Afrin Menthol Spray

Name: Afrin Menthol Spray

Uses of Afrin Menthol Spray

  • It is used to treat nose stuffiness.
  • It may be given to you for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Afrin Menthol Spray?

  • If you have an allergy to oxymetazoline or any other part of Afrin Menthol Spray (oxymetazoline (nasal)).
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • If you have taken certain drugs used for low mood (depression) like isocarboxazid, phenelzine, or tranylcypromine or drugs used for Parkinson's disease like selegiline or rasagiline in the last 14 days. Taking this medicine within 14 days of those drugs can cause very bad high blood pressure.

This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with Afrin Menthol Spray.

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take this medicine with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Afrin Menthol Spray?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take Afrin Menthol Spray. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • Do not use for more than 3 days. Using this medicine too often or for longer than you have been told may cause nose stuffiness to happen again or get worse.
  • If you have high blood sugar (diabetes), you will need to watch your blood sugar closely.
  • This medicine may cause harm if swallowed or if too much is used. The chance is higher in children. If Afrin Menthol Spray is swallowed or too much is used, call a doctor or poison control center right away.
  • Talk with the doctor before you give this medicine to a child younger than 6 years old.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using Afrin Menthol Spray while you are pregnant.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.

What are some other side effects of Afrin Menthol Spray?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

  • Nose irritation.
  • Sneezing.
  • Burning.
  • Stinging.
  • Runny nose.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected

If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to oxymetazoline nasal: nasal solution, nasal spray

Cardiovascular

Very rare (less than 0.01%): Tachycardia, palpitations, increased blood pressure[Ref]

Gastrointestinal

Very rare (less than 0.01%): Nausea[Ref]

General

The most commonly reported side effects were discomfort or irritation in the nose, mouth or throat, and sneezing.[Ref]

Nervous system

Very rare (less than 0.01%): Insomnia, nervousness, tremor, anxiety, restlessness, irritability, headache[Ref]

Ocular

Rare (less than 0.1%): Eye irritation, dryness, discomfort/redness[Ref]

Respiratory

Rare (less than 0.1%): Discomfort or irritation in the nose, mouth or throat, sneezing
Frequency not reported: Rhinitis medicamentosa (after prolonged or heavy use)[Ref]

Some side effects of Afrin Severe Congestion may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.

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