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Otrivine-Antistin eye drops

Mohommed Essop-Adam
Reviewed by Mohommed Essop-AdamReviewed on 30.10.2023 | 3 minutes read

Otrivine-Antistin eye drops relieve red and itchy eyes caused by allergies. This is known as allergic conjunctivitis ; it can occur seasonally or perennially. Hay fever (seasonal allergic conjunctivitis) is an allergic reaction to pollen at a specific time of the year (typically between late March and September). Perennial allergic conjunctivitis can occur at any time of the year. It is usually an allergic reaction to house dust or animal hair.

The active ingredients in Otrivine-Antistin eye drops are xylometazoline, a decongestant and antazoline, an antihistamine. You can buy Otrivine-Antistin eye drops from your pharmacy without a prescription. They are suitable for adults and children aged twelve and above.

Doctor’s advice

How do I use Otrivine-Antistin?

The recommended dose for adults is one or two drops into each eye two or three times a day. The recommended dose for children twelve and above is one drop into each eye two or three times a day.

You should speak with your doctor if your symptoms don’t improve after using the medication for two days. In this case, Otrivine-Antistin eye drops are unlikely to be the right medication for you.

You should not use Otrivine-Antistin eye drops for longer than seven consecutive days unless your doctor has advised otherwise.

How does Otrivine-Antistin work?

Each of these ingredients works in a different way to relieve congestion and allergy symptoms.

Xylometazoline Hydrochloride

This is a decongestant that works by constricting the blood vessels in the passages. By narrowing the blood vessels, xylometazoline reduces swelling and congestion in the mucosa, making it easier to breathe through the nose. This effect helps to alleviate symptoms of congestion caused by conditions such as the common cold, hay fever, and many more. Xylometazoline is fast-acting and provides rapid relief from congestion.

Antazoline Phosphate

This ingredient is an antihistamine, which means it works by blocking the action of histamine, a chemical released by the body during allergic reactions. Histamine causes inflammation, swelling, and irritation in the passages, leading to symptoms such as itching, sneezing, and a runny or blocked nose. By blocking histamine receptors, antazoline helps to reduce these allergy symptoms, providing relief from congestion, itching, and sneezing associated with allergic rhinitis (hay fever) or other allergic conditions.

The combination of xylometazoline and antazoline in Otrivine-Antistin drops provides dual-action relief from both congestion and allergy symptoms. Xylometazoline quickly clears blocked passages by reducing swelling and congestion, while antazoline helps to alleviate itching, sneezing, and other allergic symptoms by blocking the effects of histamine.

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Who should not use Otrivine-Antistin?

You should not use Otrivine-Antistin eye drops if you: wear contact lenses, have narrow-angle glaucoma, or take a type of antidepressant called a monoamine oxidase inhibitor. As always, do not use the medication if you are allergic to any ingredients. Otrivine-Antistin eye drops are not appropriate for children under twelve.

You should speak with your doctor or pharmacist before using Otrivine-Antistin eye drops if you are pregnant or breastfeeding or have any of the following conditions: diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, difficulty passing urine (urinary retention), an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism), dry eyes, or an adrenal tumour (phaeochromocytoma).

Are there any side effects?

As with all medications, some people may experience side effects. Potential side effects from Otrivine-Antistin eye drops include blurred vision, stinging in the eyes, nosebleeds, headaches, drowsiness, and enlarged pupils. You should speak with your doctor or pharmacist if any side effects become bothersome.

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Mohommed Essop-Adam
Reviewed by Mohommed Essop-Adam
Reviewed on 30.10.2023
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