Afrin 12 Hour

Name: Afrin 12 Hour

Uses of Afrin 12 Hour

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

How is this medicine (Afrin 12 Hour) best taken?

Use this medicine as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • Do not take Afrin 12 Hour by mouth. Use in your nose only. Keep out of your mouth and eyes (may burn).
  • Some products may have different ways to prime the pump. Some pumps may also need to be primed if not used for different periods of time. Follow how and when to prime as you have been told.
  • Blow your nose before use.
  • Do not tilt your head back before using this medicine.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • If you use Afrin 12 Hour on a regular basis, use a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
  • Do not use 2 doses or extra doses.
  • Many times this medicine is used on an as needed basis. Do not use more often than told by the doctor.

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Chest pain or pressure, a fast heartbeat, or passing out.
  • Very bad headache.
  • Very bad nose irritation.

How do I store and/or throw out Afrin 12 Hour?

  • Store at room temperature.
  • Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.

For the Consumer

Applies to oxymetazoline nasal: nasal solution, nasal spray

Along with its needed effects, oxymetazoline nasal (the active ingredient contained in Afrin Original) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking oxymetazoline nasal:

  • Blurred vision
  • fast, irregular, or pounding heartbeat
  • headache, dizziness, drowsiness, or lightheadedness
  • high blood pressure
  • increase in runny or stuffy nose
  • nervousness
  • trembling
  • trouble in sleeping
  • weakness

Some side effects of oxymetazoline nasal may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

  • Burning, dryness, or stinging inside of nose
  • sneezing

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 Original 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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