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Common Afrin Side Effects


The most commonly reported Afrin side effects (click to view or check a box to report):

Nasal Discomfort (52)
Burning Sensation (33)
Rhinorrhoea (25)
Accidental Exposure To Product (21)
Anosmia (19)
Condition Aggravated (18)
Ageusia (16)
Sneezing (15)
Headache (15)
Pain (11)
Dyspnoea (11)
Epistaxis (11)
Feeling Abnormal (10)
Sinus Headache (10)
Oropharyngeal Pain (10)
Dependence (9)
Nasal Congestion (9)
Rebound Effect (9)
Discomfort (8)
Lacrimation Increased (6)

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If you or someone in your family has experienced a serious side effect to a health product, you are encouraged to report the experience to your health care professional (e.g. physician, pharmacist). You could also complete a copy of the side effect reporting form or report your side effect to FDA.

Afrin Side Effects Reported to FDA



Afrin Side Effect Report#9928561
Catheterisation Cardiac, Coronary Artery Occlusion, Blood Cholesterol Increased, Hypertension, Osteoarthritis, Diabetes Mellitus
This is a report of a 75-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from BR, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: nasal congestion, who was treated with Afrin (dosage: 2 Drops In Each Nostril, Qpm, start time: 2011), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Catheterisation Cardiac, Coronary Artery Occlusion, Blood Cholesterol Increased, Hypertension, Osteoarthritis, Diabetes Mellitus after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Afrin treatment in female patients, resulting in Catheterisation Cardiac side effect.
Afrin Side Effect Report#9879845
Rash, Urticaria, Pruritus
This report suggests a potential Afrin Rash side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 64-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: sinus headache,sinus disorder and used Afrin (dosage: 2 Df, Q6h) starting
Jun 24, 2013. After starting Afrin the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Rash, Urticaria, PruritusAdditional drugs used concurrently:
  • Augmentin (875 Mg, Once)
  • Lisinopril
  • Metformin
  • Omeprazole
  • Atrovent
  • Singulair
  • Diclofenac
Although Afrin demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Rash, may still occur.
Afrin Side Effect Report#9834250
Unevaluable Event
This Unevaluable Event problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 67-year-old male patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA. On NS this consumer started treatment with Afrin (dosage: NA). The following drugs were being taken at the same time: NA. When using Afrin, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Unevaluable EventAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Unevaluable Event, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Afrin Side Effect Report#9727332
Nasal Discomfort
This Nasal Discomfort side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 52-year-old female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: NA.The patient was prescribed Afrin Spray (drug dosage: NA), which was initiated on NS. Concurrently used drugs: NA..After starting to take Afrin Spray the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Nasal DiscomfortThese side effects may potentially be related to Afrin Spray.
Afrin Side Effect Report#9725235
Food Allergy, Abasia
This is a report of a 66-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: rhinitis, who was treated with Afrin (dosage: Cg Nostril/ 1 Day, start time:
Oct 15, 2013), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Food Allergy, Abasia after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Afrin treatment in female patients, resulting in Food Allergy side effect.
Afrin Side Effect Report#9570011
Ageusia, Anosmia, Dysgeusia
This report suggests a potential Afrin Ageusia side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 52-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: nasopharyngitis,nasal oedema and used Afrin (dosage: NA) starting
Jun 15, 2013. After starting Afrin the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Ageusia, Anosmia, DysgeusiaAdditional drugs used concurrently: NA. Although Afrin demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Ageusia, may still occur.
Afrin Side Effect Report#9465137
Convulsion, Loss Of Consciousness, Cough, Wheezing, Dyspnoea
This Convulsion problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 52-year-old male patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: nasal congestion,seasonal allergy. On
Aug 04, 2013 this consumer started treatment with Afrin Severe Congestion Spray With Menthol (dosage: Unk, Qd). The following drugs were being taken at the same time:
  • Allegra
When using Afrin Severe Congestion Spray With Menthol, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Convulsion, Loss Of Consciousness, Cough, Wheezing, DyspnoeaAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Convulsion, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Afrin Side Effect Report#9462391
Sinus Headache, Ear Pain, Oropharyngeal Pain
This Sinus Headache side effect was reported by a physician from US. A 70-year-old female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: nasal congestion.The patient was prescribed Afrin Sinus (drug dosage: 2 Sprays Each Nostril), which was initiated on
Aug 13, 2013. Concurrently used drugs: NA..After starting to take Afrin Sinus the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Sinus Headache, Ear Pain, Oropharyngeal PainThese side effects may potentially be related to Afrin Sinus.
Afrin Side Effect Report#9435282
Dependence, Overdose, Product Odour Abnormal
This is a report of a male patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: dyspnoea,hypertension,blood cholesterol increased, who was treated with Afrin (dosage: Unk, Tid, start time: 2012), combined with:
  • Diovan
  • Lescol
and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Dependence, Overdose, Product Odour Abnormal after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Afrin treatment in male patients, resulting in Dependence side effect.
Afrin Side Effect Report#9403558
Application Site Pain
This report suggests a potential Afrin Application Site Pain side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 51-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: nasal congestion and used Afrin (dosage: NA) starting NS. After starting Afrin the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Application Site PainAdditional drugs used concurrently: NA. Although Afrin demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Application Site Pain, may still occur.
Afrin Side Effect Report#9366927
Sinusitis
This Sinusitis problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 63-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: nasal congestion. On NS this consumer started treatment with Afrin (dosage: NA). The following drugs were being taken at the same time: NA. When using Afrin, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: SinusitisAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Sinusitis, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Afrin Side Effect Report#9352058
Pain
This Pain side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 73-year-old male patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: NA.The patient was prescribed Afrin (drug dosage: NA), which was initiated on NS. Concurrently used drugs: NA..After starting to take Afrin the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: PainThese side effects may potentially be related to Afrin.
Afrin Side Effect Report#9347125
Dyspnoea, Dysphonia, Cough, Overdose, Liquid Product Physical Issue
This is a report of a 51-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: nasal congestion, who was treated with Afrin (dosage: 3-4 Times, Qd, start time: 2011), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Dyspnoea, Dysphonia, Cough, Overdose, Liquid Product Physical Issue after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Afrin treatment in female patients, resulting in Dyspnoea side effect.
Afrin Side Effect Report#9338579
Anosmia, Product Label Issue
This report suggests a potential Afrin Anosmia side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 44-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: sinus congestion and used Afrin (dosage: 2-3 Sprays, 2x/day, Nasal) starting
May 27, 2013. After starting Afrin the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Anosmia, Product Label IssueAdditional drugs used concurrently: NA. Although Afrin demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Anosmia, may still occur.
Afrin Side Effect Report#9330196
Nasal Ulcer, Dependence
This Nasal Ulcer problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 60-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA. On NS this consumer started treatment with Afrin (dosage: NA). The following drugs were being taken at the same time: NA. When using Afrin, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Nasal Ulcer, DependenceAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Nasal Ulcer, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Afrin Side Effect Report#9303465
Eye Pain, Accidental Exposure To Product
This Eye Pain side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 71-year-old female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: NA.The patient was prescribed Afrin (drug dosage: 1 Df, Once), which was initiated on
May 03, 2013. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Azopt
.After starting to take Afrin the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Eye Pain, Accidental Exposure To ProductThese side effects may potentially be related to Afrin.
Afrin Side Effect Report#9235797
Hypoaesthesia, Paraesthesia
This is a report of a 55-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: NA, who was treated with Afrin (dosage: NA, start time: NS), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Hypoaesthesia, Paraesthesia after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Afrin treatment in male patients, resulting in Hypoaesthesia side effect.
Afrin Side Effect Report#9188772
Sneezing, Nasal Dryness
This report suggests a potential Afrin Sneezing side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 27-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: nasopharyngitis and used Afrin (dosage: Unk, Once) starting 2012. After starting Afrin the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Sneezing, Nasal DrynessAdditional drugs used concurrently: NA. Although Afrin demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Sneezing, may still occur.
Afrin Side Effect Report#9184994
Nasal Discomfort
This Nasal Discomfort problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 13-year-old male patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA. On NS this consumer started treatment with Afrin (dosage: NA). The following drugs were being taken at the same time: NA. When using Afrin, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Nasal DiscomfortAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Nasal Discomfort, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Afrin Side Effect Report#9179765
Heart Rate Increased
This Heart Rate Increased side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 66-year-old female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: NA.The patient was prescribed Afrin (drug dosage: NA), which was initiated on NS. Concurrently used drugs: NA..After starting to take Afrin the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Heart Rate IncreasedThese side effects may potentially be related to Afrin.
Afrin Side Effect Report#9152731
Rebound Effect, Nasal Oedema
This is a report of a 40-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: NA, who was treated with Afrin No Drip Extra Moisturizing Nasal Spray (dosage: NA, start time: NS), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Rebound Effect, Nasal Oedema after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Afrin No Drip Extra Moisturizing Nasal Spray treatment in male patients, resulting in Rebound Effect side effect.
Afrin Side Effect Report#9152722
Nasal Discomfort
This report suggests a potential Afrin Spray Nasal Discomfort side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 28-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA and used Afrin Spray (dosage: NA) starting
Oct 08, 2012. After starting Afrin Spray the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Nasal DiscomfortAdditional drugs used concurrently: NA. Although Afrin Spray demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Nasal Discomfort, may still occur.
Afrin Side Effect Report#9147919
Sinus Headache, Sneezing, Rhinorrhoea
This Sinus Headache problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 35-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA. On NS this consumer started treatment with Afrin (dosage: NA). The following drugs were being taken at the same time: NA. When using Afrin, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Sinus Headache, Sneezing, RhinorrhoeaAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Sinus Headache, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Afrin Side Effect Report#9147918
Pain
This Pain side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 27-year-old female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: nasal congestion,rhinorrhoea.The patient was prescribed Afrin (drug dosage: NA), which was initiated on NS. Concurrently used drugs: NA..After starting to take Afrin the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: PainThese side effects may potentially be related to Afrin.
Afrin Side Effect Report#9147878
Condition Aggravated
This is a report of a 50-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: NA, who was treated with Afrin (dosage: NA, start time: NS), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Condition Aggravated after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Afrin treatment in female patients, resulting in Condition Aggravated side effect.


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The appearance of Afrin on this list does not mean that FDA has concluded that the drug has the listed risk. It means that FDA has identified a potential safety issue, but it does not mean that FDA has found a causal relationship between the drug and the listed risk.

What are common Afrin Side Effects for Women?

Women Side EffectsReports
Nasal Discomfort 46
Burning Sensation 31
Accidental Exposure To Product 21
Rhinorrhoea 20
Condition Aggravated 13
Sneezing 13
Headache 12
Anosmia 11
Ageusia 10
Oropharyngeal Pain 10

What are common Afrin Side Effects for Men?

Men Side EffectsReports
Anosmia 8
Ageusia 6
Nasal Discomfort 6
Condition Aggravated 5
Dyspnoea 5
Rebound Effect 5
Rhinorrhoea 5
Bradycardia 3
Dependence 3
Epistaxis 3

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    Scale: 1 = very mild to 10 = very bad

    Side effects reports are analyzed to discover potential health product safety signals. Some important reactions may take an extremely long time to develop or occur infrequently. Continued monitoring of adverse reactions is thus essential to maintain a comprehensive safety and effectiveness profile of health products.

    You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

    Afrin reports list potential signals of serious risks and new safety information that were identified using the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS).
    FAERS is a database that contains information on adverse event and medication errors reports submitted to FDA by healthcare professionals (such as physicians, pharmacists, nurses and others), consumers (such as patients, family members, layers and others) and manufacturers.

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    Afrin Safety Alerts, Active Ingredients, Usage Information

    NDC11523-1159
    TypeHUMAN OTC DRUG
    Proprietary NameAfrin Original Pump Mist
    NameOxymetazoline hydrochloride
    Dosage FormSPRAY, METERED
    RouteNASAL
    On market since19750714
    LabelerMSD Consumer Care, Inc.
    Active Ingredient(s)OXYMETAZOLINE HYDROCHLORIDE
    Strength(s)0.05
    Unit(s)g/100mL
    Pharma Class

    More About Afrin

    Side Effects reported to FDA: 264

    Afrin safety alerts: No

    Reported deaths: 2

    Reported hospitalizations: 18

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