What is Oxymetazoline nasal?

Category: Over the Counter Drugs

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Oxymetazoline nasal is a decongestant that acts by constricting blood vessels in the nose and sinuses. It is a short-term treatment for the congestion associated with allergies, hay fever, sinus irritation, and the common cold. Prolonged use of this product may result in rebound congestion.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Nasal congestion 7 14
Allergies 6 2
Nosebleeds (epistaxis) 2 0
Seasonal allergy 2 0
Sinus infection (sinusitis) 2 5

Show all 14 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
0
Moderate
3
Mild
2
None
14

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Oxymetazoline nasal

Side effect Patients
Dry nasal passages 1
Sinus congestion 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Oxymetazoline nasal

Dosage Patients
2 0.05% as needed 2
40mg as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Oxymetazoline nasal

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 7
Doctor's advice 2
Other 2
Expense 1
Personal research 1
Side effects too severe 1
See all 12 patients who've stopped taking Oxymetazoline nasal

Duration

Currently taking Oxymetazoline nasal

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 1
2 - 5 years 1
10 years or more 1

Stopped taking Oxymetazoline nasal

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 6
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 2
5 - 10 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 8
Usually 7
Sometimes 4
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 0
Not at all hard to take 18
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 11
Not specified 8

What people switch to and from

Patients stopped taking Oxymetazoline nasal and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Azelastine-fluticasone (Dymista) 1
Fluticasone nasal spray (Flonase Nasal Spray) 1
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1 patient evaluation for Oxymetazoline nasal

Apr 26, 2014 (Started Feb 01, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for nasal congestion)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (sinus congestion)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take

Feb 15, 2014 (Started Feb 01, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for nasal congestion)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (sinus congestion)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take

Feb 3, 2013 (Started Feb 01, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for sinus infection (sinusitis))
  • Side effects
    Mild (sinus congestion)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take

Jan 25, 2013 (Started Feb 01, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for sinus infection (sinusitis))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (sinus congestion)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take

  • 0 helpful marks
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