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Xylometazoline spray

Generic Name: xylometazoline (ZYE-loe-me-TAZ-oh-leen)
Brand Name: 4-Way Moisturizing Relief

Xylometazoline spray is used for:

Relieving nasal congestion due to the common cold, hay fever, other upper respiratory tract allergies, or sinus infection. It also soothes nasal discomfort caused by dryness. It may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Xylometazoline spray is a decongestant. It works by shrinking swollen and congested nasal tissues (mucous membranes) by constricting blood vessels. This results in relief of congestion (stuffy feeling), improved drainage of mucus, and improved breathing through the nose. Local application (eg, nose drops and sprays) causes more intense and rapid vasoconstriction than oral medicines (eg, tablets, syrups).

Do NOT use xylometazoline spray if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in xylometazoline spray

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

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Before using xylometazoline spray:

Some medical conditions may interact with xylometazoline spray. 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 a history of high blood pressure, enlarged prostate or trouble urinating, diabetes, overactive thyroid, or heart disease

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

Ask your health care provider if xylometazoline spray 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 xylometazoline spray:

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

  • To use a nose spray, gently blow your nose. Sit down and tilt your head back slightly. Place the tip of the spray container into the nose. Using a finger from your other hand, press against the opposite nostril to close it off. Breathe gently through the open nostril and squeeze the spray container. If you are using more than 1 spray, wait for 1 to 2 minutes between sprays. After using the medicine, rinse the tip of the spray unit in hot water and dry with a clean tissue to prevent contamination.
  • If you miss a dose of xylometazoline spray and are using it regularly, use it as soon as possible. If it is much more than 1 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 xylometazoline spray.

Important safety information:

  • Do not use xylometazoline spray for more than 3 days unless advised to do so by your health care provider. Frequent or long-term use of xylometazoline spray may cause nasal congestion to recur or worsen.
  • Diabetes patients - Xylometazoline spray may affect your blood sugar. Check blood sugar levels closely. Ask your doctor before you change the dose of your diabetes medicine.
  • Xylometazoline spray should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 12 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using xylometazoline spray while you are pregnant. It is not known if xylometazoline spray is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use xylometazoline spray, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of xylometazoline spray:

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:

Increase in nasal discharge; temporary burning, stinging or sneezing.

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); chest pain; fast or irregular heartbeat; nervousness; severe or persistent headache; tremor.

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 xylometazoline spray:

Store xylometazoline spray at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) in a tightly closed container. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep xylometazoline spray out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about xylometazoline spray, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Xylometazoline spray is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other due to increased risk of spreading infection.
  • 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 xylometazoline spray 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 xylometazoline spray. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to xylometazoline spray. 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 xylometazoline spray.

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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