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|Type of medicine||Corticosteroid Nasal Spray|
|Works by||Stopping the immune system’s inflammatory response to allergens|
|Active ingredient||Mometasone furoate|
|Effective within||1 minute|
|Pack size||140 metered actuations (18g)|
|Common side effects||Irritation in the nose or throat, nosebleeds, headache|
|Use with alcohol||No known issues|
What is Nasonex and what is it used for?
Nasonex nasal spray can effectively treat and prevent the symptoms of allergic rhinitis. Nasonex effectively treats both seasonal and year-round allergies including hayfever, house dust and animals. As well as helping to treat growths in the nose known as, nasal polyps.
Nasonex contains the active ingredient Mometasone furoate, which is a corticosteroid. Corticosteroids, such as Mometasone have anti-inflammatory properties helping to improve symptoms of allergic rhinitis by reducing inflammation in the nasal passages.
Nasonex Nasal Spray is manufactured by Organon Pharma and is available on prescription in 18-gram bottles containing approximately 140 metered doses. This nasal spray can be used by adults and children over the age of 3 years.
What is allergic rhinitis?
It is estimated that around 20% of people in The UK suffer from allergic rhinitis. The condition is caused by an overactive immune system, whereby it mistakenly reacts to allergens in the same way that it would an infection. As a result, when harmless allergens enter the nose, the body overreacts and starts to produce extra mucus.
It is this overreaction that leads to symptoms, such as sneezing, congestion, and a runny nose. It still isn’t fully understood why some people’s immune system reacts this way. However, allergic rhinitis often runs in families, so genetics is believed to play a role.
In most cases, allergic rhinitis doesn’t cause any serious complications, though the symptoms can be extremely frustrating and inconvenient. In rare cases, allergic rhinitis can lead to sinusitis or a middle-ear infection.
How does Nasonex work?
Unfortunately, allergic rhinitis cannot be cured, however, the symptoms can be effectively managed with treatments like Nasonex. The corticosteroid works by stopping the immune system’s inflammatory response to allergens. This prevents unwanted allergy symptoms from developing and helps to improve symptoms once you have already developed a reaction.
There are some non-medicinal methods to help combat hay fever symptoms. Some of these may include:
- Wear wrap-around sunglasses
- Keep windows closed when it is a day with a high pollen count.
- Try to have a shower after a day almost straight away. This will remove any trapped pollen grains from your hair and or skin.
There is an extremely large range of OTC (over-the-counter) products you can purchase in any pharmacy, these vary from tablets to nasal sprays and also eye drops. These treatments include:
You should try these before moving on to a prescription-only medicine. For a full list of treatments please see our Advice for Hayfever page.
Reading the following warnings carefully will help to ensure you are selecting an appropriate product.
Nasonex Nasal Spray is unsuitable for you if:
- You have injured your nose
- You have recently undergone an operation on your nose
- There is an untreated infection in your nose
Consult your GP if you:
- Have any infections
- Have ever had tuberculosis
- Are currently taking any other corticosteroid medicines
- Have cystic fibrosis
While using Nasonex, inform your GP if you:
- Develop an infection of the throat or nose
- Take the medicine for several months or more
- Struggle to fight a cold or other infections
- Develop persistent nasal irritation – this may be caused by the inactive ingredient benzalkonium chloride
Please read all packaging and the Patient Information Leaflet before taking any new medicine and inform your doctor of medicines you are taking or intend to take.
Adults and children over the age of 12 years: Use 2 sprays in each nostril once a day. You should notice your symptoms improving within 12 hours, though it will likely take a few days for Nasonex to reach its full effect.
- Shake the bottle gently and remove the dust cap.
- Gently blow your nose.
- Close one nostril and put the nozzle into the other nostril as shown.
- Tilt your head forward slightly, keeping the bottle upright.
- Start to breathe in gently or slowly through your nose and whilst you are breathing in squirt a spray of fine mist into your nose by pressing down ONCE with your fingers.
- Breathe out through your mouth. Repeat step 4 to inhale a second spray in the same nostril if applicable.
- Repeat steps 3 to 6 for the other nostril
The active ingredient contained in Nasonex Nasal Spray is: Mometasone furoate (50 micrograms).
Nasonex Nasal Spray also contains the following inactive ingredients: Dispersible cellulose, glycerol, sodium citrate, citric acid monohydrate, polysorbate 80, benzalkonium chloride, purified water.
Nasonex side effects
Not everyone will experience side effects when they take Nasonex Nasal Spray. However, if you do, they can include:
- irritation in the nose or throat
- nose ulcers
- respiratory tract infection
If you are concerned about these effects, or if the product affects you in any other way, stop using it and talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
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Nasonex Nasal Spray FAQs
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You will need to fill in a simple health questionnaire so that our GPs and Pharmacists can ensure it is safe for us to supply your Nasonex to you. It only takes a few minutes, and your treatment can be delivered to your door as soon as the next working day.
Nasonex is a prescription-only hay fever treatment. For that reason, to ensure the safety of our patients and the legal operating of our pharmacy, we only supply a maximum of 3 packs of treatment at one time.
This allows us to balance offering our patients an adequate supply of treatment with regular checks on their condition, symptoms, and effectiveness of treatment. This model ensures the perfect mix of convenience with optimal health and safety.
If you have no adverse effects and your hay fever is well controlled, you can log in and easily re-order another supply.
Each use (or actuation) of Nasonex delivers 50 micrograms of a corticosteroid called mometasone furoate. It also contains several inactive ingredients. For more details, please see the ‘Ingredients’ tab above.
The active ingredient in Nasonex, mometasone furoate, works by controlling the inflammation of the nasal passages that occurs in response to allergens in the air. This reduces swelling and mucus production, providing relief from the symptoms of allergic rhinitis. It also treats nasal polyps, small growths that may appear in the nasal passages alongside hay fever symptoms.
Press the button once to release one dose of Nasonex. The recommended initial dose is two doses for each nostril, once per day. Inhale gently, so as to keep the medicine in the nasal passages rather than the lungs. You should notice your symptoms improving within 12 hours, though it will likely take a few days for Nasonex to reach its full effect.
Yes – it is very common to use both treatments simultaneously. However, do not use multiple steroid nasal sprays at the same time.
Yes – we understand that sometimes you will want your treatment as soon as possible. If ordered before 4pm Monday to Friday, Nasonex is available for next-day delivery.
Yes – as long as you are buying from a website that is a legally operating and regulated pharmacy, it is perfectly safe to buy Nasonex online.
The Independent Pharmacy is an NHS Online Pharmacy based in Bristol and has all the necessary regulation to be able to safely provide convenient access to genuine prescription treatments through our Online Pharmacy and Online Doctor.
All of our hay fever treatments are supplied by the same UK-based wholesalers used by the large high-street chains such as Lloyds and Boots.
There are many advantages to buying allergic rhinitis treatment online, some include:
- It's quick and easy- there is no need to spend time at the doctor or pharmacy.
- Fast delivery- We offer same day dispatch before 4pm and fast delivery to your address of choice with Royal Mail.
- Great prices- we are able to offer very competitive prices and we guarantee to beat any other Online Doctor service.
- A wealth of information - we provide all the information you could need on Nasonex and other allergy treatments, in easy to digest formats, at a time that suits you.
Nasonex is available on the NHS from your GP if you have been diagnosed with breathing problems due to allergies. This is normally where we suggest people start their treatment, to ensure that their condition is properly diagnosed and any possible serious symptoms are addressed.
Many people can find it difficult to fit in time to see their GP or hard to get an appointment at all! It can, therefore, be more convenient to order your treatment online and have it delivered to your home or work address with minimum fuss. We also provide complete support to allow you to get any questions answered by our professional team by phone, email or live chat.