Afrin Saline (Nasal)

Common Brands Actos
Drug Class
Controlled Substance Classification
Not a controlled medication
Generic Status
Lower-cost generic available
Prescription only
Allison Barnes, PharmD
Allison Barnes, PharmD
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Medically reviewed by Allison Barnes, PharmD last update on 20/12/2023


Afrin Saline Nasal Spray is a popular over-the-counter remedy designed to relieve nasal congestion and sinus pressure. Unlike other nasal decongestants that may contain oxymetazoline or xylometazoline, Afrin Saline is a simple saline solution, primarily composed of sodium chloride and water. This non-medicated option is often recommended for its safety and minimal side effects.


It works by thinning mucus and moisturizing nasal passages, facilitating easier breathing. Afrin Saline is suitable for adults and children, making it a versatile choice for families. Its ease of use and accessibility without a prescription adds to its popularity among those seeking a gentle yet effective solution for nasal discomfort.



Prescription only

Pregnancy & Lactation