a drug used as a topical nasal decongestant that works by constricting the blood vessels in the nose.
nasal decongestants are used to treat nasal congestion and discomfort from allergies and colds. there are two types of nasal decongestants; 1) short acting, for example, levmetamfetamine or l-desoxyephedrine (vicks vapo inhaler) and phenylephrine (neo-synephrine, little noses decongestant nose drops, 4-way fast acting); and 2) long acting, for example xylometazoline (triaminic decongestant spray nasal & sinus congestion) and oxymetazoline (afrin, vicks sinex, zicam nasal gel). side effects, drug interactions, storage, dosing, and pregnancy and breastfeeding safety should be reviewed prior to taking any medication. medicinenet.com