Ethyl Alcohol Intranasal

Reviewed on 9/20/2021

What Is Ethyl Alcohol Intranasal and How Does It Work?

Ethyl alcohol intranasal is an over-the counter (OTC) product used for nasal decolonization as part of infection control measures to reduce nasal carriage bacteria (e.g., S. aureus) to lower the risk of nasal pathogen transmission.

  • Ethyl alcohol intranasal is available under the following different brand names: Nozin Nasal Sanitizer.

What Are Dosages of Ethyl Alcohol Intranasa?

Dosages of Ethyl Alcohol Intranasal:

Dosage Forms and Strengths

Nasal Swab

  • 62% (0.5mL prefilled ampule [POPswab])
  • Inactive ingredients: jojoba, orange oil, coconut oil, lauric acid, benzalkonium chloride, and vitamin E

Dosage Considerations – Should be Given as Follows:

Nasal Bacterial Decolonization

  • Used for nasal decolonization as part of infection control measures to reduce nasal carriage bacteria (e.g., S. aureus) to lower the risk of nasal pathogen transmission
  • Swab nose as directed; not to exceed 4 times/day

Dosing Considerations

Use in healthcare providers

  • Hospital healthcare providers who tested positive for S. aureus nasal carriage were treated with 3 applications at 4-hr intervals during the workday
  • Antiseptic use reduced colony-forming units from baseline by 99% (median) and 82% (mean) (P less than 0.001) compared with placebo
  • Total bacterial colony forming units were reduced by 91% (median) and 71% (mean) (P less than 0.001) compared with placebo
  • Am J Infect Control. 2014 August;42(8):841-846

Use in other populations

  • Part of postoperative/discharge care in patients and caregivers who are carriers
  • Use in S. aureus nasal carriers instead of isolation

What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Ethyl Alcohol Intranasal?

Side effects of ethyl alcohol intranasal include:

  • Irritation
  • Redness

This document does not contain all possible side effects and others may occur. Check with your physician for additional information about side effects.

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What Other Drugs Interact with Ethyl Alcohol Intranasal?

If your doctor has directed you to use this medication, your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor, health care provider or pharmacist first.

  • Ethyl alcohol intranasal has no listed severe interactions with other drugs.
  • Ethyl alcohol intranasal has no listed serious interactions with other drugs.
  • Ethyl alcohol intranasal has no listed moderate interactions with other drugs.
  • Ethyl alcohol intranasal has no listed mild interactions with other drugs.
     

This document does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist. Check with your physician if you have health questions or concerns.

What Are Warnings and Precautions for Ethyl Alcohol Intranasal? 

Warnings

  • This medication contains ethyl alcohol intranasal. Do not take Nozin Nasal Sanitizer if you are allergic to ethyl alcohol intranasal or any ingredients contained in this drug.
  • Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center immediately.

Contraindications

  • Hypersensitivity

Effects of Drug Abuse

  • No information available

Short-Term Effects

  • See "What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Ethyl Alcohol Intranasal?”

Long-Term Effects

  • See "What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Ethyl Alcohol Intranasal?”

Cautions

  • Do not use in the eyes, on mucous membranes, with a history of nasal bleeding or irritation, or if allergic to any of the ingredients

Pregnancy and Lactation

  • Use ethyl alcohol intranasal with caution during pregnancy if the benefits outweigh the risks. Animal studies show risk and human studies are not available or neither animal nor human studies were done.
  • It is unknown if ethyl alcohol intranasal is distributed in human breast milk.
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding patients should seek the advice of a healthcare professional before using over-the-counter (OTC) drugs.
References
https://reference.medscape.com/drug/nozin-nasal-sanitizer-advanced-antiseptic-ethyl-alcohol-intranasal-999968

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