What is Otrivine Sinusitis Spray?
Otrivine Sinusitis Spray is designed to help to treat sinusitis, clearing your nasal passages and relieving your blocked nose. One simple spray in each nostril is enough to start your treatment, leaving you feeling clear and free to breathe easily.
What is sinusitis?
Sinusitis is a common sinus infection commonly happens after you have suffered with a cold or the flu. When you have sinusitis, your sinuses can swell, causing pain, headaches, and a blocked nose. Sinusitis will usually clear up on its own within a couple of weeks, but many people seek out treatment to clear their infection more quickly.
How will this product treat my sinusitis?
Otrivine Sinusitis Spray contains the active ingredient xylometazoline hydrochloride, which helps to clear your nasal passages. It does this by helping swollen blood vessels in your nose return to the right size, giving you more room to breathe. It also helps to reduce excessive secretions produced in your nose, reducing blockage.
Can I use this product if I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?
Speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before using Otrivine or any other medication if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Some products may not be safe for you or your child, and a medical professional may need to suggest another course of treatment.
Can I use this product if I’m taking other medication?
You should tell your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist if you are taking any other medication before using this product. Some medications can interact when used together, making them less effective or causing unwanted side effects. You should especially speak to a medical professional before using Otrivine if you have recently taken MAOIs (monoamine oxidase inhibitors) or any other antidepressants.
How to use Otrivine Sinusitis Spray
Before using Otrivine Sinusitis Spray, clear your nose by blowing it gently. Lean forward and insert the nozzle into your nostril. Breathe in and press the pump down at the same time, depositing Otrivine Sinusitis Spray into your nose. Repeat in the other nostril. Spray one dose of Otrivine Sinusitis Spray into each nostril 1 – 3 times a day for up to 7 days.
When should Otrivine Sinusitis Spray not be used?
Otrivine Sinusitis Spray is not suitable for use on children under the age of 12. Do not use Otrivine Sinusitis Spray if you are allergic to xylometazoline hydrochloride or any of the other listed ingredients. This product should not be used by those who have recently had neurosurgery. Speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before using Otrivine Sinusitis Spray if you:
- Have hyperthyroidism (an overactive thyroid gland)
- Have glaucoma
- Have diabetes mellitus
- Have heart disease
- Have circulatory disease
- Have hypertension
Does this product have any side effects?
Like all medicines, Otrivine Sinusitis Spray can have side effects, although not everyone will get them. These side effects include:
- Burning sensation in the nose and throat
- Local irritation
- Dryness of the nasal membranes
- Temporary and passing visual disturbances
- Allergic reactions
- Cardiovascular effects or palpitations, especially in those with heart problems
If you experience these or any other side effects while using Otrivine Sinusitis Spray, speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist right away. For more information about reporting the side effects of medication, please see the MHRA’s Yellow Card Scheme.
How to store this product
Store in a cool, dry place. Store in original packaging, do not use if expiration date printed on packaging has passed. Do not use this product for more than 28 days after opening it. Keep out of sight and reach of children.
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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- Xylometazoline Hydrochloride
The active ingredient is xylometazoline hydrochloride (0.1% w/v).
The other ingredients are Benzalkonium chloride, sodium phosphate, disodium edetate, sodium acid phosphate, sodium chloride, sorbitol, hypromellose and purified water.
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