What is Vicks Sinex Soother?
Vicks Sinex Soother is a nasal spray that can help to ease congestion in your blocked nose. It’s ideal for when you have a cold or rhinitis caused by an allergy, hay fever, or viral infection. Vicks Sinex Soother gets to work fast, working in just a few minutes and helping to ease congestion for up to 12 hours with each dose.
Why have I got a blocked nose?
There are lots of reasons why you may have a blocked nose, it’s a common problem and it usually isn’t anything to worry about. Some of the most common causes of a blocked nose are a cold and rhinitis, which can both cause inflammation in your nasal passages, giving you less room to breathe as excess mucus builds up. A blocked nose will usually go away on its own when the cause, such as the cold or allergy, has cleared up.
How will the oxymetazoline hydrochloride in Vicks Sinex Soother help to relieve my blocked nose?
The active ingredient in Vicks Sinex Soother is oxymetazoline hydrochloride, with 25mcg of the active ingredient in each spray. Oxymetazoline is a decongestant which works by constricting the swollen blood vessels in your nose, helping to reduce inflammation and giving you more room to breathe. It works within just a few minutes and the effect can last for up to 12 hours at a time, perfect for when you have a cold or rhinitis.
Can I use this nasal spray if I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?
If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Vicks Sinex Soother. This spray should only be used at this time if you’ve been advised to do so by a medical professional.
Can I use this product if I’m taking other medication?
If you’re taking any other medication, including those you obtained without a prescription, you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist before using Vicks Sinex Soother. This especially applies if you are already taking:
- Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs) for depression or Parkinson’s disease, or have taken them within the past 2 weeks
- Tricyclic antidepressants, e.g. amitriptyline, imipramine
- Beta-blockers or high blood pressure medications
- Medication for Parkinson’s disease, e.g. bromocriptine
How to use this nasal spray
Remove the cap and place the nozzle in one nostril, keeping the bottle upright and closing your other nostril with your finger. While breathing in deeply, push down to spray into your nostril, then repeat in the other nostril. Use 1 – 2 sprays in each nostril 2 – 3 times a day. Do not use more than 12 sprays (6 sprays in each nostril) a day.
When should this product not be used?
Vicks Sinex Soother is not suitable for use in children under the age of 12. Do not use this product if you are allergic to oxymetazoline hydrochloride or any of the other listed ingredients. Do not use this product if you have:
- Acute heart disease or cardiac asthma
- Increased eyeball pressure (narrow-angle glaucoma)
- Had an operation to remove your pituitary gland
- Inflamed skin or mucous membranes in your nostrils, or scabs in your nose
Speak to your doctor or pharmacist before using this product if you:
- Have high blood pressure
- Have heart disease, including angina
- Have diabetes
- Have thyroid problems
- Enlarged prostate gland
Does Vicks Sinex Soother have any side effects?
Like all medications, Vicks Sinex Soother can have side effects, although not everyone will experience them. These side effects include:
- Dryness or irritation in the nose, mouth, or throat
- Disturbed sleep in children
- Rapid heartbeat
- Raised blood pressure
- Blocked nose
- Swelling of nasal lining
- Visual disturbances
If you experience these or any other side effects while using this product, stop use and speak to your doctor or pharmacist. 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 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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The active substance is: oxymetazoline hydrochloride 0.5 mg/ml. One spray (equivalent to 0.05 ml) contains approximately 25 micrograms oxymetazoline hydrochloride.
The other ingredients are: sorbitol, sodium citrate, polysorbate 80, benzyl alcohol, citric acid anhydrous, benzalkonium chloride solution, acesulfame potassium, levomenthol, cineole, disodium edetate, aloes dry extract, levocarvone, water, purified.
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If you continue to use your nasal spray, this will give rise to rebound congestion can last for weeks or even months
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