Little Noses

Name: Little Noses

How should this medicine be used?

Phenylephrine comes as a 0.125%, 0.25%, 0.5%, and 1% solution (liquid) to spray into the nose. It is usually used as needed, not more than every 4 hours. The 0.5% and 1% solutions may be used in adults and children 12 years of age and older. The 0.25% solution may be used in children 6 to 12 years of age. The 0.125% solution may be used by children 2 to 6 years of age but should not be used for children younger than 2 years of age unless it is recommended by a doctor. Follow the directions on the package label or on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Use phenylephrine nasal spray exactly as directed. Do not use more or less of it or use it more often than prescribed by your doctor or directed on the label.

If you use phenylephrine nasal spray more often or for longer than the recommended period of time, your congestion may get worse or may improve but then return. Do not use phenylephrine nasal spray for longer than 3 days. If your symptoms do not get better after 3 days of treatment, stop using phenylephrine and call your doctor.

Phenylephrine nasal spray is only for use in the nose. Do not swallow the medication.

To prevent the spread of infection, do not share your spray bottle with anyone else.

To use the nasal spray, follow these steps:

  1. Blow your nose until your nostrils are clear.
  2. Wash your hands with soap and water.
  3. Shake the bottle gently before each use and remove the cap.
  4. Hold one nostril closed with your finger.
  5. Tilt your head slightly forward and place the tip of the bottle towards the back of your open nostril.
  6. Squeeze the bottle quickly and firmly 2 to 3 times while gently breathing in the medication.
  7. Repeat steps 4 to 6 for the other nostril.
  8. Wipe the tip of the bottle and replace the bottle cap.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, continue your normal diet.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

This medication is usually used as needed. If your doctor has told you to use phenylephrine regularly, use the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not use a double dose to make up for a missed one.

In case of emergency/overdose

If you use too much phenylephrine nasal spray or if someone swallows the medication, call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency services at 911

What other information should I know?

Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about phenylephrine nasal spray.

It is important for you to keep a written list of all of the prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines you are taking, as well as any products such as vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements. You should bring this list with you each time you visit a doctor or if you are admitted to a hospital. It is also important information to carry with you in case of emergencies.

Little Noses Drug Class

Little Noses is part of the drug classes:

  • Electrolyte solutions

  • Salt solutions

  • Sodium

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