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Zicam sinus relief

Generic Name: Oxymetazoline nasal [ ox-ee-me-TAZ-oh-leen-NAY-sal ]
Names of Brands: 12 Hour Nasal, 12 Hour Nasal Decongestant Afrin, Afrin All Night NoDrip, Afrin Allergy Sinus, etc.
Class of Drugs: Nasal antihistamines and decongestants

What is Zicam Sinus Relief?

Oxymetazoline is a decongestant that reduces blood vessels in the passageways to and from the nose. The blood vessels are dilapidated and can lead to the nasal passages becoming congested (stuffy nasal congestion).

Zicam Sinus Relief (for the nose) is used to relieve temporary discomfort from nose congestion (stuffy nose) due to allergies or the common cold. Zicam sinus relief may also be used for other purposes that are not mentioned in this guideline.

Side effects of Zicam sinus relief

Contact a medical professional immediately. If you experience any of the following symptoms as warning signs of reactions to an allergen: hives, trouble breathing, and swelling of your lips, face, and tongue,

Zicam sinus relief may cause serious adverse consequences. Stop taking Zicam Sinus Relief immediately and consult your doctor immediately in the event that you experience:

  • Persistent or worsening symptoms;
  • Extreme burning or stinging in your nose, following the application of the spray on your nose
  • Chest pain, rapid or irregular heart rate,
  • A severe headache that causes a buzzing sensation within your ears. Anxiety,  or feeling tired.

Common adverse negative effects zicam sinus relief may include:

  • Minor burning or stinging sensations in the nose;
  • Sneezing
  • Nose that is runny.

This is not a comprehensive list of possible side effects, and others could happen. Contact your physician to seek medical advice on the effects. You can report any adverse reactions to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Similar/related drugs

epinephrine topical, pseudoephedrine, phenylephrine nasal, sodium chloride nasal, and Afrin


Zicam Sinus Relief (for the nose) is used to provide temporary relief from nasal congestion caused by allergies or the common cold.

Do not use Zicam Sinus Relief and call your doctor immediately in the event of chronic or worsening symptoms or if you suffer from intense burning or stinging sensations in your nose after applying the spray for your nose.

Before you take this drug

It is not recommended to apply Zicam Sinus Relief if you are allergic to it.

Speak with a physician or pharmacist about whether it is appropriate for you to take this medication if you suffer from any medical conditions, including:

  • Coronary illness, high blood pressure, coronary artery disease;
  • Diabetes;
  • An thyroid disorder;
  • Prostate enlargement or urination issues

FDA classification for pregnancy C It isn't known how Zicam Sinus Relief will harm an unborn child. Inform your doctor if you are expecting or planning to get pregnant while taking the medication.

It isn't clear if the nasal oxymetazoline enters the milk of a nursing baby or the risk to nursing babies. Consult your physician if you are breastfeeding a baby.

How to take Zicam Sinus Relief?

Take it exactly as indicated on the label or as directed by your physician. Don't use in greater quantities, in smaller quantities, or for a longer time than is recommended.

If you take the medication excessively or frequently, it can aggravate your nose congestion or make it disappear and return.Contact your physician if your symptoms don't improve after three days.Do not give this medication to someone else, even if they suffer from the same symptoms as you do. Sharing a nasal spray bottle may cause the infection.

For use with the nasal drops (nasal solution):

  • Blow your nose gently Turn your head to the maximum extent you can, or lie down and place your head on the side of the sleeping mattress. Place the dropper above your nose and put the right amount of drops inside your nose.
  • Relax and flex your head a bit forward, then gently move it left and right. Keep your head bent to the side for a few minutes.
  • Do not blow or sneeze your nose for several minutes following the application of the drops.

For use with the spray for nasal use:

  • Breathe through your nose slowly. Maintain your head in a straight position and place the bottle's tip in one nostril. Close the other nostril by using your fingers. Breathe deeply and gently spray the medication through your nose. You can then spray the other nostril.
  • Don't breathe through your nostrils for several minutes following the application of the spray for your nose.

Don't use the spray on your nose more than twice in 24 hours.

Wipe the top of the spray bottle with an unclean tissue. Avoid washing it with water or soap.Don't take missed doses when it's getting close to the date for your next dose.

Storage at room temperature, free of heat and moisture. Avoid freezing. Close the bottle when not being used.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Utilize the dose you missed when you remember. Do not take any missed doses if it's nearing the time for the next dose. Don't use any extra medication to replace the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

See a doctor immediately or dial the poison help number at 1-800-222-1222 in the event that you are a victim of a poisoning and have swallowed it accidentally.

Make sure to keep Zicam Sinus Relief out of the reach of children. Certain nasal medications could cause serious health issues in children who swallow or suck in the medication in the spray bottle for nasal use.

Avoid this

Follow the instructions of your physician regarding any limitations on foods, drinks, or activities.

Interaction with other drugs

Consult a physician or pharmacist to determine if it's safe to take Zicam Sinus Relief if you are using any of these drugs:

  • An antidepressant—amitriptyline, clomipramine, desipramine, doxepin, imipramine, nortriptyline;
  • Ergot medicine—ergotamine, dihydroergotamine, ergonovine, methylergonovine;
  • An mao inhibitor—isocarboxazid, linezolid, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, and tranylcypromine.

This list isn't exhaustive, and other drugs could be incompatible with Zicam Sinus Relief. Discuss with your doctor the medications you are taking. This includes prescription and over-the-counter vitamins as well as herbal remedies. Do not begin an entirely new medication without consulting your physician.