Epinephrine (Into the nose)

Introduction

Epinephrine (ep-i-NEF-rin)

Treats nasal congestion or stuffy nose.

Brand Name(s)

Adrenalin

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used

How to Use This Medicine

Liquid

  • Your doctor will tell you how much medicine to use. Do not use more than directed.
  • This medicine is for use only in the nose. Do not get any of it in your eyes or on your skin. If it does get on these areas, rinse it off right away.
  • Before using the medicine, gently blow your nose to clear the nostrils.
  • This medicine may be applied using a dropper, spray, or swab.
  • Do not use this medicine if the solution is a pinkish color or if the solution is darker than slightly yellow. Do not use this medicine if the solution is not clear. There should not be any particles floating in the solution.

If a dose is missed:

  • Take a dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then and take a regular dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.

How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine

  • Keep the bottle tightly closed when not using it. Store at room temperature, away from heat and direct light. Do not freeze.
  • Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of any outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

Warnings While Using This Medicine

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, or thyroid disease.
  • Do not give this medicine to your child unless your doctor tells you to.
  • Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088

Version Info

  • Last reviewed on 10/12/2016

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