What is Otrivine Allergy Relief nasal spray?
Otrivine Allergy Relief nasal spray is a daily treatment for allergy symptoms that affect your nose. If you’re looking for a simple treatment for symptoms like sneezing, or a blocked or runny nose during allergy season, this nasal spray can help to clear your airways so you’ll feel more comfortable. Otrivine Allergy Relief is perfect for hay fever season, but can also be used to reduce congestion caused by other allergies (such as pet fur or dust allergies), colds, and sinusitis.
Why does my nose get blocked when I have an allergic reaction?
When you have an allergic reaction to something like pollen, pet fur, or dust, your body releases a natural substance called histamine to counteract the allergen. Histamine in released into different areas of your body, where it gets to work causing allergy symptoms which are designed to remove the allergen from your system. When histamine is released into your nose it can cause swelling in the membranes that line the inside of your nostrils, causing a blocked nose. This swelling leaves less room for mucus in your nose, making your nose run, even when it feels blocked.
How will the 0.1% Xylometasone in Otrivine ease my allergy symptoms?
The active ingredient in Otrivine Allergy Relief is 0.1% xylometasone, which is a decongestant. It works by relieving swelling in your nasal passages, which gives you more room to breathe and clears your blockage. This prevents a runny nose and reduces the irritation that causes sneezing and itching, helping you to feel more comfortable when your allergies kick in.
Can I drive after using this hay fever nasal spray?
You will usually be totally fine to drive after using Otrivine Allergy Relief nasal spray, as it’s a non-drowsy medication. However, temporary visual disturbances, like blurred vision, are an occasional side effect of this medication, so you will need to make sure your vision isn’t affected before you attempt to drive or use any tools or machinery.
Can I use this allergy relief during pregnancy?
If you’re rpegnant or breastfeeding you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Otrivine Allergy Relief or any other medication. Although doctors will often recommend nasal sprays for allergy relief during pregnancy, rather than antihistamine tablets, you should only take them if a medical professional has recommended it for you.
Can I use this nasal spray with my normal medication or antihistamines?
If you’re taking any other medication, including other hay fever medications, herbal remedies, or medicines you obtained without a prescription, you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Otrivine Allergy Relief Nasal Spray. This especially applies if you have taken MAOIs (monoamine oxidase inhibitors) or other antidepressants within the past 2 weeks.
How to use this nasal spray
Before using this product, clear your nose by gently blowing it into a tissue. Remove the protective cap from your bottle of Otrivine Allergy Relief and hold it upright with your thumb beneath its base and a finger on each side of the nozzle. Lean your head forward slightly and insert the nozzle into one of your nostrils. Breathe in through your nose and press down on the pump of the nasal spray to release one spray into your nose. For best results, spray once into each nostril 2 - 3 times a day, do not use more than 6 sprays total in one day.
When should this product not be used?
Otrivine Allergy Relief nasal spray is not suitable for children under the age of 12. Do not use this product if you’re 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 pharmacist before using this product if you have:
- An overactive thyroid, hyperthyroidism
- Diabetes mellitus
- Heart disease or circulatory disease
Does Otrivine Allergy Relief have any side effects?
Like all medications, Otrivine Allergy Relief can have side effects, although not everyone will experience them. These include:
- Burning sensation in your nose or throat
- Local irritation
- Feeling sick
- Dryness of the nasal membranes (dryness inside the nose)
- Temporary visual disturbances e.g. blurred or cloudy vision
- Allergic reactions
- Cardiovascular effects, especially in those with heart problems, e.g. palpitations
If you experience these or any other side effects while using this product you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist. If your symptoms are particularly severe, stop use and seek immediate medical assistance. For more information about reporting the side effects of medications, please see the MHRA’s Yellow Card Scheme.
How to store this product
Store in a cool, dry place which is below 25 degrees C. Do not use this product if the expiry date printed on the original packaging has passed. 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
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