- oxymetazoline hydrochloride
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Almus Decongestant Nasal Spray
Boots Blocked Nose Relief 0.05% w/v Nasal Spray
For the fast relief of stuffy noses due to head colds and hayfever.
Hold the bottle upright and insert nozzle into nostril.
Adults and children over 12 years
1-2 sprays up each nostril every 6-8 hours.
Children under 12 years
Not to be administered to children under 12 years.
There is no need for dosage reduction in the elderly.
For nasal administration.
Hypersensitivity to any of the ingredients, patients with cardiovascular disease, hyperthyroidism, angle closure glaucoma or prostatic enlargement.
Keep away from the eyes.
Not to be used for children under 12 years without medical advice.
The spray should not be used in excess of the stated dosage nor for longer than seven days without medical advice.
Keep all medicines out of the reach of children.
Boots Nasal Spray should not be given to patients being treated with monoamine oxidase inhibitors or within 14 days of ceasing such treatment.
The safety of Boots Nasal Spray during pregnancy and lactation has not been established, but is not thought to constitute a hazard during these periods.
No adverse effects known.
Occasionally may cause local irritation and dryness of the mouth and throat. Prolonged use may cause rebound congestion and rhinitis medicamentosa.
Reporting of suspected adverse reactions
Reporting suspected adverse reactions after authorisation of the medicinal product is important. It allows continued monitoring of the benefit/risk balance of the medicinal product. Healthcare professionals are asked to report any suspected adverse reactions via the Yellow Card Scheme at www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store.
Overdosage may give rise to local irritation and rebound congestion. Treatment need only be symptomatic.
Oxymetazoline hydrochloride is a sympathomimetic amine having vasoconstrictor properties which are utilised in the relief of nasal congestion.
Oxymetazoline enters tissues rapidly and local vasoconstriction is normally achieved within 5-10 minutes of intranasal administration. The full effect lasts for 5-6 hours and then gradually subsides over the next 6 hours. Plasma half-life is 5-8 days with 30% of any absorbed drug being excreted in the urine unchanged and 10% being excreted in the faeces.
There are no preclinical data of relevance to the prescriber which are additional to that already included.
Monosodium phosphate fine cryst
Disodium phosphate cryst
Or Levomenthol synthetic
Do not store above 25°C.
A 22ml polypropylene bottle with a polythene plug and elongated nozzle dip tube fitted with a wadless polythene cap that fits the elongated nozzle.
The Boots Company PLC
1 Thane Road West
Trading as: BCM
24 July 1989
15 February 2019