Oxymetazoline - topical/cutaneous

Patient Medicine Information
Why do I need this medicine?
Oxymetazoline is used to treat persistent redness of the face associated with rosacea (skin flushing or blushing usually around your nose and cheeks).
How do I use this medicine?
Apply Oxymetazoline exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not apply more often or over a larger area than instructed by your doctor.

This medicine is available as a cream in a tube or pump.

If you are using the cream in a tube, follow these steps:
  1. Wash your hands.
  2. Clean and dry your entire face before application.
  3. Rub the cream gently on your forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin until it disappears. Do not cover, wrap, or bandage your face unless instructed by the doctor.
  4. Wash your hands after using.
  5. Replace the cap of the tube.
If you are using the cream in a pump, follow these steps:
  1. Wash your hands.
  2. If you are using the cream in a pump for the first time, hold it upright, remove the cap and press down the pump a few times until the cream is dispensed. Pump 3 more times onto a tissue and dispose the tissue afterward.
  3. Press down the pump to dispense the required amount of cream on your fingertip.
  4. Using your fingertip, gently apply the cream on your forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin until it disappears. Do not cover, wrap, or bandage your face unless instructed by the doctor.
  5. Wash your hands after using.
  6. Replace the cap of the pump.
Avoid contact with your eyes or mouth. Rinse immediately with water if this medicine gets into your eyes or mouth. Alert your doctor if you start to have any problems with your eyes.
What should I do if I have forgotten to use this medicine?
Apply 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 apply your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.
What should I take note of while using this medicine?
Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:
  • blood pressure problems e.g. high or low blood pressure
  • severe, uncontrolled or unstable heart disease
  • fall in blood pressure when standing up from a sitting or lying down position
  • blood circulation problems or had suffered from a stroke
  • increased pressure in the eye
  • Raynaud’s disease (poor blood circulation which makes the toes and fingers numb and pale when feeling cold or stressed)
  • Sjogren’s syndrome (an autoimmune disease which affects the glands that make tears and saliva)
  • thromboangiitis obliterans (a rare disease of the blood vessels in the hands and feet)
  • scleroderma (an autoimmune disorder characterised by thickening of the skin)
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Do not apply Oxymetazoline on irritated skin and open wounds or sores on the face.
What side effects could I experience?
Oxymetazoline may cause any of the following side effects: worsening of facial lesions and redness, irritation, itching, or pain on the application site.

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 using creams, ointments, or other skin products on the affected area.

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 - topical/cutaneous 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 © 2021 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com
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