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Saline gel

Pronunciation

Generic Name: saline (SAY-leen)
Brand Name: NasoGel

Saline gel is used for:

Treating dry or irritated nasal passages caused by colds, allergies, low humidity, or overuse of decongestant nose spray.

Saline gel is a moisturizing salt gel. It works by soothing and moisturizing dry nasal passages.

Do NOT use saline gel if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in saline gel

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if this applies to you.

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Before using saline gel:

Some medical conditions may interact with saline gel. 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

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with saline gel. However, no specific interactions are known at this time.

Ask your health care provider if saline gel 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 saline gel:

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

  • Apply a small amount of saline gel to the inside of each nostril as needed for dryness.
  • You may use a clean cotton swab to apply saline gel, unless otherwise directed by your doctor.
  • If you miss a dose of saline gel, use the dose when you remember and continue to use saline gel as directed by your doctor or the package labeling.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use saline gel.

Important safety information:

  • Saline gel is for the nose. Do not use it for dryness in the mouth.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using saline gel while you are pregnant. It is not known if saline gel is found in breast milk after topical use. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use saline gel, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of saline gel:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. No COMMON side effects have been reported with the proper use of saline gel. Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; 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.

Proper storage of saline gel:

Store saline gel at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store in a cool, dry place away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not freeze. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep saline gel out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about saline gel, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Saline gel 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 saline gel 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 saline gel. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to saline gel. 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 saline gel.

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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