Xylometazoline (also known as xylometazoline hydrochloride is a decongestant that’s used in popular nasal sprays and drops from brands like Otrivine and Sudafed.
Xylometazoline helps to clear your blocked nose by reducing secretions and helping swollen blood vessels in your nose to return to their usual size so you can breathe more easily again.
This makes these nasal sprays perfect for those who have a blocked nose caused by hay fever, allergies, sinusitis, or cold and flu.
If you’re struggling to breathe through your stuffy nose and need a way to clear your nose, nasal sprays that contain xylometazoline can help you to get back to normal quickly.
If you’re using a xylometazoline 0.1% nasal spray to ease your congestion, then the most common dosage you’ll be advised to take is one spray into each nostril 1 – 3 times a day.
Take as needed, but do not take more than 3 doses in 24 hours.
This is the dosage that’s recommended for adults and children over the age of 12 in most manufacturer’s patient information leaflets.
However, your doctor or pharmacist may recommend a different dose for you depending on your personal circumstances, so always remember to follow their instructions carefully and read the patient information leaflet that comes with your own medication carefully before use.
These information leaflets will explain how to use your own xylometazoline nasal spray in detail.
Most xylometazoline nasal sprays can be used by children over the age of 12.
However, some xylometazoline nasal drops can be used by children as young as 6.
If you need a decongestant for your child, speak to your doctor or pharmacist before giving them anything for the first time, as they may wish to recommend a more suitable product.
Like all medications, xylometazoline can have side effects, although not everyone will experience them. These include:
If you experience these or any other side effects while taking xylometazoline, stop use and speak to your doctor or pharmacist if necessary.
For a full list of the side effects of your own product, please read the patient information leaflet that comes included with it.
You should not use xylometazoline hydrochloride during pregnancy.
If you’re pregnant and need a decongestant to ease symptoms of a cold or hay fever, speak to your doctor or pharmacist so they can recommend a suitable product for you.
If you’re breastfeeding, you should only use xylometazoline if your doctor has told you to do so.