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Oxymetazoline

Prescription vs.OTC: Prescription by Doctor not required

Oxymetazoline is used to treat any blockage of the nasal tract caused due to sinus infections, hay fever, and other allergic reactions in the upper respiratory tract like common cold. It is meant either to be administered orally or for topical application, and comes in the form of nasal drops, nasal sprays, tablets and syrups. The drug belongs to a class of medicines known as decongestants. It functions by constricting the blood vessels, resulting in the shrinking of congested and swollen nasal tissues. This leads to relief from congestion, improved breathing through the nose and better drainage of mucus. Nasal drops and nasal sprays have been found to act faster on the affected region than tablets and syrups.

You are strongly advised against using this medication if you are allergic to any of its components and / or if you are taking any other medicine containing an inhibitor of monoamine oxidase, or furazolidone. Do not take more than 2 doses every 24 hours. Every dose may consist of 2 to 3 sprays. You are advised to avoid using this medicine if you are a pregnant or a lactating woman. This drug could possibly cause high blood pressure and increased heartbeat.

Information given here is based on the salt and content of the medicine. Effect and uses of medicine may vary from person to person. It is advicable to consult a ENT Specialist before using this medicine.

In addition to its intended effect, Oxymetazoline may cause some unwanted effects too. In such cases, you must seek medical attention immediately. This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. Please inform your doctor if you experience any adverse reaction to the medication.

Dryness

Irritation.

Is It safe with alcohol?

No interaction found

Are there any pregnancy warnings?

There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.

Are there any breast-feeding warnings?

There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.

Is it safe to drive while on this medicine?

There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.

Does this affect kidney function?

There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.

Does this affect liver function?

There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.

Are there any missed dose instructions?

If you miss a dose of Oxymetazoline (topical), skip it and continue with your normal schedule. Do not double the dose.
Below is the list of medicines, which contains Oxymetazoline as ingredient
Nri Vision Care Pvt Ltd
Vilco Laboratories Pvt Ltd
East India Pharmaceutical Works Ltd
Thrift Pharmaceuticals
Thrift Pharmaceuticals
Optho Remedies Pvt Ltd
Centaur Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
Thrift Pharmaceuticals
East India Pharmaceutical Works Ltd
East India Pharmaceutical Works Ltd
Novartis India Ltd
Allergan India Pvt Ltd
Fourrts India Laboratories Pvt Ltd
Pharmtak Ophtalmics India Pvt Ltd
Laborate Pharmaceuticals India Ltd
Oxymetazoline is an antimuscarinic drug used to treat gastrointestinal muscle spasms . It works by blocking the activity of the muscarinic acetylcholine receptors that control the smooth muscles apart from affecting these muscles directly as a musculotropic.
What are you using Oxymetazoline for?
treating blockage in nasal tract
Other
How much was the improvement?
Excellent
Average
How long did it take before seeing improvement?
Within 2 hours
Within 6 hours
How frequently did you take this medicine?
Once a day
Twice a day
Not taking on daily level
How did you take this medicine?
With or without food
With Food
Empty stomach
What were the side effects of this medicine?
Other
Dryness
Sneezing
Irritation
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Lybrate is a medium to provide our audience with the common information on medicines and does not guarantee its accuracy or exhaustiveness. Even if there is no mention of a warning for any drug or combination, it never means that we are claiming that the drug or combination is safe for consumption without any proper consultation with an expert.

Lybrate does not take responsibility for any aspect of medicines or treatments. If you have any doubts about your medication, we strongly recommend you to see a doctor immediately.

Popular Questions & Answers

Hay, sir I say that I have a headache many time anywhere anywhere why this is doing I don't know sir please told me what I can do.

MBBS
Internal Medicine Specialist, Kendujhar
Hay, sir I say that I have a headache many time anywhere anywhere why this is doing I don't know sir please told me w...
Hello, Thanks for your query on Lybrate "As" per your clinical history is concerned please follow like this - 1) Do Complete blood count with differential and X-ray sinus and do a physical examination by an ENT doctor. 2) Do take paracetamol-500 mg for headache and use oxymetazoline nasal drops to clear nasal passages. 3) Avoid upper respiratory infections. Minimize contact with people who have colds. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, especially before your meals. 4) Carefully manage your allergies. Work with your doctor to keep symptoms under control. Avoid cigarette smoke and polluted air. Tobacco smoke and air contaminants can irritate and inflame your lungs and nasal passages. 5) Use a humidifier. If the air in your home is dry, such as it is if you have forced hot air heat, adding moisture to the air may help prevent sinusitis. Be sure the humidifier stays clean and free of mold with regular, thorough cleaning Hope that helps and follow with test reports.
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Mujhe lagbhag 2 mahine se naak band ho raha hai aur khaas ke sote samay. Mai otrivin adult dalta hu daily par ye temporary thik kar deta hai lekin phir raat ko wahi problem hota hai AUR jab bhi mai otrivin chorne ki sochta hu us din taklif badh jati hai. Mai continue daily otrivin leta hu kyunki chorne par problem badh jati hai isliye roz lena parta hai. Mujhe Lybrate par kuch doctors ne suggest kiya charak ka ciphagrain nasal drop ke saath septiline lena shru karu. 1.Septiline ke saath ciphagrain safe hoga. 2.Agar ha to kitne din lena hoga aur kitne din me naak ka ye problem thik ho sakta hai in dono ayurvedic dwa se kripya approximate day btaiye. 3.Mujhe koun si bimari hui hai naak ki jo do maah se chal rahi hai aur otrivin koi permanent solution nhi de rha hai? 4.Otrivin oxy adult (Oxymetazoline) kaise isko choru ki problem aur na badhe. Ye kuch 4 swal hain mere jo ki mujhe tension me dalte hain kripya iska koi bhi permanent ilaj ya ayurvedic ilaj BTAYEIN jisme kharch kam ho. Kyunki abtak maine ENT doctor ko dikhane me 1000+300=Rs. 1300 + otrivin (10x3=30 ml)=Rs. 150 + himalya septilineRs. 100 lagbhag+350 in tests total lagbhag 1600 kharch kar chuka hu sirf naak ke ilaj me par koi khaas permanent solution nhi ho paya. Mera budget thora kam hai isliye koi sasta ilaj ya ayurvedic dwa suggest kijiye taki meri naak ki samasya thik ho sake aur sinus, rhinitis,medicamandosa, jaisi bimari mujhe na ho sake jiske baare me mai kuch nhi janta. Current Problems: 1.naak bilkul sone time band hone lagta hai aur saans lene me taklif ho jati hai. 2.muh se saas leta hu to subah uthne par hoth sukhne lagte hain jisko zubaan se bhigone par phir sukhne lagta hai per Vaseline do din se lgane pe abhi thik hai. 3.doctor ENT ne btaya ki naak andar se lal ho raha hai shayad ye cold season ki allergy hai aur thandi se bachne ko kaha. 4.mujhe gas ho jati hai aur pet lagbhag roz hi dard karta hai lekin kuch din se parhez me hu to thik hai. 5.peshaab baar baar aata hai jb bhi pani zyada pine ki koshish (8 glass) karta hu aur kam pine par pila peshab hota hai. Previous problem in 2010 to 2012 1.joundice more than three year lekin ab jaundice bilkul nhi hai. 2.chicken pox in 2012 lekin ab ye bhi thik hai. Tests currently. 1.haemoglobin:98% value 14gm/dl 2.Blood suger: value 95.0 mg/dl 3.Serum Uric Acid: value 4.69mgdl 4.Urine test physical IN 15 ML Appearance: Hazy Sediments: Nil Specific gravity: QNS Color: STRAW CHEMICAL Sugar (PP: Nil Albumin: Very Faint Trace Phosphate: NIL Reaction: acidic MICROSCOPIC ERYTHROCYTES: NIL PUS CELLS: NIL EPHITHELIEL CELLS: PAV (OCCASSIONAL) OTHER: NIL CASTS: NIL CRYSTAL: NIL Ye saare test maine karaye hain jiska value upar diya hai. Ab meri madad karein kam kharch me. Maine naak se related koi surgery ya x ray nhi karwaya hai. Ab mujhe ayurvedic dwa se ilaj BTAYEIN jo jaldi hi isko thik kar de aur koi dusri bimari na hone de.

BAMS
Ayurveda, Sonipat
First avoid cold food fried food take steam daily use cehagrain nadal drop or sadvindu tail and septilin 2-2 chtrak haritaki 2-2 tsf for 2-3 month continue.
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My brother is 24 year old he ill by the nose infection please give me any advice.

BHMS
Sexologist, Noida
My brother is 24 year old he ill by the nose infection please give me any advice.
Treatment. Using a nasal decongestant spray, such as phenylephrine or oxymetazoline, can help relieve sinus infection symptoms short-term. But continuous use over 10 to 14 days can cause a rebound effect in nasal congestion.

Are otrivin drops safe for my 50 days old baby as he is suffering from blocked nose and cough .doctor has suggested novamox and solvin cold also. Please suggest.

MBBS, MD - Paediatrics
Pediatrician, Hyderabad
Are otrivin drops safe for my 50 days old baby as he is suffering from blocked nose and cough .doctor has suggested n...
You can use nasoclear drops which contain normal saline rather than otrivin which are medicated with oxymetazoline. Also, you can stop the other drugs. They are not necessary.

What are the symptoms of cold and flu and how it can be treated as soon as possible.

MBBS
General Physician, Greater Noida
What are the symptoms of cold and flu and how it can be treated as soon as possible.
Hello lybrate-user symptoms of flu and common cold are almost same but flu has more severe symptoms than cold. Common cold respiratory tract infection caused by viruses most commonly rhinovirus. Symptoms are runny nose, stuffy nose, sore throat, sneezing, mild to moderate fever, cough, headache, mild body ache and fatigue. It is contagious first 2 to3days so stay home and rest. For symptomatic treatment you can take antihistamine like diphenhydramine, ebastine, pheniramine, cetrizine or levocetrizine. Decongestant that relieve nasal congestion are ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, oxymetazoline, phenylephrine, xylometazoline. Pain killer ibuprofen, acetaminophen. Gargels with warm water and steam inhalation. Stay away from sick persons and avoid sharing their personal things. Wash hands with soap and water and maintain good hygiene. Flu caused by influenza a, b andc viruses. Season is spring and winter months. Symptoms are more severe like severe dry hacking cough, moderate to high fever, severe sore throat, severe body and muscle aches, headache, runny nose, and fatigue sometimes diarrhoea and vomiting. Treatment rest at home and drink plenty of fluids. Take symptomatic treatment. Doctor may prescribe some antiviral drugs like tamiflu, zanamivir. Immediately consult a doctor if you have fast breathing, high persistent fever, chest pain and cough with green mucus, bluish discoloration of skin, confusion and persistent vommiting.

Popular Health Tips

Reasons Behind Benign Prostate Hyperplasia!

M Ch Urology, MBBS, MS - Urology
Urologist, Kolhapur
Reasons Behind Benign Prostate Hyperplasia!

Benign Prostrate Hyperplasia (BPH) is a condition which results in the enlargement of the prostate gland. The prostrate grand is situated near the Urethra (a tube which helps flush out the urine from the bladder). Generally, the chance of developing BPH increases after one crosses the age of 50. But it is yet unknown as to why some men experience more severe symptoms than others.

Causes of BPH
This condition generally occurs because of old age and affects almost all men above the age of 75. It occurs because of the various hormonal changes and changes in cell growth that the body goes through, as one becomes old. Sometimes BPH can set in due to genetics. If BPH sets in due to genetically reasons, it usually is quite severe and affects men before they reach 60.

Symptoms of BPH
Quite a few men who develop BPH, experience no symptoms at all. But when symptoms of BPH, known as lower urinary tract symptoms (LUT) start, they can be either mild or very severe. The severity of the symptoms is not related to the extent of the enlargement. Many a times men with only a mild enlargement complain about severe symptoms, while men with a highly enlarged prostate gland have not complained about any discomfort faced. 

Symptoms of BPH tend to worsen due to cold weather and also because of physical and emotional overexertion. There are certain medicines, which should be avoided if you suffer from BPH, as they have a tendency to worsen your symptoms, for example diphenhydramine, pseudoephedrine, oxymetazoline spray and other antidepressants.

The symptoms of BPH are related to bladder emptying and issues with bladder storage.

Symptoms related to the urine drainage from the bladder are:

  1. Strain while urinating
  2. Weak urine flow
  3. Some dribbling after urination
  4. Sudden urge to urinate
  5. Pain while urinating

Symptoms related to storage of urine in the bladder are:

  1. Waking during the night to urinate
  2. Urinating frequently during the day and at night
  3. Sudden urge to urinate, which may be hard to control

It however, has to be kept in mind that these symptoms may not primarily occur due to prostate enlargement, but are the result of other conditions like urinary tract infections, prostatitis, prostate cancer, neurological disorders and even diabetes. Thus, it is essential that you visit a doctor and get the cause for these symptoms diagnosed properly.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Nose Bleed : What You Can Do?

MBBS
General Physician,
Nose Bleed : What You Can Do?

Nose bleeds is a common ailment that can be troublesome and often difficult to control. Definitive cure lies in, firstly proper diagnosis of the disease condition and secondly immediate steps take to control bleeding as an emergency.

1. For children: children are very prone for nose bleed. The most common cause being frequent upper respiratory tract infection followed by frequent nose pricking. Children should also be enquired for any nose trauma. However there may be other systemic causes like bleeding disorders of blood etc that need to be looked upon. 
2. Adults: hypertension along with nose trauma seems to be most common cause. Care should be taken to look upon contributory cause like forceful blowing of nose, constipation, chronic cough etc. Systemic diseases like chronic kidney disease, bleeding disorders etc should be investigated.

What to do when a nose bleeds:

Step 1: nose pinching - this is one of the most effective method to control nose bleeding and serve as a first aid. It should continue for at least 20 mins with head in upright posture.

Step 2: nasal drops - 2 drops of oxymetazoline nasal drops (0.05 % for adults. 0.025 % for children) should be instilled in the bleeding nose and then nose pinching should continue.

Step 3: take immediately to emergency hospital
Now after the first aid performed in home or on the way, patient should be rushed to hospital where definitive treatment can be started.

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Benign Prostrate Hyperplasia And Its Symptoms!

MBBS, MS - General Surgery, MCh - Urology
Urologist, Agra
Benign Prostrate Hyperplasia And Its Symptoms!

Benign Prostrate Hyperplasia (BPH) is a condition which results in the enlargement of the prostate gland. The prostrate grand is situated near the Urethra (a tube which helps flush out the urine from the bladder). Generally, the chance of developing BPH increases after one crosses the age of 50. But it is yet unknown as to why some men experience more severe symptoms than others.

Causes of BPH
This condition generally occurs because of old age and affects almost all men above the age of 75. It occurs because of the various hormonal changes and changes in cell growth that the body goes through, as one becomes old. Sometimes BPH can set in due to genetics. If BPH sets in due to genetically reasons, it usually is quite severe and affects men before they reach 60.

Symptoms of BPH
Quite a few men who develop BPH, experience no symptoms at all. But when symptoms of BPH, known as lower urinary tract symptoms (LUT) start, they can be either mild or very severe. The severity of the symptoms is not related to the extent of the enlargement. Many a times men with only a mild enlargement complain about severe symptoms, while men with a highly enlarged prostate gland have not complained about any discomfort faced. 

Symptoms of BPH tend to worsen due to cold weather and also because of physical and emotional overexertion. There are certain medicines, which should be avoided if you suffer from BPH, as they have a tendency to worsen your symptoms, for example diphenhydramine, pseudoephedrine, oxymetazoline spray and other antidepressants.

The symptoms of BPH are related to bladder emptying and issues with bladder storage.

Symptoms related to the urine drainage from the bladder are:

  1. Strain while urinating
  2. Weak urine flow
  3. Some dribbling after urination
  4. Sudden urge to urinate
  5. Pain while urinating

Symptoms related to storage of urine in the bladder are:

  1. Waking during the night to urinate
  2. Urinating frequently during the day and at night
  3. Sudden urge to urinate, which may be hard to control

It however, has to be kept in mind that these symptoms may not primarily occur due to prostate enlargement, but are the result of other conditions like urinary tract infections, prostatitis, prostate cancer, neurological disorders and even diabetes. Thus, it is essential that you visit a doctor and get the cause for these symptoms diagnosed properly.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Benign Prostate Hyperplasia - Causes And Symptoms

MBBS, MS - General Surgery, M.Ch - Urology
Urologist, Bangalore
Benign Prostate Hyperplasia - Causes And Symptoms

Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH) is a condition which results in the enlargement of the prostate gland. The Prostate gland is situated near the Urethra (a tube which helps flush out the urine from the bladder). Generally, the chance of developing BPH increases after one crosses the age of 50. But it is yet unknown as to why some men experience more severe symptoms than others.

Causes of BPH
This condition generally occurs because of old age and affects almost all men above the age of 75. It occurs because of the various hormonal changes and changes in cell growth that the body goes through, as one becomes old. Sometimes BPH can set in due to genetics. If BPH sets in due to genetically reasons, it usually is quite severe and affects men before they reach 60.

Symptoms of BPH
Quite a few men who develop BPH, experience no symptoms at all. But when symptoms of BPH, known as lower urinary tract symptoms (LUT) start, they can be either mild or very severe. The severity of the symptoms is not related to the extent of the enlargement. Many a times men with only a mild enlargement complain about severe symptoms, while men with a highly enlarged prostate gland have not complained about any discomfort faced. 

Symptoms of BPH tend to worsen due to cold weather and also because of physical and emotional overexertion. There are certain medicines, which should be avoided if you suffer from BPH, as they have a tendency to worsen your symptoms, for example diphenhydramine, pseudoephedrine, oxymetazoline spray and other antidepressants.

The symptoms of BPH are related to bladder emptying and issues with bladder storage.

Symptoms related to the urine drainage from the bladder are:

  1. Strain while urinating
  2. Weak urine flow
  3. Some dribbling after urination
  4. Sudden urge to urinate
  5. Pain while urinating

Symptoms related to storage of urine in the bladder are:

  1. Waking during the night to urinate
  2. Urinating frequently during the day and at night
  3. Sudden urge to urinate, which may be hard to control

It however, has to be kept in mind that these symptoms may not primarily occur due to prostate enlargement, but are the result of other conditions like urinary tract infections, prostatitis, prostate cancer, neurological disorders and even diabetes. Thus, it is essential that you visit a doctor and get the cause for these symptoms diagnosed properly.

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Symptoms and Treatment of Sinusitis

MS - ENT, MBBS
ENT Specialist, Delhi
Symptoms and Treatment of Sinusitis

The inflammatory condition of your sinuses (marked by inflammation of your nasal cavities) caused due to viral, bacterial or fungal infection; any autoimmune disorders or allergic reaction is known as sinusitis. This condition is also referred to as 'rhinosinusitis' as nose inflammation occurs. Sinusitis can be either acute, sub-acute or chronic in nature. Acute sinusitis is generally caused due to the common cold and lasts not more than four weeks. Sub-acute sinusitis is more prolonged in nature and lasts for about eight weeks. Chronic sinusitis is more severe in nature and can last for up to twelve weeks or even more.

The most common symptoms of sinusitis are as follows: 

  1. Severe headaches
  2. Nose blockage
  3. Release of yellowish green fluids from your nose.
  4. Fever
  5. Difficulty in breathing
  6. Painful sensation in your eyes, ears and forehead.
  7. Post nasal discharge
  8. Frequent cough
  9. A sore throat
  10. Nausea
  11. Body fatigue
  12. Neck stiffness
  13. Tastelessness and anosmia (loss of smell)

The treatment methods available for sinusitis are as follows:

  • Intake of painkillers like paracetamol can give you temporary relief from your aches. But consuming too much of these can cause side effects such as loss of appetite and drowsiness.
  • Keep yourself hydrated by drinking about 2 to 3 liters of water every day and take proper rest.
  • Steam inhalation can give you relief from nasal congestion.
  • Using nasal sprays like Oxymetazoline can also give you temporary relief.
  • Your doctor may advise you antibiotics like Amoxicillin in your sinusitis is chronic in nature.
  • Immunotherapy helps to treat sinusitis if your sinusitis is caused due to allergic reactions.
  • Your doctor may also recommend an endoscopic surgery of the sinus if your condition is found to be very severe. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult an Ent Specialist.
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About Oxymetazoline
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