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Vicks Sinex Nasal Spray
Member Name: minimunchkin
Vicks Sinex Nasal Spray
Advantages: Offers some relief
Disadvantages: Doesn't last long enough
I'm currently suffering from a nasty cold so thought I would review some of the products I am using to try and shift it.
I first tried the Vicks Sinex spray about 6 months ago, when I had yet another cold. My nose was ridiculously bunged up; I couldn't sleep at all because I just couldn't breathe. My husband picked up a bottle from a local Boots chemist, no prescription is required, you can buy it straight over the counter.
The bottle is quite a simple white bottle with a green lid, which has the Vicks logo on top, the bottle has a label on the front with the product name and what is it and the back has usage information and ingredients. The bottle contains 20ml and has the active ingredient Oxymetazoline hydrochloride 0.05% w/v. The bottle I have has a use by date of May 2015 so it has quite a long shelf life and you only use a very small amount so I would say it's quite good value for money, at around £3.85 a bottle (Boots).
To use the spray, you simply insert it into your nostril, hold the other one closed and give the bottle a sharp squeeze, then inhale deeply. It says to have 1-2 sprays in each nostril every 6 - 8 hours.
I was a bit wary of using it at first as I don't like the thought of spraying something up my nose but when I did eventually try it, you can't really feel anything going up apart from a strong menthol smell. The first time I did notice it had helped a bit, it's a shame you can only use it every 6 - 8 hours because it definitely doesn't last that long. I think maybe the effects last for around an hour and after that, I'm blocked up again.
Another time I used this, I think I must've squeezed the bottle too hard as it caused quite a bit of pain in my nostrils and they were sore for quite a while after, either that or my nostrils were just very sore anyway but I didn't use it again with that cold (I get colds a lot if you hadn't noticed)
I've been using this for the last couple of days with the latest cold and it helped the first night, cleared my nose up so I could get to sleep but woke up maybe an hour later and my nose was just as bad as before. Since then I haven't noticed it helping massively.
You can only use it for around three days, after that I believe it makes the blocked up nose worse.
The information leaflet (which I don't have now but did read when I first got it) mentioned possible side effects so I would definitely recommend reading it before using this for the first time.
I would recommend it as it does offer some relief but not as much as I'd like.
Summary: Okay for short term relief
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