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Quick summary

Type of medicine

Nasal Hygiene Solution

Works by

Rinsing and Moisturizing Nasal Passages

Active Ingredient

Xylometazole & Hydrochloride

Effective within

Immediate Relief


No (Unique Formulation)

Side effects

Mild Stinging or Burning Sensation (Temporary)

Medication details


Otrivine Adult Nasal Spray is a well-regarded nasal medication used to manage various nasal conditions. Unlike traditional nasal sprays that may contain decongestants, Otrivine Adult Nasal Spray offers a different approach. It is formulated to swiftly alleviate nasal congestion and provides relief from excessive nasal secretions for as long as ten hours. It is beneficial for managing symptoms associated with colds, hayfever, and sinusitis.

Key Features:

  • Nasal Hygiene: This nasal spray helps maintain nasal hygiene by rinsing and moisturizing the nasal passages. It is suitable for daily use.
  • Relief from Congestion: While not a decongestant, Otrivine Adult Nasal Spray can help alleviate congestion symptoms by moisturizing and soothing irritated nasal tissues.
  • Safe for over 12: Otrivine Adult Nasal Spray is safe for adults and children over 12 years old, offering a versatile solution for the whole family.

Using Otrivine Adult Nasal Spray correctly is vital to ensure its effectiveness and safety. Follow these directions carefully:
1. Shake the Bottle: Gently shake the Otrivine Adult Nasal Spray bottle before each use.
2. Prepare Your Nose: If your nose is congested, blow your nose gently to clear any mucus.
3. Insert the Nozzle: Tilt your head slightly forward. Carefully insert the nozzle into one nostril.
4. Spray: Press down on the pump to release a gentle spray of the decongestant solution into your nostril. Breathe in gently while doing so.
5. Repeat: Repeat the process for the other nostril.
6. Avoid Forceful Spraying: Do not use excessive force when pressing the pump to avoid irritation.
7. Wipe Nozzle: After each use, wipe the nozzle with a clean tissue or cloth and replace the protective cap.
8. Dosage: You can use Otrivine Adult Nasal Spray multiple times a day as needed for nasal hygiene and relief.
9. Consult Your Healthcare Provider: If you have any questions or concerns about the proper use of Otrivine Adult Nasal Spray, consult your healthcare provider or pharmacist.


Contains Xylometazoline Hydrochloride. Other Ingredients: Sodium chloride, sodium phosphate, sodium acid phosphate, disodium edetate, benzalkonium chloride and water.

Side Effects

Otrivine Adult Nasal Spray is generally well-tolerated. However, some individuals may experience mild, temporary effects, such as:
1. Temporary Stinging or Burning Sensation: Some users may experience a brief stinging or burning sensation when applying the spray. This is usually mild and temporary.
2. Excessive Use: Using Otrivine Adult Nasal Spray excessively or with excessive force may lead to nasal irritation. It's important to follow the recommended dosage and application guidelines.
It's important to note that if you experience any unusual or severe reactions, discontinue use and consult a healthcare professional.


Before using Otrivine Adult Nasal Spray, it's essential to be aware of certain warnings and precautions:
1. Allergies: Inform your healthcare provider if you have allergies to any components in Otrivine Adult Nasal Spray. While it primarily contains Xylometazoline Hydrochloride saline solution, there may be trace elements or preservatives that could trigger an allergic reaction in rare cases.
2. Excessive Use: Avoid using Otrivine Adult Nasal Spray excessively or with excessive force, as it may lead to nasal irritation.
3. Nasal Conditions: If you have specific nasal conditions, such as nasal polyps or significant nasal obstructions, consult your healthcare provider before using Otrivine Adult Nasal Spray. They can provide guidance on whether it is suitable for your condition.
4. Safe for over 12 years old: Otrivine Adult Nasal Spray is generally safe for adults. However, it's advisable to consult with a healthcare provider before use.
5. Infection Prevention: If you are using Otrivine Adult Nasal Spray for infection prevention or hygiene, such as after nasal surgery, follow your healthcare provider's instructions carefully.
6. Consult Your Healthcare Provider: If you have any concerns about using Otrivine Adult Nasal Spray, especially in specific medical conditions, it's advisable to consult your healthcare provider for personalized guidance.

Medically reviewed and published

  • This page was medically reviewed by Dr Sohaib Imtiaz, Clinical Lead on Oct 5, 2023, 2:45 pm

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Is Otrivine Adult Nasal Spray safe for long-term use?

This is a medicine; Consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have an underlying medical condition, are taking any other medication or complementary therapy, or if symptoms persist. Seek advice before using if you are breastfeeding, pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or suffer from allergies.

Can I use Otrivine Adult Nasal Spray for children?

No. While the treatment is suitable for patients over 12 years of age, you must be at least 16 years old to purchase this product.

Is Otrivine Adult Nasal Spray suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding individuals?

Seek advice before using if you are breast feeding, pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or suffer from allergies.

Can I use Otrivine Adult Nasal Spray alongside other nasal medications?

If you are pregnant or taking other medicines or are under a doctor’s care consult your doctor before using Otrivine.

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