For adults and children 6 years of age and older, the recommended dose of oxymetazoline eye drops is 1 or 2 drops into the eye every 6 hours as needed to a maximum of 4 times a day. The treatment usually continues for 7 to 10 days.
Soft contact lenses should be removed before using this medication.
You should notice improvement in your condition within 3 days and treatment should be continued until the condition is completely cleared up. If irritation persists, or if irritation gets worse or does not improve within three days, contact your doctor.
To avoid contamination of the eye drops, do not allow the dropper tip to touch the eye or any other surface. Always replace the cap on the container after using. Do not share eye drops, as this may spread infection between people. Do not use the solution if it changes colour or becomes cloudy.
Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are using the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to use this medication exactly as recommended by your doctor. Do not use higher doses than those recommended by your doctor. If you are using this medication regularly and you miss a dose, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and carry on with your regular schedule. Do not use a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.