Xylometazoline

*** PLEASE NOTE***
The information and instructions on the following pages should not replace those given to you by your doctor.


Xylometazoline is a drug used as a topical nasal decongestant. It is used to relieve stuffy noses due to colds, seasonal allergies or sinus infections. Additionally, the medication soothes discomfort in the nose cause by dryness. Xylometazoline contracts the muscles in a swollen nose, relieving the pressure and allowing your child to breathe easier. The spray version of the medication works faster than oral medications (tablets or syrup).

Do not use when

  • Your child has a known allergy to one of the ingredients

Consult your doctor when

  • Your child has any known food or drug allergies
  • Your child suffers or suffered in the past from hypertension, difficulty urinating, diabetes, hyperthyroidism, and/or heart disease.
  • Your child is taking other medication
  • You are pregnant, nursing, or are trying to conceive

Storing the Medication
Medication should be kept in a cool, dry place, out of reach of children. Do not use past the expiration date.

Administering the Medication
Administer the medication at the times instructed by your physician.

Spray: Sit your child with his head back. Place the end of the spray into his nose and have him puff gently. At the end of each use, wash the end of the spray with soap and warm water.

What should I do if I forgot to administer the medication on time?
Give the medication as soon as you remember. If the next dose is soon, skip the forgotten dose. Do not give two doses at once.

When can I stop treatment?
Finish the round as instructed by your doctor. Do not use for more than three consecutive days. Prolonged use has adverse effects.

Side effects
Side effects include increase in nasal mucus, temporary burning sensation, tingling in the nose, and/or sneezing.

Call your doctor when

  • Your child experiences severe side effects such as nausea, severe headaches or shakes
  • Your child's condition worsens
  • Your child has an allergic reaction to the treatment

Diabetics should carefully monitor their blood sugar levels – there is sugar in the spray. Not for use for children under 12.