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Oxymetazoline (ox-i-met-AZ-oh-leen) is used for the temporary relief of nasal (of the nose) congestion or stuffiness caused by hay fever or other allergies, colds, or sinus trouble.
This medicine may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
This medicine is available without a prescription; however, your doctor may have special instructions on the proper use or dose for your medical condition.
Oxymetazoline is available in the following dosage forms:
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.
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:
Proper Use of This Medicine
To use the nose drops :
To use the nose spray :
Use this medicine only as directed . Do not use more of it, do not use it more often, and do not use it for longer than 3 days without first checking with your doctor. To do so may make your runny or stuffy nose worse and may also increase the chance of side effects.
The dose of oxymetazoline will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label . The following information includes only the average doses of oxymetazoline. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.
If you are using this medicine on a regular schedule and you miss a dose, use it right away if you remember within an hour or so of the missed dose. However, if you do not remember until later, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.
To store this medicine:
Side Effects of This Medicine
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT