Afrin Side Effects

Generic Name: oxymetazoline nasal

Note: This page contains information about the side effects of oxymetazoline nasal. Some of the dosage forms included on this document may not apply to the brand name Afrin.

Not all side effects for Afrin may be reported. You should always consult a doctor or healthcare professional for medical advice. Side effects can be reported to the FDA here.

For the Consumer

Applies to oxymetazoline nasal: nasal solution, nasal spray

In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by oxymetazoline nasal (the active ingredient contained in Afrin). In the event that any of these side effects do occur, they may require medical attention.

You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when taking oxymetazoline nasal:

  • Blurred vision
  • fast, irregular, or pounding heartbeat
  • headache, dizziness, drowsiness, or lightheadedness
  • high blood pressure
  • increase in runny or stuffy nose
  • nervousness
  • trembling
  • trouble in sleeping
  • weakness

Some of the side effects that can occur with oxymetazoline nasal may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

  • Burning, dryness, or stinging inside of nose
  • sneezing

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to oxymetazoline nasal: nasal solution, nasal spray

Local

Local side effects have included burning and stinging following application.

Other

Rebound congestion may be more prevalent with a duration of use greater than 3 days.

Other side effects have included rebound congestion.

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