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    Information about Oxymetazoline

    Oxymetazoline uses

    Oxymetazoline is used in the treatment of nasal congestion. It treats congestion associated with allergies, hay fever, sinus irritation, and the common cold.

    How oxymetazoline works

    Oxymetazoline is a decongestant. It works by narrowing the small blood vessels which provides temporary relief from inflammation (redness and swelling) and discomfort.

    Common side effects of oxymetazoline

    Sneezing, Dryness, Irritation
    Content Details
    Written By
    Dr. Betina Chandolia
    Writing in Sciences, PGCCL
    Reviewed By
    Dr. Ashish Ranjan
    MBA (General management), MD (Clinical Pharmacology)
    Last updated on:
    19 Jul 2018 | 10:45 AM (IST)
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    Expert advice for Oxymetazoline

    • Do not take oxymetazoline if you have high blood pressure, heart disease including previous episodes of pain and discomfort in the chest, diabetes mellitus, thyroid problems, liver or kidney disorders and non-cancerous enlargement of prostate; hallucinations (seeing, hearing or feeling things that are not really there), restlessness, sleep disturbances; increased pressure in the eyes (glaucoma).
    • Avoid taking this oxymetazoline if you have redness and swelling of the lining of your nose, or have scabs in your nose.
    • Do not take oxymetazoline if you have a recent nose surgery or surgery to remove the pituitary gland; or tumor of adrenal glands (pheochromocytoma) that causes episodic or persistent rise in blood pressure.
    • Take oxymetazoline nose drops for a maximum of 7 consecutive days to avoid rebound effect and drug induced rhinitis (runny nose).

    Frequently asked questions for Oxymetazoline


    Q. Is oxymetazolinee addictive?

    Oxymetazoline treatment does not cause mental addiction. However, patients may get physically addicted such that they feel the compulsion to use oxymetazoline. Hence, it should only be used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor

    Q. Is oxymetazoline a steroid/ antihistamine?

    Oxymetazoline belongs to a class of medications called adrenergic drugs that are used as nasal decongestants. It is not a steroid or an antihistaminic

    Q. Is oxymetazoline safe?

    Oxymetazoline is safe, if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor

    Q. Does oxymetazoline cause cataract/keep you awake/ raise blood pressure/insomnia/drowsiness?

    No such reports are available that confirm treatment related mentioned side effects (cataract/keep you awake/ insomnia/drowsiness). Oxymetazoline can raise blood pressure when taken with drugs like selegiline, moclobemide that are used to treat depression, and can also decrease the effect of drugs used to treat blood pressure. Hence, patients should consult doctors regarding the possible side effects and drug interactions

    Q. Can I take oxymetazoline with Benadryl (diphenhydramine)/ phenylephrine/ pseudoephedrine?

    Oxymetazoline should not be taken concomitantly with Benadryl (diphenhydramine) /phenylephrine/pseudoephedrine. Please consult your doctor when using concomitantly.

    Content on this page was last updated on 19 July, 2018, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)