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Phenylephrine (Nasal)

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Uses
Dosing
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Notes

    Related terms
    • U.S. Brand Names: 4 Way® Fast Acting [OTC];4 Way® Menthol [OTC];Little Noses® Decongestant [OTC];Neo-Synephrine® Extra Strength [OTC];Neo-Synephrine® Mild Formula [OTC];Neo-Synephrine® Regular Strength [OTC];Rhinall® [OTC];Vicks® Sinex® VapoSprayT 4 Hour Decongestant [OTC]
    • Canadian Brand Names: Neo-Synephrine®
    • Pharmacologic Category: Alpha/Beta Agonist

    Uses
    • It is used to treat nose stuffiness.
    • Phenylephrine shrinks swollen nose tissue and opens up passages.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • The nose spray is for the nose only.
    • Blow your nose before use.
    • Do not use for more than 3 days in a row.

    Missed Dose

    • Use a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
    • If it is close to time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal time.
    • Do not use two doses or extra doses.
    • Many times this drug is used on an as needed basis.

    Storage

    • Store at room temperature.

    Safety



    Warnings

    • Unsafe reactions may happen. This drug cannot be taken while you are taking certain other drugs. Check all the drugs you are taking with your doctor.

    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to phenylephrine or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs involved.
    • If you have any of these health problems: Fast heartbeat or high blood pressure.

    Precautions

    • If you have high blood sugar (diabetes), talk with doctor.
    • If you have heart disease, talk with doctor.
    • If you have thyroid disease, talk with doctor.
    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with certain other drugs.
    • Limit caffeine (for example, tea, coffee, cola) and chocolate intake. Use with this drug may cause nervousness, shakiness, and fast heartbeat.
    • Tell doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
    • Tell doctor if you are breast-feeding.

    Side Effects

    • Nose irritation.

    Monitoring

    • Change in health problem being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you suspect an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Very bad headache.
    • Bad nose irritation.
    • Any rash.
    • Health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada return any unused drugs back to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th for more facts about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for health help about side effects. You may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

    Author information
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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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