Generic name: Oxymetazoline hydrochloride
Brand names: Afrin, Afrin Original, Afrin Sinus, Afrin Nasal Spray
Afrin 12 Hour is a product that provides temporary relief from a stuffy nose caused by colds. It works by constricting blood vessels in the nose, which reduces congestion and makes it easier to breathe. Afrin 12 Hour is available over-the-counter and does not require a prescription. It is generally safe and effective when used as directed. However, some people may experience side effects such as burning, stinging, or dryness of the nose. If these side effects persist or are bothersome, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Afrin 12 Hour is used to provide temporary relief from a stuffy nose caused by colds.
Mechanism of Action
Afrin 12 Hour works by constricting blood vessels in the nose, which reduces congestion and makes it easier to breathe.
This product is available in the following forms:
- Nose Drops
- Nasal Spray
How this drug should be used
Use this medicine only as directed by your doctor. Do not use more or less of it, and do not use it more often than your doctor ordered. To do so may increase the chance of absorption through the skin and the chance of side effects.
If you are using the nose drops:
- Blow your nose gently.
- Remove the cap. Lean your head forward slightly and, keeping the bottle upright, insert the dropper tip into your nostril.
- Squeeze the bulb to release a drop of medicine into your nostril while breathing in gently through your nose.
- Release the bulb and remove the dropper from your nostril.
If you are using the nasal spray:
- Blow your nose gently before using this medicine.
- Remove the dust cap, but do not throw it away. The dust cap protects the nozzle from becoming clogged with dirt or debris.
- Prime (clean) the pump by spraying 2 test sprays into the air, away from your face.
Burning, stinging, or dryness of the nose, dizziness
If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
It is very important that your doctor check your progress at regular visits to make sure that this medicine is working properly and to check for unwanted effects.
Do not use this medicine for longer than 3 days in a row unless directed by your doctor. Prolonged use of this medicine may cause rebound congestion (a return of stuffy nose symptoms).
Do not use this medicine if you have:
- nose bleeds
- a hole in the cartilage between your nostrils (nasal perforation)
- severe nose or sinus pain, swelling, or pressure (acute sinusitis)
- head cold symptoms that last more than 10 days
Do not share this medication with others. It is against the law.
This medicine may be habit-forming. If used for a long time, do not suddenly stop using this medicine without first checking with your doctor. You may need to slowly reduce the dose before stopping completely.
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, do not use this medicine without first checking with your doctor.
Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed. Be sure that any discarded medicine is out of the reach of children and pets.
Side effects from Afrin 12 Hour are more likely in children and elderly patients because they are usually more sensitive than adults to the effects of decongestants.
Dosage and Administration
Adults and children 12 years of age and over: 2 or 3 sprays in each nostril every 6 to 8 hours, not to exceed 3 doses in 24 hours.
Children under 12 years of age: ask a doctor.
If you use more than one bottle per day, shake the bottle well before using it again.
Your doctor may want you to use this medicine for only a short time (3 days or less). Follow your doctor’s orders.
Do not take by mouth. This medicine is for use only in the nose. Avoid contact with the eyes. If this occurs, rinse thoroughly with cool tap water.
Avoid spraying this medicine into an open wound or sore inside your nose.
Symptoms of overdose may include:
- High blood pressure
- Fast or pounding heartbeat
- Hallucinations (seeing things that are not there)
- Seizures (convulsions)
Afrin 12 Hour is a medication used to provide temporary relief from a stuffy nose caused by the common cold. It is important to follow the directions on the package and to check with your doctor