What does Xylometazoline treat?
This is a topical nasal decongestant which is prescribed to temporarily relieve congestion in the blocked nose. This could be due to many different factors such as common cold, flu, hay fever and other nasal allergies. This acts by narrowing the blood vessels in the nasal region which reduces swelling and congestion. Your physician may use this to treat other ailments based on their discretion.
Follow the Xylometazoline dosage prescribed by your physician. The dosage could vary based on individual patient requirements. Always follow your physician’s instructions or go by the directions on the prescription drug label. This must never be taken orally and only applied to the nose. To apply, you must tilt your head back and then apply a few drops into each nostril. Avoid using this more than three days in a row.
Missed a dose?
Take it immediately once you remember. In case, this time falls close to the next dosage, skip it and get back to the prescribed schedule. Never take a double dose unless your physician specifically directs you to do so.
Don’t waste any time and seek immediate medical attention. Overdose symptoms that you may encounter are drowsiness, dizziness, slow heartbeat and sweating.
Drug interactions must be considered before starting to take any kind of drug. Drug interactions might happen either when Xylometazoline is taken along with another drug or with particular foods. To prevent any kind of negative interaction, make sure you inform your doctor of any drugs you are taking including non-prescription medication, OTCs, health supplements like vitamins, minerals, herbal medicine, drinks with caffeine and alcohol, illegal drugs, smoking habits and so on which may increase or interfere with the effect of Xylometazoline.
It may interact with:
Do not take monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors for at least 14 days before treatment with Xylometazoline nasal drops. It may also interact with tricyclic antidepressants, phenothiazines, high blood pressure medications, appetite suppressants and other decongestants. This is not the complete list though.
Appraise your doctor of any medical conditions that you are suffering from and your family history of medical ailments. It’s important that you do not stop or start taking any medicine without the consent of your physician.
Possible Side Effects
Xylometazoline might have some side effects but it’s not possible to anticipate them. It does not have any major side effects and the minor ones that may occur are temporary. In rare cases, there might be major side effects and immediate medical attention must be sought.
Some of the side effects could be as irritation, tingling, dizziness, temporary dryness, runny nose, stinging or burning sensation in the nose and sneezing. This is not the complete list though.
In case, there is a change in intensity of side effects or if any new side effects develop, make sure you consult your doctor.
What to ask your doctor before you start on Xylometazoline
- Can I use Xylometazoline along with other drugs?
- Are there certain foods, beverages and products to be avoided while on Xylometazoline?
- What is the dosage of Xylometazoline to be used?
- How should I use Xylometazoline?
- How will Xylometazoline work on my body?
- How can the drug interactions and side effects of Xylometazoline be minimized or completely avoided?
The health and medical information that we have provided are meant to supplement and not substitute the advice of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professionals. This does not suggest that usage of Xylometazoline is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always ensure that you take this or any other drug only after consulting your physician.