Oxymetazoline Nasal Spray Dosage

For adults and children age six years and older who have nasal congestion, the standard oxymetazoline nasal spray dosage is two or three sprays in each nostril twice a day. You should not use this medication more than twice in any 24-hour period, and you should not use it for more than three days in a row.

Dosing With Oxymetazoline Nasal Spray: An Introduction

There is only one standard recommended dose of oxymetazoline nasal spray (Afrin®, Nostrilla®, Sudafed OM™, and many others). As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.

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The recommended dosage for all oxymetazoline nasal spray products for treating nasal congestion in adults and children (age six and older) is two or three sprays in each nostril twice a day (about every 10 to 12 hours). Do not use this medication more than twice in any 24-hour period.

General Information on Your Oxymetazoline Nasal Spray Dose

Some considerations for people using oxymetazoline nasal spray include the following:
  • This medication comes in the form of a nasal spray. It is sprayed into each nostril twice daily.
  • Depending on the particular product, some of the nasal sprays need to be shaken before each use and some need to be primed before the first use.
  • Do not tip your head when using oxymetazoline nasal spray products.
  • In order to prevent spreading infections, do not share your nasal spray with other people.
  • Do not use oxymetazoline nasal spray for more than three days in a row, as a worsening of congestion may occur (see Afrin Addiction).
  • Many different oxymetazoline nasal sprays are available. Make sure to follow the specific instructions for your particular product.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as directed.
  • If you are unsure about anything related to your oxymetazoline nasal spray dosage, please talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
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