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Xylometazoline

INFORMATION

Uses

Xylometazoline is used in the treatment of rhinitis (common cold).

How it works

Xylometazoline is a topical decongestant that relieves nasal and sinus congestion by constricting (shrinking) blood vessels (veins and arteries) in the nose.

Common side effects

Anxiety, Dizziness, Tremor

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Expert advice

  • Do not take more than 3 doses of xylometazoline in 24 hours or do not take a double dose if you miss any dose.
  • Do not use it continuously for more than 7 days in case of nasal sprays and 5 days in case of nasal drops. Longer use could cause damage to the nasal tissue and lead to chronic congestion.
  • Do not use nasal sprays in children under the age of 12 years and nasal drops under the age of 6 years.
  • Do not take xylometazoline if you are allergic to xylometazoline or any other ingredients.
  • Do not take xylometazoline if you recently had surgery.
  • Avoid using xylometazoline if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Doctor’s advice should be considered in case of patients with following history of disease conditions: high blood pressure or heart disease; diabetes; an overactive thyroid gland; rare cancer of the adrenal gland; closed angle glaucoma or increase pressure in the eye; inflammation of the skin and/or mucosa of the nasal vestibule.

Frequently asked questions

Xylometazoline

Q.What is xylometazoline hydrochloride/ what is xylometazoline hydrochloride used for/ is xylometazoline a steroid/ an antihistamine?
Xylometazoline is a topical decongestant and is used to for relief of the blocked; congested nose and sinuses caused by colds and allergies such as hay fever. It is neither a steroid nor an antihistamine

Q.How does xylometazoline/xylometazoline hydrochloride work?
Xylometazoline relieves nasal and sinus congestion by constricting (shrinking) blood vessels (veins and arteries) in the nose

Q.Is xylometazoline hydrochloride addictive/ is xylometazoline addiction?
Prolonged use of xylometazoline may lead to its addiction in some.


Content on this page was last updated on 17 November, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)