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How To Take Nasonex For The Best Results

Scott McDougall
Scott McDougallMPharmDirector & Registered Manager

Reviewed on 9 May 2024

Do you suffer from the constant sneezing, runny nose, and nasal congestion that comes with allergic rhinitis? If so, you're not alone - around 20% of people in the UK experience these frustrating allergy symptoms. While allergic rhinitis can't be cured, effective treatments like Nasonex nasal spray can provide much-needed relief.

Nasonex contains the corticosteroid mometasone furoate, which works to reduce inflammation in the nasal passages caused by allergens. When used correctly, this prescription nasal spray can effectively prevent and treat both seasonal and year-round allergy symptoms, including hay fever reactions to pollen, dust, and pet dander.

However, proper usage is key for Nasonex to work its best. This guide will outline how to take Nasonex for the best results in managing your allergic rhinitis. We'll cover understanding the spray, preparing for use, step-by-step administration, ensuring consistent effectiveness, and safety considerations.

Key Takeaways:

  • Nasonex effectively treats allergy symptoms by reducing nasal inflammation
  • Proper administration technique and consistent daily use are crucial for best results
  • Always check expiration, prime the bottle, and clear your nasal passages before use
  • Contact The Independent Pharmacy for seamless access to Nasonex prescriptions
  • Stay patient - it may take several days to experience Nasonex's full effects

Understanding Nasonex and Allergic Rhinitis

Allergic rhinitis is a chronic condition where the immune system overreacts to harmless allergens like pollen, dust mites, or pet dander. This abnormal response triggers the release of inflammatory chemicals, leading to symptoms such as sneezing, itchy/watery eyes, runny nose, and nasal congestion. While the exact cause is unknown, genetics and environmental factors are thought to play a role.

Nasonex nasal spray contains the active ingredient mometasone furoate, a corticosteroid with potent anti-inflammatory properties. When sprayed into the nasal passages, it works by reducing inflammation caused by the body's overactive immune response to allergens. This helps alleviate bothersome allergy symptoms like congestion and runny nose. Nasonex is manufactured by Organon Pharma and comes in an 18-gram bottle containing around 140 metered doses.

Nasonex Nasal Spray
Nasonex Nasal Spray
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Preparing for Use

Before using Nasonex for the first time, it's important to check the expiry date and ensure proper storage per the instructions. You'll also need to prime the bottle by spraying it into the air until a fine mist appears. This prepares the pump for use.

Just before administering Nasonex, gently blow your nose to clear your nasal passages. This helps ensure the medication can be properly absorbed and is not obstructed by excess mucus or nasal congestion. Clear nasal airways improve the spray's delivery and effectiveness.

Step-by-Step Usage Instructions

Follow these steps for the proper nasal spray administration technique:

  1. Shake the bottle gently and remove the dust cap.
  2. Keeping your head upright, gently insert the nozzle into one nostril, pointing towards the back of your nose.
  3. Close your other nostril with your finger and tilt your head slightly forward.
  4. Inhale slowly through your nose as you activate the pump to release one spray into that nostril. Don't inhale too quickly or deeply.
  5. Exhale through your mouth.
  6. Repeat steps 3-5 for a second spray in the same nostril if prescribed that dosage.
  7. Follow steps 3-6 to administer the correct number of sprays in your other nostril.

Proper head position, gentle inhaling, and angling the nozzle correctly ensure the medication coats the nasal passages adequately. For adults and children over 12, the recommended dosage is 2 sprays per nostril once daily.

Tips for Consistent and Effective Use

While you may experience some relief within 12 hours, it can take several days of regular Nasonex use to experience its full therapeutic effects. Consistent, daily application as prescribed is crucial.

To help remember your Nasonex routine, set a reminder on your phone or take it at the same time as another daily activity. You can also leave the bottle somewhere visible as a prompt.

For enhanced effectiveness, stay hydrated and consider using a humidifier, especially during dry seasons. This adds moisture to nasal passages to improve medication absorption and prevent irritation.

Safety Considerations

While generally well-tolerated, there are some potential side effects and precautions to be aware of when using Nasonex:

Possible side effects include headaches, nose/throat irritation, coughing, nosebleeds, and changes in taste/smell. These are usually minor, but let your doctor know if they persist or worry you.

Nasonex can interact with certain medications like ritonavir and ketoconazole, so provide your doctor/pharmacist with a full list of any drugs you take. This includes over-the-counter medicines and herbal supplements.

The safety of Nasonex use has not been established for children under 2 years old. For kids aged 2-11, only use Nasonex under medical supervision and follow paediatric dosing instructions.

Pregnant women should only use Nasonex if the potential benefits outweigh the risks, as it may affect the unborn baby. Discuss your options with your doctor.

If you experience severe side effects like wheezing, face swelling, or vision changes, discontinue Nasonex immediately and seek medical help, as this could indicate a rare but serious allergic reaction.

Taking The Next Step With The Independent Pharmacy

Now that you know how to take Nasonex correctly for maximum allergy relief, it's time to put that knowledge into action. Here at The Independent Pharmacy, we provide hassle-free access to Nasonex and other medications you need to take control of your allergic rhinitis.

Don't let allergies disrupt your daily life any longer. Contact us today to have your Nasonex prescription transferred seamlessly to our online pharmacy. We'll deliver your medication right to your door with timely refill reminders so you never miss a dose.

FAQS

How long does it take for Nasonex to start working?

You may experience some initial relief from allergy symptoms within 12 hours of using Nasonex. However, it can take several days of consistent daily use to feel the full therapeutic effects. Stay patient and keep using it as prescribed.

Can I use Nasonex indefinitely for allergies?

Yes, Nasonex is approved for long-term control and prevention of allergy symptoms. Unless directed otherwise by your doctor, you can safely continue taking it daily to manage allergic rhinitis without symptom relapse.

How to Take Nasonex for the Best Results?

Proper technique is key. Always gently blow your nose first, then tilt your head slightly forward. Slowly inhale through your nose as you spray Nasonex into each nostril, aiming the nozzle toward the back of your nose. Don't inhale too forcefully.

What if I accidentally miss a dose of Nasonex?

Try to take Nasonex around the same time each day, but don't double up if you miss a dose. Just take your next regularly scheduled dose to get back on track. Maintaining consistent daily use is most important.

Sources

Allergy UK- https://www.allergyuk.org/mp-toolkit/statistics

NHS UK- https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/allergies/

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