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Oxymetazoline (Ophthalmic route)

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Oxymetazoline is used to relieve redness due to minor eye irritations, such as those caused by colds, dust, wind, smog, pollen, swimming, or wearing contact lenses. Oxymetazoline is available without a prescription… Read more
Brand names include
Ocuclear, Visine L.R.
Other forms
Into the nose
Drug classes About this
Decongestant, Imidazoline

What works? Research summarized

Evidence reviews

Topical anaesthetic or vasoconstrictor (blood vessel narrowing) preparations for flexible fibre‐optic nasal pharyngoscopy and laryngoscopy

Topical medications are often applied to the inside of a patient's nose prior to examining the nose, sinuses and throat with a flexible nasopharyngolaryngoscope. The aim of this is to reduce any discomfort the patient may feel and also to improve the adequacy of the examination.

Treatments for Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis [Internet]

This review compared the effectiveness and common adverse events of medication classes used to treat seasonal allergic rhinitis (SAR) in adolescents and adults, in pregnant women, and in children. We sought to compare the following classes of drugs: oral and nasal antihistamines and decongestants; intranasal corticosteroids, mast cell stabilizers (cromolyn), and anticholinergics (ipratropium); oral leukotriene receptor antagonists (montelukast); and nasal saline.

The role of the nose in the pathogenesis of obstructive sleep apnoea and snoring

This review assessed the effectiveness of surgical and medical treatments of nasal obstruction on snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea. The authors concluded that long-term outcomes remained undefined through randomised controlled trials of medical and surgical therapy. The conclusion reflected the evidence presented, but its reliability is unclear given the apparent lack of formal validity assessment and poor reporting of methodology.

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Summaries for consumers

Topical anaesthetic or vasoconstrictor (blood vessel narrowing) preparations for flexible fibre‐optic nasal pharyngoscopy and laryngoscopy

Topical medications are often applied to the inside of a patient's nose prior to examining the nose, sinuses and throat with a flexible nasopharyngolaryngoscope. The aim of this is to reduce any discomfort the patient may feel and also to improve the adequacy of the examination.

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