What is Xylometazoline?
Xylometazoline is the active ingredient found in Otrivin nasal spray and drops.1,2 It rapidly relieves nasal congestion and can continue to work for up to ten hours.3 It acts directly on the blood vessels that line the nose.1 By working directly on the affected area, it can quickly reduce swelling in the nose, help drain the sinuses and relieve nasal congestion.1,2
1 GSK (2017). Otrivin Adult Consumer Medicine Information (Accessed on 06-02-2019. Latest update: June 2017).
2 GSK (2017). Otrivin Junior Consumer Medicine Information (Accessed on 06-02-2019. Latest update: June 2017).
3 Eccles, R. et al. 2008. The nasal decongestant effect of xylometazoline in the common cold. Am J Rhinol 22, 491496,2008; doi: 10.2500/ajr.2008.22.3202