Oxymetazoline (OX ee me TAZ oh leen) is a nasal decongestant. This medicine is used to treat nasal congestion or a stuffy nose. This medicine will not treat an infection.
What should I tell my care team before I take this medication?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
high or low blood pressure
history of stroke
trouble urinating due to an enlarged prostate gland
an unusual or allergic reaction to oxymetazoline, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I use this medication?
This medicine is for use in the nose. Do not take by mouth. Follow the directions on the package label. Shake well before using. Use your medicine at regular intervals or as directed by your health care provider. Do not use it more often than directed. Do not use for more than 3 days in a row without advice. Make sure that you are using your nasal spray correctly. Ask your doctor or health care provider if you have any questions.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 6 years for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.
What may interact with this medication?
The medicine may interaction with the following medications:
MAOIs like isocarboxazid, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, and tranylcypromine
medicines to treat blood pressure and heart disease like ace-inhibitors, beta-blockers, calcium-channel blockers, digoxin, and diuretics
medicines to treat enlarged prostate like alfuzosin, doxazosin, prazosin, and terazosin
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medication?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
burning, stinging, or irritation in the nose right after use
increased nasal discharge
What should I watch for while using this medication?
Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse.
To prevent the spread of infection, do not share bottle with anyone else.
Where should I keep my medication?
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
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