Vicks Sinex

Q: What is Sinex?

A: Sinex is an over-the-counter nasal spray that helps relieve the nasal stuffiness that often accompanies colds, hay fever, or upper respiratory allergies.

Q: What does Sinex do?

A: The Sinex line of products alleviates sinus pressure and shrinks swollen nasal membranes to help you breathe more freely—no matter how stuffy you may be.

Q: How often can I use Sinex?

A: Sinex provides 12-hour relief of nasal stuffiness and can be used every 10 to 12 hours.

Q: How much Sinex can I take?

A: Adults and children 6 years of age or older can administer 2 or 3 sprays in each nostril every 10 to 12 hours.

Q: How much Sinex is safe?

A: You should not exceed two doses of Sinex in a 24-hour period.

Q: Can I give Sinex to a child?

A: Children 6 years of age and older may use Sinex (with adult supervision). Children ages 2 to 6 may use Sinex if approved by a doctor. Children 2 years of age or younger should not use Sinex.

Q: Can I take Sinex while pregnant or breast-feeding?

A: If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, check with your health professional before using Sinex. He or she can determine if it is appropriate for you.

Q: What is the active ingredient in Sinex?

A: The active ingredient in Sinex is oxymetazoline HCl (a nasal decongestant).

Q: Does Sinex expire?

A: Yes. Do not use Sinex beyond the expiration date on the package.

Q: What are the side effects of Sinex?

A: Sinex may cause temporary discomfort such as burning, stinging, sneezing, or increased nasal discharge. Prolonged use may cause nasal congestion to recur or worsen.

Q: Are there any warnings I should be aware of when taking Sinex?

A: Ask a doctor before use if you have heart disease, thyroid disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, or trouble urinating due to an enlarged prostate gland. Do not exceed the recommended dosage of Sinex. Do not use Sinex for more than three days. Frequent or prolonged use may cause nasal congestion to recur or worsen. Stop use and ask a doctor if symptoms persist or worsen.