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Oxymetazoline - Nasal - Patient Medicine Information

> Why do I need this medicine?
> How do I use this medicine?
> What should I do if I have forgotten to use this medicine?
> When should I not use this medicine?
> What should I take note of while using this medicine?
> What side effects could I experience?
> Can I use this with other medicines?
> How should I store this medicine?

 
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Why do I need this medicine?

Oxymetazoline is used to treat blocked nasal passage due to allergies, hay fever or common cold.

How do I use this medicine?

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 drop or as a solution in nasal spray.

How to use nasal drops:

1. Blow your nose gently before using the drops.
2. Shake the bottle well.
3. Tilt your head back and instill the recommended dose into the affected nose. Keep your head tilted for a few minutes to allow the medicine to spread throughout the nose.

How to use nasal spray:

1. If you are using the nasal spray for the first time, remove the cap and press the pump a few times until you produce an even spray.
2. Shake the bottle well.
3. Blow your nose gently before using the spray.
4. With your head upright, spray the medicine into the affected nostril and inhale at the same time.
5. Wipe and clean the spray after using.

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.

What should I do if I have forgotten to use this medicine?

Administer 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.

When should I not use this medicine?

Alert your doctor if you have the following conditions:

- inflammation or lesions of the skin around the nostril
- surgery in the nose
- glaucoma (increased pressure in the eye)
as Oxymetazoline may not be suitable for you.

Do not give this medicine to children below 6 years old unless instructed to do so by the doctor.

What should I take note of while using this medicine?

Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:

- prostate enlargement or difficulty urinating
- thyroid disease
- heart disease
- diabetes

Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Avoid having this medicine get into your eyes. If the solution or mist gets into your eyes, flush it with clean water. See a doctor quickly if there is pain, discomfort, blurred vision or any problems with your eyesight after the solution or mist enters your eyes.

What side effects could I experience?

Oxymetazoline may cause any of the following side effects: sneezing, dryness, discomfort or irritation of the nose and dry mouth or throat.

If you use this medicine for too long or more often than instructed, it may cause rebound congestion (swelling of the nasal passages).

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.

Can I use this with other medicines?

Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:

- medicines for depression e.g. phenelzine, tranylcypromine
- medicines for Parkinson's disease (a brain disease that affects movement) e.g bromocriptine
- medicines for migraine e.g. ergotamine
- medicines for heart disease e.g. reserpine, guanethidine

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.

How should I store this medicine?

Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.

This information is independently developed by MIMS based on Oxymetazoline - Nasal and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2019 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com

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