The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has today agreed that Otrivine
Extra Dual Relief Nasal Spray Solution will be available through pharmacies without prescription.
They can also sell or supply any P medicine, which includes one antibiotic within its P licence of use for bacterial conjunctivitis only, as well as products such as Otrivine
Antistin and sodium cromoglicate, both for use with allergic conjunctivitis.
Decongestant nasal sprays, such as Otrivine
, can also be used to ease congestion, but these tend to dry out the lining of the nose and so can only safely be applied for a maximum of seven days.
You can also get nasal drops such as Otrivine
that are pretty good at reducing allergic reactions.
Decongestants such as Otrivine
help to clear a blocked nose, while eye drops such as Opticrom combat itchiness.
Treatments containing anti-histamines, such as Contac 400, can cause drowsiness, while some nasal sprays such as Otrivine
can bring temporary relief, but they can often lead to rebound congestion afterwards.
Treatments: Sinutab, Sudafed, Vicks, Synex, Otrivine
, menthol crystals.
According to a survey by eye spray manufacturers Otrivine
Antistin, 45 per cent of hay fever sufferers cannot go for a walk in the country or the garden, 26 per cent cannot do outdoor sports and 15 per cent cannot enjoy a barbecue.
as we are strengthening our over-the-counter ophthalmic brands such as Otrivine
This can be in the form of nose drops (such as Otrivine
paediatric) or as a medicine (like Galpseud).
Experts say the safest options are Dristan and Otrivine
, which cost from €'3.
Novartis Consumer Health is also weighing in to the congestion war, with a'Tough on congestion' radio campaign running in November for its Otrivine
decongestant brand and Vicks, with its new combination inhaler and medicated lip balm, Clear and Soothe.