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Otrivine Congestion Relief Nasal Spray information
What is Otrivine Congestion Relief Nasal Spray?
Otrivine Congestion Relief 0.1% Spray is a nasal treatment formulated to relieve blocked nose symptoms caused by hayfever, allergies, and more. The spray is applied directly to the nostrils to effectively relieve blockages and reduce blood vessels back down to their normal size, minimizing congestion in adults and children over 12 years of age.
What is Otrivine Congestion Relief Spray used for?
Allergies can strike at any time, but summer is a particularly troublesome time. Pollen levels are much higher, which causes uncomfortable symptoms such as a blocked nose in those who suffer from hay fever. Otrivine spray offers allergy relief by clearing congestion caused by a range of allergies, in addition to colds, recurring inflammation, and sinusitis.
What causes a blocked nose?
It’s often assumed that nasal congestion is caused by excessive mucus, but that’s not the case. It’s actually a result of inflamed blood vessels, which become irritated by environmental factors such as allergies or viruses like a cold or flu.
How long does nasal congestion last?
Depending on the cause of your congestion your symptoms shouldn’t last too long, especially while using a nasal spray to help unblock your nose. If you suffer from hayfever, you are likely to experience congestion on and off throughout the summer alongside other symptoms which can be managed. However, if it starts to affect your daily activities then it is recommended to see a doctor and seek appropriate treatment.
How does Otrivine Congestion Relief Spray relieve allergy symptoms?
Otrivine nasal spray contains the active ingredient xylometazoline hydrochloride. This works by opening up the nasal passages, clearing excessive nasal secretions, and reducing the size of inflamed blood vessels (a main cause of blockages) so nasal congestion can pass.
How quickly does Otrivine Congestion Relief Spray work?
You may start feeling the effects of the nasal spray within minutes. The active ingredient xylometazoline hydrochloride will start working on your symptoms and provide long-lasting relief for up to 10 hours. If needed, the spray can be used up to 3 times a day.
Alternatives to Otrivine Congestion Relief Spray
If you are suffering any allergies such as hay fever, alternative sprays such as Avamys Nasal Spray, Beclometasone Nasal Spray or Benacort Hay Fever Nasal Spray can help with other nasal symptoms including a runny nose, sneezing and itching, as well as nasal blockages.
For allergies other than hay fever, such as dust and animal allergies, allergy treatments like oral antihistamines can minimize symptoms other than a blocked nose so reactions are more manageable.
How to use Otrivine Congestion Spray
Otrivine allergy relief is very simple to use. Always follow the preparation and usage instructions as found on the enclosed leaflet or instructed by your GP to safely relieve nasal congestion.
Dosage for Adults and Adolescents over 12 years: For nasal use. One spray in each nostril 1 to 3 times daily as needed.
Do not use it after 28 days of opening. Do not use it continuously for more than seven consecutive days. If symptoms persist consult your doctor.
What are the possible side effects of Otrivine Congestion Relief Spray?
Like all medications, there is a risk of possible side effects for some users of the Otrivine nasal spray.
Side effects may include:
- Serious allergic reactions including difficulty breathing or swallowing.
- Swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat.
- Severe itching of the skin or red bumps.
- Nasal dryness, discomfort or irritation.
If you experience any of the following side effects you should speak to your GP, pharmacist or another medical professional for advice.
Otrivine Congestion Spray ingredients
Active Ingredient: Each application contains: 140 micrograms of xylometazoline hydrochloride.
Also contains: Sodium dihydrogen phosphate dihydrate, disodium phosphate dodecahydrate, sodium chloride, disodium edetate, levomenthol, cineole, sorbitol, polyoxylhydrogenated castor oil (macrogol glycerol hydroxystearate) and purified water.
Otrivine Nasal spray warnings
It’s important to use medications that are safe and suitable for your needs. In this case, Otrivine Allergy Relief 0.1% Nasal Spray should not be used if the following applies:
- You are allergic to the active ingredient xylometazoline hydrochloride.
- You have chronic nasal inflammation with very dry nasal passages (rhinitis sicca or atrophic rhinitis).
- You suffer from an enlarged prostate gland.
- You are recovering from neurosurgery.
- You are taking monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) or have stopped taking them in the last 14 days.
Alternative treatment should be used to help with allergy relief and blocked nose symptoms.
Can you use Otrivine Allergy Relief Spray while pregnant or breastfeeding?
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, it’s best to consult your doctor before using this nasal spray, although the treatment is usually safe.