Zicam Sinus Relief

Generic Name: Oxymetazoline

Zicam Sinus Relief is a prescribed medicine used as a nasal decongestant. When this medicine is administered into the nose, Zicam Sinus Relief works by acting on alpha receptors that are found in the walls of blood vessels in the linings of the nasal passages and sinuses. It causes these blood vessels to contract and narrow, thereby decreasing blood flow into the linings of the nose and sinuses. This reduces swelling and the feeling of congestion. It also reduces the production of mucus, helping to relieve a blocked nose. This medicine is used in relieving a blocked nose (nasal congestion) associated with colds, flu, sinusitis and nasal allergies medically known as allergic rhinitis and blocked nose in hay fever. This medicine has the active ingredient of Oxymetazoline and is also found with the name of Zicam Extreme Congestion Relief.

How to Use Zicam Sinus Relief Nasal Spray

  • To apply the nasal spray, keep your head upright, then spray and inhale sharply through the nose simultaneously.
  • To apply the nasal drops, lie on a bed on your back with your head hanging over the edge. Insert the drops and remain in this position for several minutes. Gently turn your head from side to side.
  • Do not allow the tip of the container to touch the inside of the nose, or any other surface.
  • To prevent the spread of infection, do not share this medication with others.
  • Discard this medication bottle after use. Do not save it for reuse.

Cautions before Use Zicam Sinus Relief Nasal Spray

  • Carefully follow the dosage instructions provided with this medicine. Do not exceed the recommended dose.
  • This medicine is for nasal use only and should not be taken by mouth or eyes.
  • You should not use this medicine continuously for longer than five days. This is because the medicine can hurt your nasal tissues and may lead to heavy congestion. In addition, nasal congestion may come back (rebound congestion) when you stop using the medicine if you use it for too long.
  • People suffering from high blood pressure are suggested to not to take the medicine.
  • Those patients with a medical history of hyperactive thyroid are suggested to not to take the medicine.
  • People suffering from diabetes should not take Zicam Sinus Relief.
  • People who are having complaints of glaucoma should not take this medicine.
  • People suffering from enlarge prostate are advised to not to take this medicine.

Zicam Sinus Relief Nasal Spray Side Effects

The side effects which may arise due to the usage of Zicam Sinus Relief are as follows;

  • Irritation of the tissues in the nose.
  • Burning, stinging or dryness of nasal lining
  • Faster Heartbeat
  • Sneezing.
  • Headache.
  • Nausea.
  • Restlessness, sleep disturbance or hallucinations

Zicam Sinus Relief Nasal Spray Interactions and Overdose

People who have taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) antidepressant like phenelzine, isocarboxazid, tranylcypromine or moclobemide in the last 14 days are suggested to not to take with this medicine. Zicam Sinus Relief should be taken with caffeine in cola, tea, coffee, chocolate, and other product, tricyclic antidepressants such as amitriptyline and phenothiazines such as chlorpromazine.

Symptoms of a Zicam Sinus Relief nasal overdose include extreme tiredness, sweating, dizziness, a slow heartbeat, and coma. In this situation people should take immediate medical support.


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