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Oxymetazoline (Nasal)

Brand Names : Afrin Cherry 12 Hour Nasal Spray, Afrin Extra Moisturizing 12 Hour Nasal Spray, Afrin Original 12 Hour Nasal Spray, Afrin Original 12 Hour Nose Drops, Afrin Sinus 12 Hour Nasal Spray, Afrin Original 12 Hour Pump Mist, Dristan 12-Hr Nasal Spray, Duramist Plus Up To 12 Hour Nasal Decongestant Spray, Duration 12 Hour Nasal Spray, Genasal Nasal Spray Up to 12 Hour Relief, Nasal Relief 12 Hour Nasal Spray, Neo-Synephrine 12 Hour Extra Moisturizing Spray, Neo-Synephrine 12 Hour Spray, Nostrilla 12 Hour Nasal Decongestant, Twice-A-Day Extra Moisturizing 12 Hour Nasal Spray, Twice-A-Day Soothing 12 Hour Nasal Spray, Vicks Sinex 12-Hour Nasal Spray, Vicks Sinex 12-Hour Ultra Fine Mist for Sinus Relief, 4-Way 12-Hour Nasal Spray, Dristan Long Lasting Nasal Mist, Dristan Long Lasting Mentholated Nasal Spray, Drixoral Nasal Solution

Oxymetazoline | Before Using | Proper Use | Side Effects

Before Using This Medicine

If you are using this medicine without a prescription, carefully read and follow any precautions on the label. For oxymetazoline, the following should be considered:

Allergies - Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to oxymetazoline or any other nasal decongestant. Also tell your health care professional if you are allergic to any other substances, such as foods, preservatives, or dyes.

Pregnancy - Oxymetazoline has not been studied in pregnant women. Before using this medicine, make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or if you may become pregnant.

Breast-feeding - Oxymetazoline may be absorbed into the body. However, oxymetazoline has not been reported to cause problems in nursing babies.

Children - Children may be especially sensitive to the effects of oxymetazoline. This may increase the chance of side effects during treatment.

Older adults - Many medicines have not been tested in older people. Therefore, it may not be known whether they work exactly the same way they do in younger adults or if they cause different side effects or problems in older people. There is no specific information about the use of oxymetazoline in the elderly.

Other medicines - Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. When you are using oxymetazoline, it is especially important that your health care professional know if you are taking any other prescription, including the following, or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicine.

  • Maprotiline or
  • Monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor activity (isocarboxazid [e.g., Marplan], phenelzine [e.g., Nardil], procarbazine [e.g., Matulane], selegiline [e.g., Eldepryl], tranylcypromine [e.g., Parnate]) or
  • Tricyclic antidepressants (amitriptyline [e.g., Elavil], amoxapine [e.g., Asendin], clomipramine [e.g., Anafranil], desipramine [e.g., Norpramin], doxepin [e.g., Sinequan], imipramine [e.g., Tofranil], nortriptyline [e.g., Aventyl, Pamelor], protriptyline [e.g., Vivactil], trimipramine [e.g., Surmontil]) - Taking oxymetazoline while you are taking maprotiline, tricyclic antidepressants, MAO inhibitors or within 2 weeks of taking MAO inhibitors may cause constriction of blood vessels

Other medical problems - The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of oxymetazoline. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:

  • Diabetes mellitus (sugar diabetes)
  • Dry membranes in nose
  • Enlarged prostate - Difficulty urinating may worsen
  • Glaucoma
  • Heart or blood vessel disease or
  • High blood pressure - Oxymetazoline may make the condition worse
  • Overactive thyroid

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