Xylometazoline nasal is a decongestant that shrinks blood vessels in the nasal passages. Dilated blood vessels can cause nasal congestion (stuffy nose).
Xylometazoline nasal (for use in the nose) is used to treat stuffy nose caused by allergies, sinus irritation, or the common cold.
Xylometazoline nasal may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What is the most important information I should know about Xylometazoline Nasal?
You should not use xylometazoline nasal if you are allergic to it.
Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to use this medicine if you have other medical conditions, especially:
- heart disease, high blood pressure;
- liver or kidney disease;
- enlarged prostate, urination problems;
- diabetes; or
- a thyroid disorder.
It is not known whether xylometazoline nasal will harm an unborn baby. Do not use this medicine without a doctor’s advice if you are pregnant.
It is not known whether xylometazoline nasal passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medicine without a doctor’s advice if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Do not give this medicine to a child without medical advice.
What are the side effects of Xylometazoline Nasal?
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Although the risk of serious side effects is low when xylometazoline is used in the nose, side effects can occur if the medicine is absorbed into your bloodstream.
Stop using this medicine and call your doctor at once if you have:
- blurred vision;
- headache, dizziness, nervousness;
- fast or pounding heartbeats;
- a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out;
- wheezing, feeling short of breath; or
- worsening symptoms.
Common side effects may include:
- dryness, burning, or stinging inside your nose;
- sneezing; or
- runny nose.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.