Oxymetazoline is a decongestant that shrinks blood vessels in the nasal passages. Dilated blood vessels can cause nasal congestion (stuffy nose).

Oxymetazoline nasal (for the nose) is for temporary relief of nasal congestion (stuffy nose) caused by allergies or the common cold.

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  • Severity: Major
    You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when taking oxymetazoline nasal:

    Blurred vision
    fast, irregular, or pounding heartbeat
    headache, dizziness, drowsiness, or lightheadedness
    high blood pressure
    increase in runny or stuffy nose
    trouble in sleeping
    Severity: Minor
    Some of the side effects that can occur with oxymetazoline nasal may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

    Burning, dryness, or stinging inside of nose
  • (nasal solution, nasal spray)