Afrin Nasal Decongestant Spray Original
Relieves nasal congestion due to colds
Also relieves sinus congestion, pressure
12 hour relief
Starts to work in seconds providing 12 hours of nasal congestion relief with no drowsiness.
Nasal decongestant: A drug that shrinks the swollen membranes in the nose, making it easier to breath. Decongestants can be taken orally or by nasal drops or spray. Nasal decongestants should not be used for more than five days in a row without the doctor's consent, and then usually only when accompanied by a nasal steroid. When nasal decongestants are used for a long time and then discontinued, symptoms often worsen (a rebound effect) because the tissues become dependent on the medication.
The books say decongestants are safe to use in infants three months and older. However I use them under six months only if the congestion is affecting feeding or sleeping. If your infant is under six months old, you should consult his physician before using this medication. The main side effect is over-stimulation. Uncommon side effects are headache, upset stomach and dizziness. If your child has a history of seizures, high blood pressure, heart disease, thyroid disease or is taking medications for any of these conditions, consult your doctor before taking this medication.