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Reviewed on 1/27/2020

Brand Name: Privine

Generic Name: Naphazoline

Drug Class: Decongestants, Intranasal

What Is Naphazoline Used For and How Does it Work?

Naphazoline is used as a nasal decongestant.

Naphazoline is available under the following different brand names: Privine.

Dosages of Naphazoline:

Dosage Forms and Strengths

Nasal Spray

  • 0.05% (20mL)

Dosage Considerations – Should be Given as Follows:

Nasal Decongestant

  • Adults and children over 12 years: 1-2 sprays per nostril every 6 hours as needed
  • Children under 12 years: Not recommended


Allergies can best be described as: See Answer

What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Naphazoline?

Side effects of Naphazoline may include:

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

What Other Drugs Interact with Naphazoline?

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.

Naphazoline has no listed severe interactions with other drugs.

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Moderate interactions of naphazoline include:

Naphazoline 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 Naphazoline?


This medication contains naphazoline. Do not take Privine if you are allergic to naphazoline 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.


Effects of Drug Abuse

  • No information available.

Short-Term Effects

  • See "What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Naphazoline?"

Long-Term Effects

  • See "What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Naphazoline?"


Pregnancy and Lactation

Use naphazoline with caution during pregnancy if benefits outweigh risks. Animal studies show risk and human studies are not available or neither animal nor human studies were done.

It is not known if naphazoline is excreted in breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.


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