What is Care Ephedrine Nasal Drops 1%?
These nasal drops are a form of treatment that works to relieve nasal congestion. The active ingredient is ephedrine, which is a decongestant. Decongestants help to relieve a blocked nose by thinning the blood vessels that have swollen as a result of an infection or allergy.
What causes a blocked nose?
A blocked nose is caused by an infection, such as a cold or an allergy, or the flu. A blocked nose occurs when germs get into the nose through the air and are breathed in. The germs then stick to the cells at the back of the nose and cause symptoms to begin. The germs will then spread throughout the body, causing other symptoms associated with a cold or the flu.
Who is this nasal spray suitable for?
This nasal spray is suitable to be used by adults and children aged 12 and over. It should not be used by anyone who is allergic to the ingredients contained in the spray. It should also not be used if any of the following applies to you:
- Taken Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs), a type of antidepressant, in the last 14 days
- Taken beta-blockers for heart or blood pressure
- A heart condition or poor circulation
- An overactive thyroid gland
- Excessive levels of adrenaline in the blood
- Recently had an operation on the nose
- Difficulty passing urine
- Already using a decongestant treatment
If you are using a treatment for another condition, speak to a doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before using this nasal spray.
Can someone who is pregnant or breastfeeding use this nasal spray?
Anyone who is pregnant or breastfeeding should seek advice from a medical professional before using this nasal spray.
How should Care Ephedrine Nasal Drops 1% be used?
Do not touch the glass dropper, and do not put it inside your nose. Instead, tilt your head back and drop the liquid into each nostril. Do not share the dropper. The recommended dosage is 1-2 droplets up to 4 times a day. Do not use for more than 7 days without speaking to a doctor first.
Are there any side effects?
Like with many types of medication, there is a chance of side effects. Potential side effects include:
- A headache
- Dizziness and fainting
- Irritation, dryness, and soreness in the nose
- Inflammation of the skin
- Heart palpitations
- Changes in blood circulation
If you notice any side effect when using these nasal drops, stop using and speak to a doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist as soon as possible. You can also record any side effect that you notice using the MHRA Yellow Card Scheme.
Why do I need to answer questions to buy this product?
You do not need a prescription for Care Ephedrine Nasal Drops, however, you will be asked to complete a short medical questionnaire by your Chemist 4 U pharmacist before we can take your order. This includes some simple questions that all pharmacies legally are required to ask before supplying this kind of product. This helps our pharmacy team to be sure that this is the best choice for you.
This product is a medicine; make sure to speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before taking this product if you have an underlying medical problem or are taking any other medicine or complementary therapy. If your symptoms get worse or continue after taking this product, contact us or your doctor. For medical services in your area, please refer to https://www.nhs.uk
If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor or our pharmacist before taking this product. If you suffer from any allergies, ask your doctor or our pharmacist if this medicine is right for you.
Store all medicines out of sight and reach of children.
Please read the included leaflet carefully before using this product.
Please contact your GP if appropriate regarding this product.
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