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Care Decongestant Nasal
(oxymetazoline hydrochloride)
Important information about Care
Decongestant Nasal Spray
• This medicine relieves nasal congestion in
head colds, catarrh and hay fever in adults,
the elderly and children over 12 years.

Do not use….
• For anyone under 12 years old.
• For longer than 7 days.

Talk to your doctor….
• If your congestion has not cleared up after 7
Now read the rest of the leaflet before you
use this medicine. It includes other
information which might be especially
important for you.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it
• Ask your pharmacist if you need any more
information or advice.
• If any of the side effects gets serious, or if
you notice any side effects not listed in this
leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.

1. What the medicine is for
Care Decongestant Nasal Spray is for the relief
of nasal congestion in head colds, catarrh and
hay fever. It contains oxymetazoline
hydrochloride which acts to relieve congestion
by constricting the blood vessels in the nose.

2. Before you use this
Do not use the medicine if you
• Taken monoamine oxidase inhibitors
(MAOIs) for depression within the past 2
weeks, or are taking beta-blockers for your
heart or blood pressure.
• An allergy (difficulty in breathing, fever,
swelling of the mouth, lips or skin, severe
rashes, itching) to any of the ingredients
listed in section 6.
• Porphyria (a disorder of the metabolism).
• Glaucoma (raised pressure inside the
• Heart disease, irregular heartbeat or angina
(pain or tightness in the centre of the chest).
• High blood pressure or poor circulation.
• An overactive thyroid gland.
• Diabetes.
• Phaeochromocytoma (a rare tumour of the
adrenal glands).
• Recently had an operation on your nose or
• Or are already taking other medicines to
unblock your nose.
• Do not give to children under 12 years old.

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if
you have....

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if
you are taking….
• Guanethidine, beta-blockers or any other
drugs for high blood pressure.
• Digoxin or digitoxin for heart failure.
• Ergotamine or methysergide for migraine
• Rasagiline for Parkinson’s disease.
• Medicines or supplements to reduce your
appetite or make you more alert.
• Thyroid hormones e.g. levothyroxine.
• Or if oxytocin is used to assist birth or

Pregnant or breastfeeding….
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before
using this medicine if you are pregnant, might
be pregnant or are breastfeeding. Care
Decongestant Nasal Spray should not be used
in pregnancy unless the doctor has told you to
do so.

Important information about some
of the ingredients
• This product contains benzalkonium chloride
which may cause difficulty in breathing or
• It also contains thiomersal which may cause
local skin reactions (e.g. contact dermatitis)
and discolouration.

• Kidney problems.
• Prostate problems.
• Or you are elderly.

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3. How to use this medicine

4. Possible side effects

5. Storing this medicine

• Blow the nose to clear the nasal passages.
• Hold bottle upright and insert into each nostril
in turn.
• Firmly squeeze the sides of the bottle twice,
while breathing in to draw the medicine well
into the nasal cavity.

Like all medicines, Care Decongestant Nasal
Spray can have side effects, although these
don’t affect everyone.

• Keep it out of the reach and sight of children.
• There are no special conditions for storing
this medicine.
• Do not use after the expiry date shown on the
carton. The expiry date refers to the last day
of that month.
• Medicine should not be disposed of via
wastewater or household waste. Ask your
pharmacist how to dispose of any unused
medicine. These measures will help to protect
the environment.

Adults, the elderly and children
over 12 years
• Use up to 3 times a day or use at bedtime to
give relief through the night.
Do not use for longer than 7 days without
talking to your doctor.
If symptoms persist you should ask your
doctor for advice.
Keep away from eyes.
Prolonged use may make your nasal congestion

Children under 12 years
Do not give to children under 12 years.

If you use too much
If you accidentally use too much or swallow
some, see a doctor straight away. Take the pack
with you to show which medicine you have

Important side effects:
If you think you have any of the following side
effects or symptoms, stop using this medicine
immediately and see a doctor as soon as
• Allergic reactions which may cause difficulty
in breathing, fever, swelling of the mouth, lips
or skin, severe rashes, itching.
Other possible side effects are:
• Irritation, dryness or soreness in the nose.
• Contact dermatitis (skin inflammation and
redness) or skin discolouration following
contact with the product.
• Headache, dizziness.
• Weakness and trembling.
• Anxiety, fear, being irritable, restless or not
sleeping, confused or seeing things.
• Feeling sick, being sick, less saliva than usual
in your mouth, anorexia.
• Effects on the heart e.g. irregular heartbeat,
• Effects on the circulation e.g. cold feet or
hands, high blood pressure.
• Shortness of breath.
Using the medicine for more than 7 days may
make your congestion worse and the effect will
decrease (tolerance).
If you notice these or any other side effect not
included above, stop use and tell your doctor or
pharmacist. They will tell you what to do.

6. Further information
What is in this medicine
The active ingredient is: oxymetazoline
hydrochloride 0.05% w/v.
The other ingredients are: benzalkonium
chloride, thiomersal, sodium chloride,
levomenthol, cineole, camphor, methyl
salicylate, poloxamer, sodium citrate (E331),
citric acid (E330) and purified water.

What the medicine looks like
Care Decongestant Nasal Spray is a clear,
colourless liquid which smells of camphor and
It is supplied in 15ml bottles.

Marketing authorisation holder and
Thornton and Ross Ltd., Huddersfield,
HD7 5QH, UK.
This leaflet was revised in August 2011


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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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