Dosing InformationThere is only one standard recommended dosage for this product. As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Afrin Dosage for more information.)
Side Effects of AfrinJust like any medicine, Afrin can cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience problems. Most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are easily treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Possible side effects of Afrin include but are not limited to:
- Temporary burning or stinging
- Worsening of congestion with prolonged use (see Afrin Addiction).
(Click Afrin Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
Drug InteractionsAfrin may interact with some other medications (see Afrin Drug Interactions).
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using Afrin if you have:
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Heart disease
- Difficulty passing urine
- An overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism)
- An enlarged prostate (also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH)
- Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Afrin and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Afrin and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Afrin Warnings and Precautions to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)