Otrivine (Xylometazoline Hydrochloride)
What is Otrivine (Xylometazoline Hydrochloride) used for?
Otrivine (Xylometazoline HCL) is a nasal decongestant prescribed for the treatment of blocked nasal passages caused by allergies, cold, or flu. The medication narrows blood vessels in the lining of the nose to reduce swelling and congestion. Your physician may prescribe this medication to be used along with others or for the treatment of other unlisted conditions, as well.
How should I use Otrivine (Xylometazoline Hydrochloride)?
Always use Otrivine (Xylometazoline HCL) according to your physician's instructions and those included with packaging to get the best results from treatment. One or two sprays are normally administered every six to eight hours, but your individual directions will depend on your health condition and the severity of your symptoms. To use the medication gently blow your nose, gently shake the bottle, remove the cap, insert the applicator into a nostril, and inhale gently while operating the pump. If more than one spray is prescribed you are recommended to alternate nostrils to prevent nasal irritation. Ask your doctor any questions you have about the medication to ensure the correct administration.
What are the side effects of Otrivine (Xylometazoline Hydrochloride)?
Some patients using Otrivine (Xylometazoline HCL) have reported experiencing side effects including:
Stop using the medicine and contact your physician immediately if any intense or serious side effects occur such as irregular heartbeats, hallucinations, faintness, seizures, or signs of an allergic reaction such as hives, skin rashes, swelling, or difficulty breathing. These may require lower doses, reduced application frequency, or immediate medical assistance in serious or life threatening cases to prevent more health problems from occurring.
Otrivine (Xylometazoline HCL) is a nasal spray and should not be taken orally. Do not use this medication continuously for more than seven days or twenty-eight days after opening the bottle. This medication should not be used by patients under the age of twelve, who have had the pituitary gland removed, who have recently had neurosurgery, or who have taken an MAOI antidepressant medication within the last two weeks. Also inform your physician about any other chronic health conditions you have that may cause unexpected problems during treatment.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Otrivine (Xylometazoline HCL). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.