Young healthy man breathes freely probably after using a decongestant spray, which relieves conditions from cold to sinusitis and hay fever.

How do active ingredients help to relieve symptoms?

Otrivine nasal decongestant sprays were created to treat the congestion symptoms of various conditions, from the common cold to sinusitis and hay fever. Explore the active ingredients in more detail on this page.

How do decongestant nasal sprays work?

Decongestant nasal sprays work by reducing the swelling that causes congestion. Nasal congestion is mainly caused by inflammation of the lining of the nose (mucosa). It’s a common symptom of upper respiratory tract conditions such as rhinitis (allergic and non-allergic), sinusitis and viral infections (e.g. common cold) as well as nasal polyps. Congestion can also cause sleep disturbances. 

So let’s look at what each of the active ingredients in Otrivine nasal sprays do.

What is xylometazoline hydrochloride?

All Otrivine medicated nasal sprays and drops contain the active ingredient xylometazoline hydrochloride. It quickly and effectively reduces swelling of the tissue in the nose, which relieves nasal congestion for up to ten hours (excl. Otrivine Extra Dual Relief). Essentially, this active ingredient opens up your nasal passages to facilitate nose blowing, and may help to relieve sinus pain and pressure.

Xylometazoline hydrochloride is fast-acting and begins to act in as little as 2 minutes (excl. Otrivine Extra Dual Relief).

XYLOMETAZOLINE (zy-low met-a-zoh-leen):  A leading decongestant that quickly reduces swelling, drains sinuses and relieves congestion

What is ipratropium bromide?

Working in combination with xylometazoline hydrochloride, the active ingredient ipratropium bromide is used in Otrivine Extra Dual Relief Nasal Spray to relieve more nasal symptoms than just a blocked nose. Ipratropium bromide relieves a runny nose by acting on the cells in the nose that are producing excessive mucus. It also helps to reduce sneezing associated with the common cold by blocking the sneezing reflex.

Are non-medicated nasal sprays effective?

Otrivine has a range of effective natural nasal decongestants for you to consider. Otrivine Natural Daily Nasal Wash and Otrivine Natural with Eucalyptus have decongestant properties without medication and are clinically proven to help unblock your nose naturally. It is not recommended to use medicated nasal sprays beyond the recommended time frame, so a natural nasal spray may be more appropriate for longer term usage. If nasal symptoms persist beyond 7 days when using Otrivine Natural with Eucalyptus seek advice from a healthcare professional.

The next time you find yourself with a blocked or runny nose, sinus pressure, or sneezes, you can better understand the science behind how nasal sprays work.

Otrivine Blocked Nose Relief Nasal Spray

A fine mist that clears nasal congestion within two minutes and lasts up to 10 hours. Xylometazoline hydrochloride works to unblock your nose and help sinus drainage.

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