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: Decongestant (Terry White Chemists) 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

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

Raynaud's disease - myDr.com.au

Raynaud`s disease causes spasm of the arteries leading to fingers and toes, which causes them to feel numb and cold and turn white, blue and red then tingle and feel painful.

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

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

Common cold

A cold is a viral infection which affects the nose, ears and throat. There are more than 200 different types of viruses that can cause the common cold.

Read more on WA Health website

Allergy | myVMC

Medical information about allergy relief medication, allergy immunology treatment for food allergy symptoms and allergies causing asthma

Read more on myVMC – Virtual Medical Centre website

Conjunctivitis: self-care - myDr.com.au

A major cause of eye problems is allergic, bacterial or viral conjunctivitis (inflammation of the 'wet' surfaces of the eye). Find out what products are available for conjunctivitis.

Read more on myDr website

Raynaud phenomenon - ACD

Raynaud phenomenon is an intermittent constriction of the blood flow to the fingers and toes precipitated by cold, emotion and some drugs that cause spasm of the small arteries bringing blood to the fingers and toes.

Read more on Australasian College of Dermatologists 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

Coughing: Children | myVMC

The cough is one of the most common things for human beings to do

Read more on myVMC – Virtual Medical Centre website

Runny Nose | myVMC

The notion of a child with a runny nose is almost one of those clichd visions we have of childhood

Read more on myVMC – Virtual Medical Centre 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