Claritin Allergic Congestion Relief
oxymetazoline nasal spray
In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|02243690 ||CLARITIN ALLERGIC CONGESTION RELIEF 0.05% INHALATION SOLUTION|
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
Oxymetazoline belongs to a group of medications called decongestants. It is used in a nasal spray for the relief of symptoms of nasal congestion caused by the common cold and allergic disorders such as hayfever, sinusitis (inflammation of the sinuses), and year-round allergies. It works by narrowing the blood vessels in the lining of the nose. This helps to clear the symptoms of congestion.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
How should I use this medication?
The recommended dose of oxymetazoline nasal spray for adults and children over 12 years of age is 2 or 3 sprays into each nostril every 10 to 12 hours, as needed. Do not exceed the recommended dosage on the product label. Rinse the spray tip in hot water after each use.
If your symptoms persist after 3 days of using this medication, you should talk to your doctor or pharmacist. Using this product for longer than 3 days can cause an increase in nasal congestion.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor or pharmacist has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are using the medication without consulting your doctor or pharmacist.
It is important to use this medication exactly as recommended by your doctor or pharmacist.
Store this medication at room temperature and keep it out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Each pump bottle contains oxymetazoline 0.05% in solution. Nonmedicinal ingredients: benzalkonium chloride, edetate disodium, monopropylene glycol, purified water, sodium phosphate monobasic monohydrate, and hydrochloric acid or sodium hydroxide to adjust pH.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Do not use this medication if you:
- are allergic to oxymetazoline or any ingredients of this medication
- are currently taking monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors (e.g., phenelzine, tranylcypromine)
- are sensitive (i.e., experience trouble sleeping, dizziness, lightheadedness, weakness, tremor, or abnormal heart rhythms) to other related medications (e.g., epinephrine, phenylephrine, pseudoephedrine)
- have narrow-angle glaucoma
- have rhinitis sicca (a chronic type of rhinitis with very little or no nasal discharge)