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Kovanaze Side Effects

Generic Name: oxymetazoline / tetracaine nasal

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

Applies to oxymetazoline / tetracaine nasal: nasal solution

In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by oxymetazoline / tetracaine nasal. In the event that any of these side effects do occur, they may require medical attention.

If any of the following side effects occur while taking oxymetazoline / tetracaine nasal, check with your doctor or nurse immediately:

Less common:
  • Bloody nose
  • blurred vision
  • chest pain or discomfort
  • difficulty swallowing
  • dizziness
  • headache
  • lightheadedness, dizziness, or fainting
  • nervousness
  • pounding in the ears
  • shortness of breath
  • slow or fast, irregular heartbeat
  • ulcers in the nose
  • unusual tiredness
Incidence not known:
  • Bluish-colored lips, fingernails, or palms
  • cough
  • dark urine
  • difficulty breathing
  • dizziness or lightheadedness
  • fever
  • hives or welts, itching, or skin rash
  • large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
  • noisy breathing
  • pale skin
  • puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
  • rapid heart rate
  • redness of the skin
  • sore throat
  • tightness in the chest
  • unusual bleeding or bruising

If any of the following symptoms of overdose occur while taking oxymetazoline / tetracaine nasal, get emergency help immediately:

Symptoms of overdose:
  • Blurred or loss of vision
  • chest pain or discomfort
  • confusion
  • difficulty in speaking
  • disturbed color perception
  • dizziness
  • dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
  • double vision
  • fainting
  • fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat
  • halos around lights
  • headache
  • inability to move the arms, legs, or facial muscles
  • inability to speak
  • lightheadedness
  • nausea
  • nervousness
  • night blindness
  • no blood pressure or pulse
  • overbright appearance of lights
  • pain or discomfort in the arms, jaw, back, or neck
  • pounding in the ears
  • slow speech
  • stopping of heart
  • stuffy nose
  • sweating
  • tunnel vision
  • unconsciousness
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • vomiting

Minor Side Effects

Some of the side effects that can occur with oxymetazoline / tetracaine 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:

More common:
  • Burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings in the nose
  • change in taste
  • loss of taste
  • sore throat
  • stuffy or runny nose
  • watering of the eyes

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

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