Vicks Sinex Decongestant Nasal Spray 20ml

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What is Vicks Sinex spray?

Vicks sinex nasal spray contains the nasal decongestant oxymetazoline.

It is suitable for adults and children aged 12 years and over.

It is available to buy from pharmacies in the UK.

What is Vicks sinex decongestant nasal spray used for?

To relieve a blocked nose associated with colds, sinusitis or nasal allergies (allergic rhinitis) such as hayfever.

How does Vicks sinex decongestant nasal spray work?

Vicks sinex decongestant nasal spray contains oxymetazoline hydrochloride 0.05%.

When this medicine is sprayed into the nose, the oxymetazoline works by causing the blood vessels in the linings of the nasal passages and sinuses to contract and narrow. This decreases blood flow into the linings of the nose and sinuses, which reduces swelling and the feeling of congestion. It also reduces the production of mucus, helping to relieve a blocked nose.

The nasal spray helps relieve congestion in a few minutes and the effect of the medicine lasts for six to eight hours.

How to use Vicks sinex decongestant nasal spray

  • Adults and children aged 12 years and over should use one to two sprays in each nostril every six to eight hours as needed.
  • Take care to avoid getting the spray in your eyes.
  • The spray can be used for up to a week. Don’t use Vicks sinex nasal spray continuously for more than seven days, because it can become less effective if used excessively. Your blocked nose is also likely to come back when you stop using the nasal spray if you use it for longer than a week.
  • For reasons of hygiene, don’t use the nasal spray if it has been more than 28 days since you first opened it.
  • Each nasal spray should only be used by one person, to avoid spreading infection.

    How to use Vicks sinex decongestant nasal spray

    • Adults and children aged 12 years and over should use one to two sprays in each nostril every six to eight hours as needed.
    • Take care to avoid getting the spray in your eyes.
    • The spray can be used for up to a week. Don’t use Vicks sinex nasal spray continuously for more than seven days, because it can become less effective if used excessively. Your blocked nose is also likely to come back when you stop using the nasal spray if you use it for longer than a week.
    • For reasons of hygiene, don’t use the nasal spray if it has been more than 28 days since you first opened it.
    • Each nasal spray should only be used by one person, to avoid spreading infection.

      Vicks sinex nasal spray should be used with caution by

      • People with heart disease.
      • People with high blood pressure (hypertension).
      • People with an overactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism).
      • People with diabetes.
      • People with raised pressure in the eyeball (closed-angle glaucoma).
      • Men with an enlarged prostate gland.
      • People with kidney or liver problems.

      Is it safe to use Vicks sinex nasal spray if pregnant?

      There are no studies that have looked at the use of oxymetazoline during pregnancy. Although there is low absorption of oxymetazoline into the bloodstream after using Vick sinex nasal spray, it is usually not recommended for use during pregnancy. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before using Vicks nasal spray.

      Is it safe to use Vicks sinex nasal spray if breastfeeding?

      It is not known if oxymetazoline passes into breast milk. If you are breastfeeding you should ask your doctor for advice before using this medicine.

      Possible side effects of Vicks sinex nasal spray

      As this nasal spray causes the blood vessels in the nose to contract, it minimizes the amount of medicine that is absorbed into the bloodstream from the nose. This means that the nasal spray has a relatively local effect in the nose and side effects on other parts of the body are extremely unlikely.

      The following are some of the side effects that may be associated with oxymetazoline. Just because a side effect is stated here doesn’t mean that all people using Vicks sinex decongestant nasal spray will experience that or any side effect.

      Uncommon side effects

      • Discomfort or irritation in the nose, mouth or throat.
      • Sneezing.
      • Eye irritation, dryness, discomfort or redness.

      Rare side effects

      • Feeling sick.
      • Headache.
      • Difficulty sleeping.
      • Anxiety.
      • Irritability.
      • Fast heartbeat or palpitations.
      • Increased blood pressure.

      Read the leaflet that comes with the medicine or talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you want any more information about the possible side effects of Vicks sinex nasal spray.



      If you think you have experienced a side effect, you can report this using the yellow card website?

      Can I use Vicks sinex decongestant nasal spray with other medicines?

      If you are using any other medicines in your nose, check with your pharmacist before using Vicks sinex nasal spray as well.

      You should not use Vicks sinex nasal spray if you are currently taking a type of medicine called a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI), or have taken one of these medicines in the last 14 days. This is because the combination could cause a dangerous increase in blood pressure (hypertensive crisis). MAOIs include:

      • the antidepressants phenelzine, tranylcypromine, isocarboxazid and moclobemide
      • the anti-Parkinson’s medicines selegiline, rasagiline, and safinamide.

      It is safe to use Vicks sinex nasal spray with painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen.

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