Information about Oxymetazoline
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
Available Medicine for Oxymetazoline
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Expert advice for Oxymetazoline
- Your doctor has prescribed Oxymetazoline to treat nasal congestion caused by the common cold or flu, hay fever, and other allergies.
- It works right away and each dose provides relief for up to 12 hours.
- Oxymetazoline can make nasal congestion worse if used for more than 3 or 4 days in a row (called rebound congestion).
- Since it's a nasal spray, it does not expose the rest of your body to the medicine and hence gives you minimal side effects.
- Side effects such as nasal discomfort or irritation may occur after using the spray. These may not be with everyone. Inform your doctor if it bothers you.
- Inform your doctor if you are pregnant, planning pregnancy or breastfeeding.
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.