Naphazoline drops

Generic Name: naphazoline (naf-AZ-oh-leen)
Brand Name: Privine

Naphazoline drops is used for:

Temporarily relieving stuffy nose due to cold, hay fever, or other upper respiratory allergies associated with sinus inflammation. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Naphazoline drops is a decongestant nose drop. It works by shrinking swollen and congested nasal tissues, relieving congestion and improving drainage and breathing through the nose.

Do NOT use naphazoline drops if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in naphazoline drops
  • you have narrow-angle glaucoma
  • you are taking furazolidone or have taken a monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor (eg, phenelzine) within the last 14 days

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using naphazoline drops:

Some medical conditions may interact with naphazoline drops. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, or an overactive thyroid

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with naphazoline drops. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Furazolidone, MAO inhibitors (eg, phenelzine), or tricyclic antidepressants (eg, amitriptyline) because side effects, such as headache, increased body temperature, and high blood pressure, may be increased
  • Bromocriptine or cocaine because the actions and side effects of these medicines may be increased

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if naphazoline drops may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use naphazoline drops:

Use naphazoline drops as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • To use nose drops, gently blow your nose. Lie down and tilt your head back. Breathe through your mouth. Insert the dropper tip in the nose no more than one-third inch. Try not to touch the dropper tip to the inside of your nose. Place the correct number of drops in your nose. Continue to lie down with your head tilted back for 2 minutes.
  • If you miss a dose of naphazoline drops and are using it regularly, use it as soon as possible. If it is much more than an hour since your missed dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use naphazoline drops.

Important safety information:

  • Naphazoline drops is for use in the nose only. Avoid contact with the eyes or mouth.
  • Do not share naphazoline drops with anyone else. Sharing may cause an infection to spread to another person.
  • Diabetes patients - Naphazoline drops may affect your blood sugar. Check blood sugar levels closely and ask your doctor before adjusting the dose of your diabetes medicine.
  • Naphazoline drops is not recommended for use in CHILDREN younger than 6 years of age. Safety and effectiveness in this age group have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using naphazoline drops during pregnancy. It is unknown if naphazoline drops is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using naphazoline drops, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of naphazoline drops:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Burning; increased nasal discharge; sneezing; stinging.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue).

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Naphazoline drops may be harmful if swallowed.

Proper storage of naphazoline drops:

Store naphazoline drops at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep naphazoline drops out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about naphazoline drops, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Naphazoline drops is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take naphazoline drops or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about naphazoline drops. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to naphazoline drops. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using naphazoline drops.

Issue Date: April 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.2.1.001
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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