- Azelastine Nasal Spray
- Dexchlorpheniramine Maleate
- Ketorolac Tromethamine
- Sodium Chloride
- Sodium Cromoglycate/Cromolyn
- Generic drugs are chemically identical to brand-name drugs in terms of active ingredient(s), intended use, quality, dosage, safety, bioavailability and effectiveness.
- Generic drugs are cheaper than brand-name drugs.
What is Generic for Otrivin* used for?
Generic for Otrivin* (Xylometazoline) is a topical nasal decongestant used to temporarily relieve congestion in the blocked nose caused by the common cold, flu and nasal allergies such as hay fever (allergic rhinitis).
Generic for Otrivin*, available as nasal drops, belongs to a group of drugs called nasal decongestants. Generic for Otrivin* works by narrowing the blood vessels in the lining of the nose and sinuses, which decreases the blood flow in the nose. This reduces swelling and clears the blocked and stuffy nose, thereby allowing you to breathe easily.
Generic for Otrivin* may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
What is the recommended dosage of Generic for Otrivin*?
The dosage of Generic for Otrivin* prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.
Generic for Otrivin* nasal drops should be used in the nose only and it should not be taken by mouth.
To apply the Generic for Otrivin* nasal drops, tilt your head back and insert 2 or 3 drops in each nostril. It is not recommended to use the drops for more than 3 days in a row. Longer use of this drops can lead to rebound congestion. Inform your doctor if your problem persists even after 3 days of using the Generic for Otrivin* nasal drops.
What if you miss a dose of Generic for Otrivin*?
If your physician has instructed or directed you to use Generic for Otrivin* medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, use it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses to catch up for the missed dose.
What if you overdose on Generic for Otrivin*?
Any medication used in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Generic for Otrivin*, seek medical attention immediately. Overdose symptoms of Generic for Otrivin* nasal drops may include dizziness, drowsiness, slow heartbeat and sweating.
What other drug(s) could interact with Generic for Otrivin*?
- Methylene blue
It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Generic for Otrivin*.
Avoid taking monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors for the last 14 days before treatment with Generic for Otrivin* nasal drops. MAO inhibitors include linezolid, isocarboxazid, methylene blue, phenelzine, tranylcypromine, moclobemide, procarbazine, rasagiline and selegiline.
Following are the other types of medicines that may interact with Generic for Otrivin*: high blood pressure medications, tricyclic antidepressants, phenothiazines, appetite suppressants and other decongestants.
Usually drug interactions occur when it is used with another drug or with food. Before you use a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications (over-the-counter products) and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, which may increase the effect of Generic for Otrivin*, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.
What are the side effects of Generic for Otrivin*?
Like other medicines, Generic for Otrivin* can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Generic for Otrivin* are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.
It is pertinent to note that side effects of Generic for Otrivin* cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Generic for Otrivin* develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Generic for Otrivin* can cause side effects such as temporary dryness, irritation, tingling, stinging or burning sensation in the nose and sneezing. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are using Generic for Otrivin*.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Generic for Otrivin*?
Is it possible for me to use Generic for Otrivin* with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I use Generic for Otrivin*?
What are the possible drug interactions of Generic for Otrivin*?
How will Generic for Otrivin* work in my body?
How should Generic for Otrivin* be used?
How to reduce the risk of Generic for Otrivin* drug interactions and side effects?
What other important information should you know about Generic for Otrivin*?
Before using Generic for Otrivin* nasal drops, make sure to tell your doctor if you have hypersensitivity to Generic for Otrivin* drug, or if you have enlarged prostate, narrow angle glaucoma, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, liver/kidney disease and thyroid problems. Also, tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding.
- Store Generic for Otrivin* nasal drops at room temperature away from heat and moisture.
- Do not share this nasal drops with others.
- Do not let the tip of the nasal drops container to touch the inside of the nose.
- Keep Generic for Otrivin* nasal drops out of the reach of children.
The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Generic for Otrivin* is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.