What is Otrivin?
Otrivin is used to relieve nasal congestion. It contains the active ingredient xylometazoline, which is a type of medicine called a decongestant. When this medicine is sprayed into the nose, the xylometazoline causes the blood vessels in the linings of the nasal passages to contract and narrow. This reduces swelling and the feeling of congestion. Otrivin works fast: the nasal spray helps relieve congestion within five minutes and the effect of the medicine lasts for up to six hours. In addition to Otrivin with xylometazoline, there is also Otrivin saline solution. This product contains sodium chloride, better known as salt. The saline solution thins the mucus in the nasal passages allowing it to drain easily from the nose. Otrivin saline solution can be used in babies, children and adults as a safe alternative to xylometazoline.
What is Otrivin used for?
A blocked nose is a common symptom of the flu or cold. The virus causes the mucous membranes in the nose to swell and produce more mucus, resulting in a blocked nose. A runny nose and sneezing are also caused by swollen nasal mucous membranes. Otrivin helps relieve a blocked nose. The hydrating formula also reduces irritation of the nasal lining.
How to use Otrivin
Otrivin is available in various forms:
- Otrivin saline solution (drops or spray): for all ages.
- Otrivin nasal drops and nasal spray (0.5 mg/ml): for children aged two to six years.
- Otrivin nasal drops and nasal spray (1 mg/ml): for adults and children aged six and above.
- Otrivin Menthol (1 mg/ml): for adults and children aged six and above, with added menthol and eucalyptus for extra freshness.
- Otrivin Duo: for adults. Contains xylometazoline (0.5 mg/ml) and ipratropium bromide (0.6 mg/ml), a medicine that relieves a runny nose caused by colds and allergies.
Read the instructions on the package leaflet to find out how to use your Otrivin spray, drops or saline solution. Otrivin with xylometazoline is not suitable for babies and children under the age of two. This medicine should not be used for more than one month after opening it.
Unless otherwise prescribed by a doctor, the usual dose is: Otrivin saline solution:
- Adults, children and babies: one to two drops or one dose in each nostril as needed.
Otrivin nasal drops and nasal spray (0.5 mg/ml and 1 mg/ml):
- Children aged two to six years: one to two drops or one dose in each nostril up to three times a day.
- Adults and children aged six and above: two to three drops or one dose in each nostril, four to six times a day.
- Adults: one dose in each nostril up to three times a day.
Do not use Otrivin with xylometazoline for more than seven consecutive days without consulting a doctor. Read the package leaflet before use.
Otrivin with xylometazoline may cause side effects, including:
- Stinging or burning sensation in the nose and/or throat after administration;
For a full list of possible side effects, see the package leaflet.
When not to use Otrivin
Otrivin xylometazoline nasal drops or nasal spray is not suitable for everyone and should not be used if:
- you are allergic to xylometazoline or any other ingredient in this medicine.
Consult your doctor on the use of Otrivin nasal drops or nasal spray if:
- you suffer from glaucoma (elevated eye pressure). The use of xylometazoline can lead to increased pressure in the eyes;
- you have high blood pressure, a heart and vascular disease, an overactive thyroid gland, diabetes, an enlarged prostate or adrenal gland tumour.
Otrivin may interact with other medicines. For more information on interactions and contraindications, see the package leaflet.
Otrivin and Otrivin Menthol are safe to use during pregnancy and while breastfeeding provided the recommended dose is not exceeded. Do not use Otrivin Duo if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, unless otherwise instructed by your doctor. Otrivin does not interact with alcohol or affect your ability to drive safely.