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Oxymetazoline / tetracaine nasal Side Effects

Applies to oxymetazoline / tetracaine nasal: nasal solution

As well as its needed effects, oxymetazoline / tetracaine nasal may cause unwanted side effects that 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 oxymetazoline / tetracaine nasal side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:

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

It is possible that some side effects of oxymetazoline / tetracaine nasal may not have been reported. These can be reported to the FDA here. Always consult a healthcare professional for medical advice.

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