Oxymetazoline-Induced Respiratory Arrest Due To Nasal Decongestants
Sowmitra Suraneni, Rahul Mansing Kadam, Vankayalapati Sri Venkateswara Prasad
Imidazoline drops are widely used as a nasal decongestant. Special formulations with reduced drug concentrations are available for infants and children. Most preparations are available over-the-counter and are prescribed without parent education about possible side effects. Here we report a case of a neonate with oxymetazoline-induced coma. We speculate that some neonates may suffer increased susceptibility toward side effects in the central nervous system because of these substances. Parent education and counseling about possible adverse effects along with prescription should be emphasized.
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