How Do Intranasal Decongestants Work?

Reviewed on 10/26/2021

HOW DO INTRANASAL DECONGESTANTS WORK?

Intranasal decongestants are drugs used for relieving nasal congestion.

They work in the following ways:

  • Relieve irritation of the upper respiratory tract infection
  • Reduce swelling of the inner lining of the nose
  • Shrink blood vessels in the nasal passage to relieve nasal congestion
  • Provide moisture to dry or inflamed nasal membranes
  • Help thin the sputum

HOW ARE INTRANASAL DECONGESTANTS USED?

Intranasal decongestants are used for treating:

  • Nasal congestion
  • Nasal dryness
  • Nasal swelling
  • Nasal irritation

WHAT ARE SIDE EFFECTS OF INTRANASAL DECONGESTANTS?

Intranasal decongestants may cause the following side effects:

  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Tremors
  • Sweating
  • Stinging
  • Dryness
  • Burning
  • Local irritation
  • Sneezing

The information contained herein is not intended to cover all possible side effects, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or adverse effects. Check with your doctor or pharmacist to make sure these drugs do not cause any harm when you take them along with other medicines. Never stop taking your medication and never change your dose or frequency without consulting your doctor.

WHAT ARE NAMES OF INTRANASAL DECONGESTANTS?

Generic and brand names of intranasal decongestants include:

QUESTION

Which illness is known as a viral upper respiratory tract infection? See Answer
References
https://reference.medscape.com/drugs/decongestants-intranasal

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