Xylometazoline nasal

By Medically reviewed by Hello Doktor Medical Panel


What is Xylometazoline Nasal used for?

Xylometazoline Nasal is commonly used to treat stuffy nose caused by allergies, sinus irritation, or the common cold.

Xylometazoline nasal may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Xylometazoline nasal is a decongestant that shrinks blood vessels in the nasal passages. Dilated blood vessels can cause nasal congestion (stuffy nose).

How should I take Xylometazoline Nasal?

Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Using too much of this medicine can cause damage to your nasal passages, which may lead to chronic congestion.

To use the nasal spray:

Blow your nose gently. Keep your head upright and insert the tip of the bottle into one nostril. Press your other nostril closed with your finger. Breathe in quickly and gently spray the medicine into your nose. Then use the spray in your other nostril.

Do not blow your nose for at least a few minutes after using the nasal spray.

Do not use the nasal spray more than 3 times per day (every 8 to 10 hours).

To prevent the spread of infection, do not share the nasal spray with others.

Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 5 days of treatment.

How do I store Xylometazoline Nasal?

Xylometazoline Nasal is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Xylometazoline Nasal in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Xylometazoline Nasal that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush Xylometazoline Nasal down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Xylometazoline Nasal?

You should not use xylometazoline nasal if you are allergic to it.

Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to use this medicine if you have other medical conditions, especially:

  • Heart disease, high blood pressure;
  • Glaucoma;
  • Liver or kidney disease;
  • Enlarged prostate, urination problems;
  • Diabetes; or
  • A thyroid disorder.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breast-feeding?

There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using Apixaban during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Apixaban. Apixaban is pregnancy risk category C, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:

  • A=No risk
  • B=No risk in some studies
  • C=There may be some risk
  • D=Positive evidence of risk
  • X=Contraindicated
  • N=Unknown

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Xylometazoline Nasal?

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Although the risk of serious side effects is low when xylometazoline is used in the nose, side effects can occur if the medicine is absorbed into your bloodstream.

Stop using this medicine and call your doctor at once if you have:

blurred vision;

  • Headache, dizziness, nervousness;
  • Fast or pounding heartbeats;
  • A light-headed feeling, like you might pass out;
  • Wheezing, feeling short of breath; or
  • Worsening symptoms.

Common side effects may include:

  • Dryness, burning, or stinging inside your nose;
  • Sneezing; or
  • Runny nose.

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.


What drugs may interact with Xylometazoline Nasal?

Xylometazoline Nasal may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on xylometazoline nasal used in the nose. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all medicines you use, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

Does food or alcohol interact with Xylometazoline Nasal?

Xylometazoline Nasal may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with Xylometazoline Nasal?

Xylometazoline Nasal may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.


The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using this Xylometazoline Nasal.

What is the dose of Xylometazoline Nasal for an adult?

Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

What is the dose of Xylometazoline Nasal for a child?

Usual Pediatric Dose for Nasal Congestion:

Xylometazoline nasal 0.05% spray:

2 to 12 years: 1 to 2 sprays in each nostril every 8 to 10 hours not to exceed 3 doses daily. Do not use for more than 3 days.

How is Xylometazoline Nasal available?

Xylometazoline Nasal is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Nasal spray

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Xylometazoline Nasal, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Review Date: December 20, 2017 | Last Modified: December 19, 2019

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