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Otrivin

Common Name
xylometazoline nasal


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DIN (Drug Identification Number)

02238867 OTRIVIN ALLERGY AND COLD DECONGESTANT NASAL SPRAY
00653330 OTRIVIN COLD AND ALLERGY DECONGESTANT NASAL SPRAY
00650854 OTRIVIN COLD AND ALLERGY DECONGESTANT NOSE DROPS
02208903 OTRIVIN DECONGESTANT NASAL SPRAY
02331403 OTRIVIN COMPLETE NASAL CARE 0.1% NASAL SPRAY

How does this medication work? What will it do for me?

Xylometazoline belongs to a group of medications called nasal decongestants. It is used in a nasal spray and drops for the relief of symptoms of nasal congestion caused by seasonal allergies, year-round allergies, sinusitis, and ear infections. It is also used to make rhinoscopy (an examination of the inside of the nose) easier. 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?

Before using this medication, the nose should be blown gently. Do not use this medication for more than 3 days in a row.

Nasal spray: The usual recommended dose for adults is one or two sprays in each nostril every 8 to 10 hours. The head should be tilted slightly forward while using the spray. Breathe deeply.

Measured dose pump: The usual recommended dose for adults is one spray in each nostril every 8 to 10 hours. The head should be tilted slightly forward while using the pump. Before using the pump for the first time, prime it by spraying several times into the air until a fine mist is seen.

Nasal drops: The usual recommended dose for adults is 2 or 3 drops in each nostril every 8 to 10 hours. The head should be tilted back while using the drops.

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 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.

It is important to use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, use it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not use a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

If symptoms continue for longer than 3 days, stop using this medication and contact your doctor. Excessive use may cause congestion to become worse.

Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from moisture, 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?

Otrivin Cold and Allergy Decongestant Nasal Spray 0.05%

This medication is available as a 0.05% nasal spray.

Otrivin Cold and Allergy Decongestant Nasal Spray 0.1%

This medication is available as a 0.1% nasal spray.

Otrivin Cold and Allergy Decongestant Nasal Spray with Moisturizers

This medication is available as a 0.1% nasal spray.

Otrivin Cold and Allergy Decongestant Nose Drops 0.1%

This medication is available as 0.1% nose drops.

Otrivin Complete Nasal Care

This medication is available as a 0.1% nasal spray.

Who should NOT take this medication?

Do not use this medication if you:

  • are allergic to xylometazoline 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)


 

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