Phenylephrine (Into the nose)
Decongestant (About this – PubMed Health)
Uses of This Medicine
Phenylephrine is used for the temporary relief of congestion or stuffiness in the nose caused by hay fever or other allergies, colds, or sinus trouble. It may also be used in ear infections to relieve congestion.
This medicine may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
This medicine is available without a prescription.
Do not give any over-the-counter (OTC) cough and cold medicine to a baby or child under 4 years of age. Using these medicines in very young children might cause serious or possibly life-threatening side effects .
Other uses (PubMed Health)
How To Use
Spray, Gel/Jelly, Drop
Your doctor will tell you how much medicine to use. Do not use more than directed.
Follow the instructions on the medicine label if you are using this medicine without a prescription.
To prevent the spread of infection, each medicine container should be used by only 1 person.
Blow your nose before you use this medicine.
Spray: With your head upright, spray the medicine once into each nostril, sniffing while you squeeze the bottle quickly and firmly. Repeat for 2 or 3 sprays, or as directed by your doctor. Do not use the spray more often than every 4 hours.
Drops: Tilt your head back, and squeeze drops into each nostril. Keep your head tilted back for a few minutes.
Missed dose: Take a dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then and take a regular dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
Keep the medicine container clean and tightly closed. Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Do not use phenylephrine if you are taking an MAO inhibitor (MAOI).
Some medicines can affect how phenylephrine works. Tell your doctor if you are using an antidepressant, or any other medicine that you inhale through your nose or mouth.
When Not To Use
This medicine is not right for everyone. Do not use it if you had an allergic reaction to phenylephrine or another nasal decongestant.
Stop using this medicine and call your doctor if your symptoms last longer than 3 days. This medicine may worsen your stuffy nose if you use it for a longer time.
Do not give this medicine to a child younger than 12 years unless your doctor tells you to.
Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.
Possible side effects
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Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
Fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat
Tingling in the hands or feet
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
Sneezing, burning, or stinging inside your nose
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
More side effects of this drug
Brand names include
4 Way Menthol, 4-Way Fast Acting, 4-Way No Drip, Good Sense Nasal Four, Leader Nose Drops, Little Noses Decongestant Nose Drops, Neo-Synephrine, Nostril, Pretz-D, Rhinall, TopCare Nasal Four, TopCare Nose Drops, Tur-Bi-Cal, Vicks Sinex
There may be other brand names for this medicine.