Information about Xylometazoline

Xylometazoline Uses

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

How Xylometazoline works

Xylometazoline 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 Xylometazoline

Headache, Nausea, Application site burning, Nasal discomfort, Nasal dryness
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Expert advice for Xylometazoline

  • Xylometazoline works right away and each dose provides relief for up to 12 hours.
  • The right way to use the nasal spray:
    • Shake the bottle before using the medicine. 
    • Clean your nose thoroughly before using the medicine.
    • Insert the bottle tip into one nostril and close the other nostril. 
    • Direct the spray towards the sides of your nostril, away from the cartilage dividing the two sides of your nose.
    • Breathe out gently through your mouth and repeat the same process for the other nostril.
  • Xylometazoline can make nasal congestion worse if used for more than 7 days in a row (called rebound congestion).
  • Avoid deep breathing as it will cause medication to go back to the throat and make it less effective.
  • Do not share the bottle with anyone else so that you do not spread germs.

Frequently asked questions for Xylometazoline


Q. What is Xylometazoline used for?

Xylometazoline is used for the treatment of allergic conditions that cause runny nose or stuffy nose, sneezing and inflammation of the sinuses.

Q. Is Xylometazoline safe?

Xylometazoline is safe if used in the dose and duration advised by your doctor. Take it exactly as directed and do not skip any dose. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully and let your doctor know if any of the side effects bother you.

Q. What should I know before using Xylometazoline?

Before using Xylometazoline, you should tell your doctor if you are allergic to Xylometazoline or any of its ingredients to avoid any allergic reactions. Let your doctor know if you have or ever had any problems related to your eyes. Inform your doctor about all the other medicines you are taking because they may affect, or be affected by, this medicine. Inform your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to conceive or breastfeeding to prevent any harmful effects on the baby.

Q. What should I do if I forget to use Xylometazoline?

If you forget to use Xylometazoline, do not worry and continue using Xylometazoline as soon as you remember. However, if you are not sure or have any other doubts, please consult your doctor.

Q. Is Xylometazoline effective?

Xylometazoline is effective if used in the dose and duration advised by your doctor. Do not stop taking it even if you see improvement in your condition. If you stop using Xylometazoline too early, the symptoms may return or worsen.


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