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Otrivin® is commonly used for temporarily treating nasal congestion due to the common cold, hay fever, other upper respiratory tract allergies, or sinus infection. It also soothes nasal discomfort caused by dryness.
Otrivin® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Otrivin® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Otrivin® 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 Otrivin® 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.
Consult with your doctor or pharmacist, if:
There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using Otrivin® during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Otrivin®. This medication is pregnancy risk category C, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:
Otrivin® may cause these side effects, such as:
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.
Otrivin® 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.
Otrivin® 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.
Otrivin® 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, such as:
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using this medication.
The usual recommended dose for adults is one or two sprays in each nostril every 8 to 10 hours. The head should be tilted slightly forward while using the spray. Breathe deeply.
Measured dose pump:
The usual recommended dose for adults is one spray in each nostril every 8 to 10 hours. The head should be tilted slightly forward while using the pump. Before using the pump for the first time, prime it by spraying several times into the air until a fine mist is seen.
The usual recommended dose for adults is 2 or 3 drops in each nostril every 8 to 10 hours. The head should be tilted back while using the drops.
Children up to 6 years of age:
Intranasal, 1 drop or spray of a 0.05% solution into each nostril every eight to ten hours as needed.
Children 6 to 12 years of age:
Intranasal, 2 or 3 drops or sprays of a 0.05% solution into each nostril every eight to ten hours as needed.
Otrivin® is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:
In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services (115) or go to your nearest emergency room.
If you miss a dose of Otrivin®, 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.
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Otrivin® Peiatric Nasal Drops nasal. http://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-16985/Otrivin-pediatric-nasal-drops-nasal/details. Accessed September 29, 2016.
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