Oxymetazoline - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions


Information about Oxymetazoline

Generic Name : Oxymetazoline
Up-to-date prescription details regarding Oxymetazoline are provided here.

Pronunciation : ox ee me TAZ oh leen

Learn the correct pronunciation of the Oxymetazoline, understand it's uses, recommended dosages, its indications, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its and its storage instructions.
You will also find a list of the medication's International and Indian brand or trade names, as well as its pricing information. For verification of the information presented on this page or for additional clarifications, it's advisable to consult your doctor.

ICD Code : Y55.5 Therapeutic Classification : Decongestants

Trade Names/Brand Names of Oxymetazoline

India :

International :

Afrin, Afrin Nasal Sinus, Allerest 12 Hour Nasal Spray, Duramist Plus, Duration, Four-Way Nasal Spray, Genasal, Neo-Synephrine 12 Hour, Nostrilla, NRS Nasal, NTZ Long Acting Nasal, Oxyfrin, Oxymeta-12, Sinarest Nasal, Sinex Long-Acting, Twice-A-Day, 12 Hour Nasal, Zicam Extreme Congestion Relief, Zicam Sinus Relief, 12 Hour Nasal Decongestant, Neo-Synephrine 12 Hour Extra Moisturizing, Afrin No Drip Severe Congestion, Mucinex Moisture Smart, Mucinex Full Force, Afrin Pump Mist, Afrin Extra Moisturizing, Afrin Severe Congestion, Afrin Severe Congestion NoDrip, Afrin NoDrip Extra Moisturizing, Afrin All Night NoDrip, Afrin No Drip Sinus, Sudafed OM Sinus Congestion, Sudafed OM Sinus Cold, Nasal Mist, Dristan 12-Hour, OcuClear and Visine LR

Why is Oxymetazoline Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a decongestant, used to relieve nasal and sinus congestion due to colds, allergies, and hay fever. Ophthalmic- Relieving redness in the eye.

When should Oxymetazoline not be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients with increased eye pressure, raised thyroid hormone level, heart disease (including angina), increase in blood pressure, advanced arteriosclerosis conditions, children <6 year, allergy to the drug.

What is the dosage of Oxymetazoline?

Adult: Nasal congestion- As 0.05% solution: Spray 1-3 doses into each nostril twice daily.

How should Oxymetazoline be taken?

It comes as a solution (liquid) to spray into the nose.

What are the warnings and precautions for Oxymetazoline?

•Caution should be exercised in patients with history of high blood pressure, increase in eye pressure, diabetes, difficulty urinating due to an enlarged prostate gland, or thyroid or heart disease, or pregnancy.

Do not use this nasal spray for longer than 3 to 5 days.

What are the side effects of Oxymetazoline?

Local- Stinging or burning, sneezing, increased congestion after stopping use, damage to inner lining of the nose, loss of ability to smell, throat irritation.
Heart- Increase in heart rate.
Central Nervous System- Dizziness, headache, drowsiness.
Skin- Rash

What are the other precautions for Oxymetazoline?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions for Oxymetazoline?

Keep this medication in an airtight container and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat, light, and moisture.

Schedule : H
Prescription drugs - Drugs to be sold only under the prescription of a Registered Medical Practitioner.