Oxymetazoline Topical

Name: Oxymetazoline Topical

What Is Oxymetazoline Topical?

Oxymetazoline is a decongestant that shrinks blood vessels. Dilated blood vessels under the skin can cause redness.

Oxymetazoline topical (for the skin) is used to treat facial redness caused by rosacea.

Oxymetazoline topical may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Do not take by mouth. Topical medicine is for use only on the skin.

Rinse with water if this medicine gets in your eyes.

You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to oxymetazoline.

To make sure oxymetazoline topical is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:

  • heart disease, high blood pressure;
  • blood circulation problems;
  • glaucoma; or
  • peripheral vascular disease such as Raynaud's syndrome, Buerger's disease, scleroderma, or Sj√∂gren's syndrome.

It is not known whether this medicine will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

It is not known whether oxymetazoline topical passes into breast milk or if it could affect the nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.

Oxymetazoline topical is not approved for use by anyone younger than 18 years old.

Oxymetazoline Topical Side Effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using this medicine and call your doctor at once if you have:

  • worsening of your rosacea symptoms;
  • numbness, tingling, cold feeling in your hands or feet;
  • pale or purple appearance in your fingers or toes; or
  • blurred vision, tunnel vision, eye pain, or seeing halos around lights.

Common side effects may include:

  • skin redness or itching;
  • pain; or
  • other skin reactions.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Oxymetazoline Topical Interactions

Avoid getting this medicine in your eyes or mouth.

Other drugs may interact with oxymetazoline topical, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use now and any medicine you start or stop using.

How is this medicine (Oxymetazoline) best taken?

Use oxymetazoline as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • Do not take this medicine by mouth. Use on your skin only. Keep out of your mouth, nose, and eyes (may burn).
  • If you are using the pump, you will need to prime it before you use it the first time. Prime the pump by pressing 3 times. Throw away any product that comes out.
  • Wash your hands before and after use.
  • Clean affected part before use. Make sure to dry well.
  • Put a thin layer on the affected skin and rub in gently.
  • Do not put on open wounds, cuts, or irritated skin.
  • To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Put on a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
  • Do not put on 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Very bad irritation where oxymetazoline is used.

How do I store and/or throw out Oxymetazoline?

  • Store at room temperature.
  • Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.

Contraindications

There are no contraindications listed in the manufacturer's labeling.

Pregnancy Considerations

Information related to topical use of oxymetazoline in pregnacy is limited. During clinical trials, two pregnancies were reported, resulting in one healthy baby and one spontaneous abortion (not considered related to treatment). Most available information is related to maternal use following nasal inhalation (see the oxymetazoline nasal monograph for additional information).

What happens if I overdose?

An overdose of oxymetazoline is not expected to be dangerous. Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 if anyone has accidentally swallowed the medication.

Oxymetazoline topical side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using this medicine and call your doctor at once if you have:

  • worsening of your rosacea symptoms;

  • numbness, tingling, cold feeling in your hands or feet;

  • pale or purple appearance in your fingers or toes; or

  • blurred vision, tunnel vision, eye pain, or seeing halos around lights.

Common side effects may include:

  • skin redness or itching;

  • pain; or

  • other skin reactions.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Oxymetazoline topical dosing information

Usual Adult Dose for Acne Rosacea:

Apply a thin layer to cover the entire face (e.g., forehead, nose, cheeks, chin) once a day

Comments:
-The eyes and lips should be avoided during application.
-Patients should wash their hands immediately after application.

Use: Topical treatment of persistent facial erythema associated with rosacea

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