How to open an Afrin
child-resistant cap

Here’s how to open either cap – spray or
pump mist.

PUMP MIST

Illustration of how to open the Afrin Pump Mist child resistant cap

To open:

  1. Hold white tabs.
  2. Push firmly down on grooved area of cap and turn counter clockwise.
  3. Secure cap after use.

For questions regarding the child-resistant packaging, please contact us at: 1-800-317-2165


SPRAY

Illustration of how to open the Afrin Nasal Spray child resistant cap

To open:

  1. Place bottom of bottle on flat surface.
  2. Push firmly down on cap and turn counter clockwise.
  3. Secure cap after use.

For questions regarding the child-resistant packaging, please contact us at: 1-800-317-2165

The Afrin® Pump Mist nozzle

How to use No Drip Afrin Pump Mist

Follow the directions closely. Use only as directed.

READ DRUG FACTS HERE
The Afrin® Nasal Spray nozzle

How to use Afrin Nasal Spray

Follow the directions closely. Use only as directed.

READ DRUG FACTS HERE

FAQs

Click on a question below to see the answer.

Do not use Afrin products for more than three days. Frequent or prolonged use may cause nasal congestion to recur or worsen.

If you still need a nasal decongestant after using Afrin for 3 days, please consult your healthcare professional. In addition:

  • Carefully read the product label
  • Use only as directed
  • Call 1-800-317-2165 (Monday through Friday from 9am - 5pm CST) with any questions.

Directions for opening the bottle are different depending on the Afrin product you’re using – either spray or pump mist. Click here or scroll to the top of this page for details.

Always read the full labeling before using any drug product. Afrin products can provide relief from your symptoms for up to 12 hours. Do not exceed 2 doses in any 24-hour period. Do not use for more than 3 days. Never use Afrin more often than every 10 to 12 hours according to labeling directions. Do not exceed 2 doses in any 24-hour period. In addition:

  • Carefully read the product label
  • Use only as directed
  • Call 1-800-317-2165 (Monday through Friday from 9am - 5pm CST) with any questions.

There are many online and local stores that carry Afrin Nasal Sprays. Visit the FIND/BUY page for help.

Adults and children 6 to under 12 years of age (with adult supervision): 2 or 3 sprays in each nostril not more often than every 10 to 12 hours. Do not exceed 2 doses in any 24-hour period.

Children under 6 years of age: ask a doctor.

In addition:

  • Carefully read the product label
  • Use only as directed
  • Call 1-800-317-2165 (Monday through Friday from 9am - 5pm CST) with any questions.

Directions for using Afrin Nasal Sprays are on the top of this page. Click here or scroll to the top of this page for help.

Directions for using Afrin No Drip Pump Mist products are at the top of this page. Click here or scroll to the top of this page for help.

Temporary discomfort, such as burning, stinging, sneezing or an increase in nasal discharge may occur. Use of this container by more than one person may spread infection.

Whether you have a cold, allergies, or both, Afrin Nasal Sprays can help relieve your nasal congestion when used as directed. Every single product has same active ingredient. You can learn more about each product from the PRODUCTS page.

No Drip formulas come in a pump mist bottle and won’t drip down your nose or throat. Nasal Sprays come in a squeeze bottle – though you can get Afrin Original as either a pump mist or a spray. Each one works instantly and provides up to 12 hours of nasal congestion relief due to cold or allergies:

  • Severe Congestion products provide a maximum strength formula with the aromatic power of menthol.
  • Extra Moisturizing products contain a special blend of ingredients that soothes and moisturizes dry irritated nasal passages.
  • Allery Sinus products provide fast, powerful relief from your allergy symptoms including sinus.

In addition:

  • Carefully read the product label
  • Use only as directed
  • Call 1-800-317-2165 (Monday through Friday from 9am - 5pm CST) with any questions.

When available, you can visit the coupon page to save money on Afrin products at your local store.

Ask your doctor before giving Afrin to a child under 6 years old. Children ages 6 to 12 should always take Afrin with adult supervision. In addition:

  • Carefully read the product label
  • Use only as directed
  • Call 1-800-317-2165 (Monday through Friday from 9am - 5pm CST) with any questions.
None of the Afrin formulas contain gluten.
As with any medicine, it’s a good idea to talk to your healthcare professional about using Afrin in addition to other medicines.
Afrin helps relieve nasal congestion from colds and airborne allergies – whether indoor or outdoor. You may still have other allergy symptoms – itchy, watery eyes, for example – that Afrin doesn’t treat, so remember to talk to your healthcare professional before using Afrin in addition to other medicines.
When used as directed, Afrin relieves nasal congestion within seconds and lasts up to 12 hours.
Decongestants in pill form like phenylephrine and pseudoephedrine can take longer to work. Afrin works directly on nasal membranes, giving you nasal congestion relief in seconds and lasts up to 12 hours.