What is Nasonex?
Nasonex is a nasal spray containing the ingredient mometasone furoate which belongs to a group of medicines called corticosteroids used to treat symptoms of hay fever. It helps to reduce inflammation inside the nose, helps you to breathe and reduces symptoms such as sneezing, itchiness and a runny nose.
How to use Nasonex?
Nasonex can be used on a daily basis. The usual dose is two sprays into each nostril once a day.
How to use the nasal spray
Before using Nasonex for the first time, you will need to ‘prime’ the bottle by spraying the pump 10 times until a fine mist is produced.
- Shake the bottle gently and remove the dust cap.
- Gently blow your nose.
- Close one nostril and put the nozzle of the spray bottle into your other nostril. Tilt your head forward and keep the bottle upright.
- Start to breathe in slowly through your nose and pump the spray once whilst breathing in.
- Breathe out through your mouth.
Repeat this step to apply a second dose to the same nostril and two doses to the other nostril.
After using the spray, wipe the nozzle and replace the dust cap.
Cleaning your nasal spray
The spray needs to be cleaned regularly and properly by removing the dust cap and pulling of the nozzle gently. Wash both parts in warm water then rinse under a running tap and allow to dry in a warm place.
Once dried, place the spray back together and re-prime with two sprays in prep for the next use.
Do not try and unblock the nasal applicator by inserting a sharp object inside as this can damage the spray and you may get the incorrect dose of the medicine.
Possible side effects may include:
- Sore nose or throat
- Nose bleeds
- Nose ulcers
For a full list of side effects, please read the patient leaflet provided with the spray.