Always consult your doctor or pharmacist before taking xylometazoline. In particular, talk to your health care providers in case of allergic reactions. If you are taking other medicines, or you think you may need to use an alternative form of xylometazoline, always remember to ask your doctor’s opinion first. In these cases it’s useful to keep with you a list of all the drugs you are taking. Talk to him before starting any new cure as well, vitamins and natural products included.
If your condition does not improve or becomes worse, then call your health care providers. Never use this medicine for a longer period of time than you have been told by your doctor or in smaller/larger doses.
Driving or operating machinery is okay as it does not cause ailment.
Indications and Usage
To use the nasal spray: blow your nose gently, keep your head in an upright position and insert the tip of the bottle into one nostril per time (press your other nostril closed with your finger). Breathe in quickly and spray the medicine into your nose. Then do the same for other nostril. Try not to blow your nose for a few minutes after using xylometazoline nasal spray.
Do not use the nasal spray more than 3 times per day, every 8 to 10 hours and in order to avoid the spread of infections, do not share the nasal spray with others.
Administration and Dosage
Refer to your doctor or pharmacist for guidelines on dosage. Do not exceed what they advise. The usual dose for adults is: one spray should be used in each nostril, one to three times a day as necessary. The spray can be used for up to a week. Children under 12 should not use xylometazoline.
Xylometazoline is used for temporary relief of nose congestions caused by several conditions such as common cold, sinusitis, hay fever, and allergies.
Taking MAO inhibitors with this medication may cause severe and deadly drugs interaction. You should not use MAO inhibitors such as isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue, moclobemide, phenelzine, procarbazine, rasagiline, safinamide, selegiline, tranylcypromine, during treatment. Most of them should also not be taken for two weeks before xylometazoline therapy either. Always talk to your doctor before taking any decision.
This list does not contain all possible interactions with xylometazoline. Talk to your doctor, pharmacist or health care specialist for a comprehensive list of drugs you shouldn’t use.
If you take a larger dose than you should take, tell your doctor, pharmacist or health care specialist immediately even if you don’t feel bad. Bring with you the container and tell them about the amount you took and related timing. Using too much of this medicine can cause damage to your nasal passages, which may lead to chronic congestion.
Adverse Reactions and Precautions
Do not take xylometazoline by mouth and wash properly your eyes if some of it gets inside.
Do NOT use xylometazoline if:
- You are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding;
- You are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine;
- You have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances;
- You have a history of high blood pressure or heart diseases;
- Prostate and urination problems;
- A thyroid disorder
Xylometazoline may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist for more details.
Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are using this medication.
Caution is advised when using this drug in children because they may be more sensitive to its effects. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for consultation about whether this nasal spray can be used in children.
During pregnancy and breastfeeding, this medication should be used only if benefits overweigh risks.
No adverse reactions have been recorded.