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USES: This medication promotes nasal drainage and relieves nasal stuffiness. It is used to relieve symptoms associated with a cold, hay fever, allergies, sinus infections and other related conditions. It is also used to relieve plugged ears.
| Afrin |
This medication promotes nasal drainage and relieves nasal stuffiness. It is used to relieve symptoms associated with a cold, hay fever, allergies, sinus infections and other related conditions. It is also used to relieve plugged ears.
- There are various nasal decongestants available, many without a prescription.
- Discuss with your doctor or pharmacist the best product for you.
- Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) away from heat and light.
- Do not store in the bathroom.
- Do not share the container with anyone else.
- Throw away the container when the medication is no longer required.
Afrin Nasal Spray Selectable Amount
Afrin (oxymetazoline nasal) 0.05%
Afrin Extra Moisturizing 12
- HOW TO USE THIS MEDICATION: This medication is used in the nose as directed.
- To apply nasal spray, first blow your nose to help improve penetration of the medication.
- Keeping your head upright, place the nasal spray just inside the nostril being careful not to touch the container to the inside of the nose.
- Squeeze the container as you inhale deeply through your nose.
- Sniff hard a few times to be sure the medication reaches deep into the nose.
- Do not use this more often than directed or increase your dose.
- Therapy usually lasts for 3 to 5 days.
- Excessive use of this medication can actually increase nasal congestion.
- Stinging, burning, sneezing, increased nasal discharge, drying of the nostrils, and altered taste may occur.
- If these effects continue or become bothersome, inform your doctor.
- Notify your doctor if you develop a rapid or pounding heartbeat, dizziness, trouble sleeping, shaking of the hands, tremors or unusual weakness while taking this medication.
- This medication may cause dizziness.
- Use caution engaging in activities requiring alertness.
- If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
- Tell your doctor if you have a history of heart disease, thyroid disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, seizure disorder, glaucoma or if you have any allergies especially to sulfites.
- The elderly and children may be more susceptible to the effects of this medication.
- Use this with caution.
- This medication should be used only if clearly needed during pregnancy.
- Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
- Since small amounts of this medication are found in breast milk, consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
- If you miss a dose, take it as soon as remembered; do not take it if it is near the time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
- Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.
- Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you may take especially medications for high blood pressure, depression, coughs and colds or allergies.
- Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.