Healthdirect Free Australian health advice you can count on.

Medical problem? Call 1800 022 222. If you need urgent medical help, call triple zero immediately

healthdirect Australia is a free service where you can talk to a nurse or doctor who can help you know what to do.

beginning of content

Brand name: Nasal Decongestant (Pharmacy Action) TM

Active ingredients: oxymetazoline

What it is used for

Provides relief from nasal congestion due to colds, influenza, allergies and sinusitis.

How to take it

The way to take this medicine is: Nasal. This medicine is given through the nose and absorbed through the nasal passages.

  • Store below 30 degrees Celsius
  • Shelf lifetime is 30 Months.

You should seek medical advice in relation to medicines and use only as directed by a healthcare professional.

Always read the label. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

Visual appearance

A clear, colourless liquid.

Do I need a prescription?

This medicine is available from a pharmacy without prescription. It is Schedule 2 : Pharmacy Medicine.

Reporting side effects

You can help ensure medicines are safe by reporting the side effects you experience.

You can report side effects to your doctor, or directly at www.tga.gov.au/reporting-problems

Back to top back to top

Need more information?

These trusted information partners have more on this topic.

Top results

Sinus and nasal problems - MyDr.com.au

Most sinus problems are due to allergy, infection, or a foreign substance inhaled up the nose. Find out what products are available for sinus and nasal problems.

Read more on myDr website

Hay fever treatments - MyDr.com.au

Antihistamines work fast and are good at treating mild symptoms of hay fever, such as sneezing and runny nose, whereas corticosteroid nasal sprays may take several days to work.

Read more on myDr website

Hay Fever & Asthma | Hay Fever-related Asthma Causes & Symptoms - Asthma Australia

Hay fever is a common allergy, also known as allergic rhinitis, that can also trigger asthma flare-ups. Learn more about hay fever-related asthma & symptoms here.

Read more on Asthma Australia website

Hay fever allergic rhinitis and your asthma - National Asthma Council Australia

Key messages Allergic rhinitis facts Can allergic rhinitis make asthma worse? What are the symptoms of allergic rhinitis? How do doctors diagnose allergic r

Read more on National Asthma Council Australia website

Allergic rhinitis - symptoms, causes and treatment - MyDr.com.au

Rhinitis means inflammation of the lining of the nose. Allergic rhinitis means that this inflammation is caused by an allergy.

Read more on myDr website

Pollen allergy - Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA)

Pollen from grasses, weeds or trees can trigger symptoms of hayfever and asthma. Pollen seasons can last for several months and exposure is difficult to avoid.

Read more on ASCIA – Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy website

Colds - MyDr.com.au

A cold is an infection caused by a virus. It usually lasts two to three days and does not cause serious illness in healthy people. Find out what products are available for colds.

Read more on myDr website

Dry coughs - MyDr.com.au

A dry cough is non-productive and irritating, and sometimes causes a tickly throat. Find out what products are available for a dry cough.

Read more on myDr website

Chesty coughs - MyDr.com.au

When you have a chesty cough (wet, productive or phlegmy) your chest feels heavy and you may cough up mucus or phlegm. Find out what products are available for a chesty cough.

Read more on myDr website

Allergic rhinitis (hay fever)? - Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA)

Allergic rhinitis (commonly known as hay fever) affects around 18% of people in Australia and New Zealand. It can affect children and adults.

Read more on ASCIA – Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy website

Healthdirect 24hr 7 days a week hotline

24 hour health advice you can count on

1800 022 222

Government Accredited with over 140 information partners

We are a government-funded service, providing quality, approved health information and advice

Australian Government, health department logo ACT Government logo New South Wales government, health department logo Northen Territory Government logo Government of South Australia, health department logo Tasmanian government logo Government of Western Australia, health department logo