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1. Name of the medicinal product

Otrivine Adult Measured Dose Sinusitis Spray

Otrivine Adult Metered Dose, 0.1% Nasal Spray

Otrivine Allergy Relief, 0.1% Nasal Spray

2. Qualitative and quantitative composition

Active ingredient: 0.1% wlv Xylometazoline Hydrochloride

For excipients see 6.1

3. Pharmaceutical form

Nasal spray, solution

A clear, colourless solution

4. Clinical particulars
4.1 Therapeutic indications

For the symptomatic relief of nasal congestion, perennial and allergic rhinitis (including hay fever), sinusitis.

4.2 Posology and method of administration

Adults and elderly: One application in each nostril 1 to 3 times daily.

Not suitable for children under 12 years.

Route of administration: Application to the nasal passages.

Before the first application, prime the pump by actuating 4 times. Once primed, the pump will normally remain charged throughout regular daily treatment periods. If the spray is not ejected during the full actuation stroke, or if the product has not been used for longer than 7 days, the pump will need to be reprimed with 4 actuations.

4.3 Contraindications

Known hypersensitivity to xylometazoline.

Patients with trans-sphenoidal hypophysectomy or surgery exposing the dura mater.

4.4 Special warnings and precautions for use

Patients are advised not to take decongestants for more than seven consecutive days. Otrivine, like other preparations belonging to the same class of active substances, should be used only with caution in patients showing a strong reaction to sympathomimetic agents as evidenced by signs of insomnia, dizziness etc.

Caution is recommended in patients with hypertension, cardiovascular disease, hyperthyroidism, narrow angle glaucoma or diabetes mellitus.

Label warnings and precautions

• Do not exceed the stated dose

• Do not use continuously for more than seven consecutive days. If symptoms persist, consult your doctor

• If you are pregnant or taking other medicines or are under a doctor's care, consult your doctor before using Otrivine

• Not to be used for infants or children under 12 years

• Each Otrivine pack should be used by one person only to prevent any cross infection

• For reasons of hygiene do not use this bottle for more than 28 days after first opening it

• Keep medicines out of the reach of children

Additional leaflet warnings and precautions

• Do not use if you are sensitive to any of the ingredients of Otrivine

• Do not use if you have had recent neurosurgery

• Consult your doctor before using Otrivine if you have heart or circulatory disease

• Some patients who have sensitive nasal passages may feel some local discomfort when applying the product.

• Other side effects such as palpitations, nausea and headache are very rare

4.5 Interaction with other medicinal products and other forms of interaction

As for all sympathomimetics, a reinforcement of the systemic effects of xylometazoline by concomitant use of monoamine oxidase inhibitors, tricyclic or tetracyclic antidepressants, cannot be excluded, especially in case of overdose.

4.6 Fertility, pregnancy and lactation

No foetal toxicity or fertility studies have been carried out in animals. In view of its potential systemic vasoconstrictor effect, it is advisable to take the precaution of not using Otrivine during pregnancy.

Label warning: If you are pregnant or taking any other medicines, or are under a doctor's care, consult him before using Otrivine.

No evidence of any adverse effect on the breast-fed infant. However, it is not known if xylometazoline is excreted in breast milk, therefore caution should be exercised and Otrivine should be used only on the advice of a doctor whilst breastfeeding.

4.7 Effects on ability to drive and use machines


4.8 Undesirable effects

The following side effects have occasionally been encountered: A burning sensation in the nose and throat, local irritation, nausea, headache and dryness of the nasal mucosa.

Systemic cardiovascular effects have occurred, and this should be kept in mind when giving Otrivine to people with cardiovascular disease.

In isolated cases, systemic allergic reactions and transient visual disturbances.

4.9 Overdose

In rare instances of accidental poisoning in children, the clinical picture has been marked chiefly by signs such as acceleration and irregularity of the pulse, elevated blood pressure and sometimes consciousness clouding.

There is no specific treatment. Appropriate supportive measures should be initiated.

5. Pharmacological properties
5.1 Pharmacodynamic properties

Otrivine Adult Measured Dose Sinusitis Spray is a sympathomimetic agent with marked alpha-adrenergic activity, and is intended for use in the nose. It constricts the nasal blood vessels, thereby decongesting the mucosa of the nose and neighbouring regions of the pharynx. This enables patients suffering from colds to breathe more easily through the nose. The effect of Otrivine Adult Measured Dose Sinusitis Spray begins within a few minutes and lasts for up to 10 hours. Otrivine Adult Measured Dose Sinusitis Spray is generally well tolerated and does not impair the function of ciliated epithelium.

In a double-blind, saline solution (Otrisal) controlled study in patients with common cold, the decongestant effect of Otrivin was significantly superior (p<0.0001) to Otrisal saline solution based on rhinomanometry measurement at 1 hour after administration of the study drugs.

5.2 Pharmacokinetic properties

Systemic absorption may occur following nasal application of xylometazoline hydrochloride solutions. It is not used systemically.

5.3 Preclinical safety data

Not applicable.

6. Pharmaceutical particulars
6.1 List of excipients

Benzalkonium chloride

Disodium phosphate dodecahydrate (Sodium phosphate)

Disodium edetate

Sodium dihydrogen phosphate dihydrate (Sodium acid phosphate)

Sodium chloride



Purified water

6.2 Incompatibilities


6.3 Shelf life

36 months

After first opening, the nasal spray can be used until the end of the shelf-life.

6.4 Special precautions for storage

No special precautions.

6.5 Nature and contents of container

High density polyethylene bottle with a polypropylene/polyethylene metered dose pump (materials in contact with the solution: low density polyethylene, high density polyethylene, polyethylene/butyl, stainless steel) and a polypropylene nozzle with a protective cap in a cardboard carton.

Pack size 10 ml.

6.6 Special precautions for disposal and other handling

Medicines should be kept out of the reach of children.

7. Marketing authorisation holder

GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare (UK) Trading Limited,

980 Great West Road




United Kingdom

8. Marketing authorisation number(s)

PL 44673/0184

9. Date of first authorisation/renewal of the authorisation

1st October 1997/19TH August 2010

10. Date of revision of the text

9th October 2020