What is Otrivine Allergy Relief 0.1% Nasal Spray?
This Otrivine Nasal Spray is a treatment that is intended to be used to treat symptoms associated with an allergy, such as hay fever. The active ingredient in this nasal spray is xylometazoline hydrochloride, which belongs in a group of medicines known as corticosteroids. Corticosteroids work by reducing inflammation, reducing the swollen blood vessels that cause a blocked or stuffy nose.
What is the cause of a blocked nose in an allergic reaction?
A blocked nose from an allergy is caused by allergens which trigger a defence from the immune system. This defence comes in the form of histamine, which triggers the effects that an allergy is known for. An allergy happens because the substance causing it is believed to be harmful when it isn’t.
Who is this Otrivine 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 that are contained in the nasal spray, or if you have recently had neurosurgery. Speak to a doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before using if any of the following applies to you:
- Have an overactive thyroid
- Have glaucoma
- Are diabetic
- Have heart disease
- Have hypertension
If you are using any other form of medication, then it is recommended that you 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?
Someone who is pregnant or breastfeeding should consult a medical professional for advice before using this nasal spray.
How should Otrivine Allergy Relief 0.1% Nasal Spray be used?
Before using, blow your nose. Lean forward slightly and place the nozzle into a nostril. Press down on the pump to spray and while spraying, sniff in the spray. The recommended dosage is 1 spray into each nostril 2-3 times a day.
Are there any side effects?
Like with any medicines, there is a chance of side effects when using. Potential side effects from this nasal spray include:
- Burning sensation
- A headache
- Blurred vision
- An allergic reaction
If you notice any side effect, 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.
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.
Helpful Advice on Medication Restrictions & Addiction
For further information on our medication restrictions policy, please click here.
If you are concerned about addiction to 'over the counter' medication, we urge you to visit the below links for professional help and advice:
- Xylometazoline hydrochloride
- Sodium dihydrogen phosphate dehydrate
- Disodium phosphate dodecahydrate
- Sodium chloride
- Disodium edetate
- Polyoxylhydrogenated castor oil (macrogol glycerol hydroxy stearate)
- Purified water
Do I Have Hay Fever or a Cold?
It’s the middle of summer and you’re sniffing and sneezing and, frankly, feeling a bit gross.
But what’s going on here? Have you picked up an uncomfortable Summer cold, or are you suffering with hay fever?
There are a couple of ways to figure out what’s giving you the sneezes and the coughs, so let’s take a look at each condition and how you can tell them apart.
Which Hay Fever Treatment Is Right For Me?
Can I Take Two Kinds Of Hayfever Medication At Once?
Some hay fever sufferers may even find that when they do find a hay fever medication that works, it doesn’t completely get rid of all of their annoying hay fever symptoms.
If you’ve ever found yourself in this situation, you may start to wonder if one kind of hay fever medication is enough, and whether it would be safe to take more than one at the same time.
Do I have hay fever? Your hay fever diagnosis
Hay fever is a very common allergy, but how are you supposed to know if you have hay fever?
Sure, you might get a couple of coughs and sneezes in the summer months, but is that just a cold or is hay fever to blame?
If you’ve ever wondered about hay fever and whether you could have it yourself, we’re here to help.
This our handy guide to what hay fever is and how you could be diagnosed with one of the world’s most common allergies.
What Can I Do To Treat My Child's Hayfever?
Does your child have the sniffles and the sneezes long after cold and flu season is over? Your little one could be suffering with hayfever. Hayfever is a common allergy, with up to 40% of children suffering with hayfever, but there are things you can do to help.
Today, we’re going to take a look at all things hayfever and what you can do to help your child through hayfever season.
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