Otrivin Cold & Allergy Medicated

Formulation : Nasal Spray
Dosage : 0.10%
Quantity : 20mL
Prescription Not Required
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Otrivin is a nasal spray used to treat nasal congestion caused by colds or allergies.

Xylometazoline is a nasal decongestant that helps clear constructions by constricting blood vessels in your nose to increase airflow. This allows Otrivin to improve your ability to breathe from your nose during the common cold.

This nasal decongestant spray is an effective treatment for sinus symptoms of the common cold that provides long-lasting decongestant relief after just one use. Otrivin is generally well tolerated with minimal incidence of adverse reactions.

Uses and Dosage

The dose of Otrivin that is prescribed will vary depending on the individual and severity of the cold being treated. Follow all directions from your doctor and read the nasal spray packaging instructions carefully.

  • Before first use, prime by spraying until the container produces mist
  • Blow your nose before using Otrivin
  • Tilt head forward slightly while using
  • Inhale through your nose, pressing once to release the spray into your nostril
  • For adults and children over 12, spray 2 or 3 times in each nostril
  • Do not use more frequently than every 8 or 10 hours
  • Children younger than 12 should not use Otrivin unless directed by a doctor
  • Do not use Otrivin for more than 3 consecutive days
  • Otrivin may cause temporary discomfort and an increase in discharge
  • Do not share this nasal spray container with anyone else
  • If symptoms continue or worsen, see your doctor
  • Keep away from children and pets at room temperature

Side Effects

Otrivin may cause some side effects to develop while decongesting your sinuses, or none at all. Speak with your doctor for more information relating to any symptoms that you may encounter when using xylometazoline nasal spray.

Common Otrivin side effects:

  • Temporary irritation, burning, or tingling
  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Headache
  • Dry nose

Serious Side Effects

Some more serious side effects may also occur when using xylometazoline. Stop using Otrivin and call your doctor if you develop any of the following symptoms that bother you or will not go away:

  • Irritation, burning
  • Runny nose
  • Headache
  • Upset stomach

Allergic Reactions

Do not use Otrivin if you are allergic to xylometazoline or any of the other listed ingredients in the nasal spray. If you develop signs of an allergic reaction, stop using this spray and contact your doctor.

Otrivin allergy symptoms may include:

  • Hives
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat
  • Red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever
  • Tightness in your chest or throat
  • Trouble swallowing or talking


Avoid getting any Otrivin spray in your mouth or eyes because burning and irritation may occur.

Do not use Otrivin for longer than 3 consecutive days. Extended use of this medication could lead to further nasal congestion or worse symptoms.

Do not share Otrivin with anyone else to avoid spreading infections.

Tell your doctor if you are scheduled to have surgery, including that to remove your pituitary gland.

To ensure your safety when taking Otrivin, tell your doctor if you have any of the following:

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Narrow-angle glaucoma
  • Rhinitis sicca
  • Atrophic rhinitis
  • Thyroid disease
  • Diabetes
  • Trouble urinating due to an enlarged prostate gland

Consult with your doctor before using Otrivin if you have taken certain medications for depression or Parkinson’s disease within the last 14 days. These drugs include isocarboxazid, phenelzine, tranylcypromine, selegiline, or rasagiline. When used together, your blood pressure can rise to dangerous levels.

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, consult with your doctor before using Otrivin to ensure the safety of you and your child.

Form and Strength

This nasal decongestant is available in the form of a nasal spray.

Otrivin nasal spray strength:

  • 0.10% xylometazoline

The 0.10% strength Otrivin spray is available in quantities of 20ml.


Why can’t you use Otrivin for more than 3 days?

You should not use Otrivin nasal spray for longer than 3 consecutive days because it could cause your congestion to increase or for an infection to worsen or recur once you stop using the spray. If your congestion issues do not resolve within 3 days, contact your doctor to discuss your treatment options.

How does Otrivin work?

Otrivin nasal spray helps decongest your sinuses by constricting the blood vessels in your nose to improve drainage and airflow. This provides relief during a cold or allergies that affect your sinuses. With two or three sprays, Otrivin offers long-lasting relief so you can breathe easier.


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Additional information

Brand Name:

Otrivin Cold & Allergy Medicated

Scientific Name:

Xylometazoline – non Rx

Other Names:

Otrivin Cold & Allergy Medicated



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