bottle well.
- Blow your nose gently before using the spray.
- With your head upright, spray the medicine into the nostril and inhale at the same time.
- Repeat steps to spray into the other nostril.
- Wipe the nozzle with a clean tissue and cap the nasal spray after using it.
Make sure you know how to use your nasal drops or spray. If you have problems or do not understand the instructions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Do not share your nasal spray or drops with others as it could spread infection.
Avoid any contact of the solution drops or spray mist with your eyes. Rinse immediately with water if this medicine accidentally gets into your eyes. Alert your doctor if you start to have any problems with your eyesight.
Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.
DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.
If you often forget to use your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.
Alert your doctor if you have the following conditions:
- acute coronary disease (narrowing of the blood vessels of the heart)
- asthma caused by heart disease
- inflammation or lesions of the inside lining or skin around the nose
- dryness of the inside lining of the nose
- had nasal surgery
- had surgery to remove your pituitary gland
- increased pressure in the eye
- phaeochromocytoma (rare tumour of the adrenal gland causing high blood pressure)
as this medicine may not be suitable for you.
Do not use Oxymetazoline if you are currently taking or have taken a medicine that is used to treat depression known as a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) such as isocarboxazid, phenelzine and tranylcypromine in the last 14 days.
Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:
- high blood pressure
- heart disease e.g. chest pain
- narrowing or blockage of the artery in the legs
- thyroid disease
- prostate enlargement
- bladder obstruction e.g. difficulty passing urine
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Be sure to check with your doctor or pharmacist before giving Oxymetazoline to a child. Children may be more sensitive to the side effects.
This medicine is not recommended to be used for too long or more often than instructed by your doctor.
Oxymetazoline may cause any of the following side effects: headache, eye irritation, sneezing, nausea, difficulty sleeping, runny nose, burning or stinging sensation of the nose, and dryness of the nose, mouth or throat.
Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Do not use Oxymetazoline if you are currently taking or have taken a medicine that is used to treat depression known as a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) such as isocarboxazid, phenelzine, and tranylcypromine in the last 14 days.
Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:
- medicines for high blood pressure e.g. metoprolol, methyldopa, guanethidine
- medicines to treat depression e.g. amitriptyline, imipramine
- medicines for migraine e.g. ergotamine, methysergide
- bromocriptine (medicine for Parkinson's disease)
- medicines to treat heart disease known as cardiac glycosides e.g. digoxin
This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Oxymetazoline.
Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Protect from light.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.