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Otrivin User Reviews & Ratings

Otrivin has an average rating of 4.8 out of 10 from a total of 56 reviews on Drugs.com. 39% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 59% reported a negative experience.

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Reviews for Otrivin

  • Patch
  • Taken for 5 to 10 years
  • August 17, 2018

For Nasal Congestion "Be wary of this drug highly addictive - MAXIMUM use is 3 days. Could not go without it always a bottle carried around with me spent a fortune over the years!Couldn’t go without it for a clear nose. It is called rebound congestion. So went to doctor and told to go off it cold turkey or would end up with a cocaine nose. Went cold turkey and had headaches, sinus, dizzy and nausea. I Had to sleep in an upright position to breathe. Been off it for 3 years. Took 2 weeks of withdrawal symptoms. Don’t touch it"

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  • Tilbs
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • December 26, 2012

For Nasal Congestion "A lifesaver at night when unable to mouth breath. Only problem was I became addicted to using it! My nose became congested every-night & would only become unblocked when I used Otrivin. I had to wean myself off it."

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  • Vipin...
  • January 23, 2018

For Nasal Congestion "Never use this medicine. It left my nose hurt and burning. Definitely clears the congestion. But gives you the side effects like headache, toothache, nose hurts badly. Worst nasal spray I've ever seen."

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  • Anonymous
  • Taken for 2 to 5 years
  • October 3, 2017

For Nasal Congestion "Warning please don't use otrivin. As your well wisher I would like to draw your attention towards the side effects of otrivin. It's been 10 years now that I'm using nose drops as I had deviated septum and oversized turbino. In 2015 I had an operation of septoplasty and turbinoplasty. Along with this I have allergic rhinitis so I started using otrivin as nasal decongestant but somehow I got addicted to this otrivin it gives you a nice, clear open nose. But you know you get rebound congestion after a while. Once you use otrivin then it will keep your nose open for 9 hours but once the effect is gone you face the same problem but this time your nose blows up inside t twice the size it was. Stop it before it gets too late don't suffer like me..."

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  • Anonymous
  • November 3, 2011

For Nasal Congestion "It was prescribed by my doctors several years ago. Now it's OTC. It works perfectly and in a timely manner. It's soothing and not harsh like most nasal sprays. No horrible aftertaste either. Used it for years with none of the side affects mentioned."

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  • Cam
  • May 1, 2015

For Nasal Congestion "I call it miraculous. I couldn't breathe at night when I had a cold. Mother in law gave me Otrivin and it unblocked my nose in a few seconds. I now use it whenever I have nose congestion and it performs each and every time. I honestly am so glad there is finally an effective drug for nose congestion."

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  • Shirl
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • April 5, 2020

For Nasal Congestion "Used Otrivin for a few days congestion went, but ended up with a sore burning throat/back of tongue. Had to buy a throat spray to ease the soreness. After 2 days of not using Otrivin I’m so much better. Just be careful"

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  • Natesh
  • Taken for 10 years or more
  • February 10, 2019

For Nasal Congestion "Respected Government of India (Ministry of Medical) This product manufacturer is making profit day by day increasing otrivin price continuously. In the year of 2013 this product price is around Rs.30 to 40. Now this product price is Rs. 73, Product quality is also decrease, it is just like normal water,, on behalf of indian otrivin user medical council most take immediate action to stop the production.."

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  • Ksmyth
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • March 27, 2020

For Nasal Congestion "My nose feels like it’s collapsed and breathing is difficult so thought I would try otrivine. Very fast relief of congestion Relief, but some discomfort. When blowing my nose the next day (1 day of use) there was blood on the tissue. On the second day of using it my nose bled fully, without blowing my nose. Have stopped using since and my nose is no longer bleeding and feels blocked again. For reference: My bottle contained xylometazoline and hydrochloride"

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  • Deniro
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • July 18, 2019

For Nasal Congestion "Bought 2 bottles of this for both myself & my 14 year old as our hayfever was very bad. Within a few days both myself & my daughter suffered with very sore nasal passages that bled and for my daughter became infected. Couldn't use anymore."

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  • Beast
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • October 26, 2020

For Nasal Congestion "Had pretty bad congestion at night so I had sprayed the product in just the way they said spray and breathe it in did it twice and my congestion became even worse after like 5 - 10 mins it cleared with runny nose and a continuous pain its been 15 mins since and it still hurts"

3 / 10
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  • DJ Ca...
  • May 16, 2023

For Nasal Congestion "DO NOT USE!! Be very careful I used this every time I got a cold, and it did work however I lost my sense of smell permanently. I can not smell bacon, coffee, the ocean, or anything. I really miss my sense of smell and hope that there is no gas leak in the house as I wouldn't be able to smell it. Shouldn't be allowed to be sold without a prescription and doctor's supervision at all."

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  • laura
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • April 25, 2023

For Nasal Congestion "I woke up with a terrible cold and sinus congestion. I've used Otrivin in the past with no issues, but after using it once today, my nostrils are now so irritated and uncomfortable, it feels like they're on fire. My gums are also feeling sore and I'm starting to get a headache. This is terrible."

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  • King
  • Taken for 6 months to 1 year
  • September 12, 2018

For Nasal Congestion "I hate stuff other ones like this because they never worked for me but Otrivin? I use it 2 times a day every day because my allergies are just that bad and it is the best thing that has ever been created... like ever. 10 out of 10, would use again, get this... get this."

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  • Angie...
  • Taken for 5 to 10 years
  • October 27, 2015

For Nasal Congestion "Fantastic product. Prefer the squeezy bottle as you use how much you need. Great for colds & hayfever. The measured dose spray however I don't like as it's too big for me. Gives me nervousness/ heart beats fast."

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  • Marc
  • February 7, 2020

For Nasal Congestion "The best nasal spray for clearing noses, nothing works as good as Otrivin and I can't begin to tell you how much it has helped me out in life. Highly recommended it always works fast and always effective."

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  • Kirsty
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • December 30, 2020

For Nasal Congestion "Used otrivine for a few days as I suffer from congestion constantly, whilst it does unblock your nose, it doesn't last very long and the rebound congestion is awful, my nose is now bloody and sore, large chunks of bloodied mucus pile up and I have headaches and my nose is worse than it was before! Going to go back to sudafed, it seems gentler and hasn't caused a bloody nose ever!"

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  • Donot...
  • February 22, 2017

For Nasal Congestion "Became addicted to it. Used it several times a day for about 20 years. HAD to use it to keep nostrils open. Finally a doctor said I should stop. I quit cold turkey. Very hard. After about a month it was OVER. I do not need them now and do not have to carry nose drops 24-7. Do NOT start using it!!! Have been off them for over 15 years now."

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  • Moo
  • Taken for 6 months to 1 year
  • July 5, 2018

For Nasal Congestion "Always suffered with really bad nasal congestion. I've tried loads of different ones. This is the best! Better than many brands. It is really distressing to continually have a blocked nose. This works a treat"

8 / 10
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  • Bobby
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • February 17, 2021

For Nasal Congestion "This product was suggested by the pharmacy. Whilst it did clear the blockage, the pain was considerable. I stopped taking it after 2 days (using it as directed), but after 2-3 weeks I am still seeing blood when blowing my nose (especially after coughing). I would suggest being VERY careful about using Otrivine and avoid where possible."

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  • CT89
  • August 4, 2017

For Nasal Congestion "Good for the congestion, clears you up, however, used for only 1.5 days and the inside of my nose is raw and bleeding, the spray also has hurt / stung the back of my throat. Have used nasal sprays in the past, no other has ever had these effects."

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  • Ash
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • May 31, 2022

For Nasal Congestion "Had every negative side effect possible. Cleared my nose but I went through the wringer with this one. Groggy, felt weight down, dizziness, feeling like I'd pass put, couldn't move any quicker than in slow motion. Messed me up! Only used for 3 days and two day after stopping I'm still suffering the effects"

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  • wisey
  • Taken for 1 to 2 years
  • October 8, 2020

For Nasal Congestion "used otrivin daily for several years back in my early 20's.. I'm now 55. at about 22 my doctor told me I had the worst case of nasal membrane decay he had ever seen and said to stop using immediately, which I did. I later had rhinoplasty which helped my breathing immensely. I'm still kind of waiting for a nasal cancer diagnosis at some stage if my life.... cant be good using that stuff non stop can it."

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  • Mr Jo...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • January 24, 2022

For Nasal Congestion "Used otrivin at 3pm as my nose has been blocked up for 2 days. Within 5 to ten minutes my nose was clear but my sinuses were destroyed. It's like when you get right to the edge of a sneeze and then you don't. You know that burning feeling, yeah that. In my nose, throat, sinuses and ears. It is now 22h30 and I'm still in pain and running a fever of 38.5. There are other options out there....STAY AWAY"

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  • Kosta
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • September 11, 2020

For Nasal Congestion "Otrivin worked great for my blocked nose too. I had a blocked nose for a few days and it was starting to get too annoying, Otrivin cleared up within two minutes after use. It did exactly what I used it for."

10 / 10
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