Afrin Sinus/allergy nasal spray 0.05%

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Description

This medication is typically used for nasal congestion. Its effects can be felt within a few minutes.

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Instructions

This product is to be sprayed into the nostrils. To use:

  • blow your nose to clear your nostrils;
  • shake the container well;
  • tilt your head forward slightly;
  • spray the prescribed dose into the nostrils, breathing normally - do not sniff deeply;
  • wait 15 minutes after using the product before blowing your nose.
Following its use, wipe the nozzle tip with a clean tissue or a smooth cloth.

This treatment can be habit-forming. Do not use this medication for more than 5 consecutive days.

This medication is typically used twice a day. However, your doctor or pharmacist may have suggested a different schedule that is more appropriate for you. Generally, it is used only as needed.

Important: Follow the instructions on the label. Do not use more of this product, or more often, than prescribed.

Side Effects

In addition to its desired action, this medication may cause some side effects, notably:

  • when used, it may cause local irritation;
  • it may cause nasal dryness.

Each person may react differently to a treatment. If you think this medication may be causing side effects (including those described here, or others), talk to your doctor or pharmacist. He or she can help you to determine whether or not the medication is the source of the problem.

Storage

As with most medications, this product should be stored at room temperature. Store it in a secure location where it will not be exposed to excessive heat, moisture or direct sunlight. Make sure that any leftover portion is disposed of safely.

General Notes

When meeting with any health professional, it is important for you to share the following information:

  • Your medical history and allergies (medication, food, or other);
  • If you smoke, are pregnant, are planning a pregnancy, or are breastfeeding;
  • The names of all the medications you take, whether you take them regularly or once in a while, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and natural health products.
It is also strongly recommended that you keep an up-to-date list of all the medications you take and carry it with you at all times. This could be useful if you have to see a health professional or need emergency care.

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