Generic Name: mometasone furoate monohydrate
Drug Class: corticosteroid
Nasonex is a nasal prescription spray used to treat nasal symptoms of allergic rhinitis. It is also used to treat and prevent nasal congestion due to seasonal allergic rhinitis. It’s also used to treat nasal polyps.
This is available in the form of Nasonex 50 mcg nasal spray.
Nasonex Mechanism of Action
The exact action of this nasal spray is still unknown. However, it is thought to have a wide range of effects on multiple cell types and mediators that are responsible for inflammation. It reduces swelling in nasal passages.
How to Use Nasonex
Before starting to use this medication, it is necessary to read the information leaflet or medication guide given by a healthcare professional. You must not use any medication unless you have understood the uses and directions. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for further medical advice or additional details.
This is usually prescribed once a day for rhinitis and twice a day for nasal polyps. If you are using it for seasonal allergy, it is best to start taking it 2 to 4 weeks prior to pollen season. Make a dosing schedule so you will not miss your doses. Do not increase/decrease your Nasonex dosage or use this spray more frequently than prescribed.
Step-by-step guide on how to use Nasonex:
- Remove the cap of the nasal spray bottle and prime the nasal spray by pushing the shoulder of the applicator down 10 times or until a fine spray appears. Do not spray it on your eyes. (Note: If the product has been unused for a week or more, re-prime it by spraying it two times or until the fine mist appears.)
- Blow your nose and ensure your nostrils are clear.
- Close one of your nostrils by gently pressing it with a finger. Lean your head slightly forward and with the bottle in an upright position, insert the applicator in the other nostril.
- Use your thumb to support or hold the bottom of the bottle. Then, hold the shoulder of the applicator using the middle and index fingers. Push the shoulder fully in a downward motion to release the mist.
- Breath out through your mouth.
- Repeat the procedure in the other nostril.
- After the sprays in each nostril, wipe the nasal spray using tissue and replace the cap.
Nasonex Side Effects
Mild & Common Side Effects:
-Nose and throat dryness
-Nose and throat irritation
-Itchy / watery eyes
-Blood-tinged phlegm or mucus
Severe Side Effects:
-Pain in the nose
-White patches inside the mouth
-Swelling of the feet and ankle
-Increased thirst and urination
Note that this is not a full/complete list of the side effects of Nasonex Nasal Spray.
If you experience severe or persistent adverse reactions, discontinue medication and call your doctor or any healthcare professional to report side effects.
Warnings and Precautions
Do not use Nasonex if you have a known allergy to its active ingredient or any inactive ingredients it may contain. Always be watchful for any serious allergy symptoms, including trouble breathing, swelling of the face and neck, severe dizziness, swollen lymph nodes, hives/itchiness, and skin rashes. If this occurs, stop using this nasal medication and seek emergency medical help immediately.
Nasonex Nasal Spray may be contraindicated for people with a history of infections, nasal conditions, or eye problems. You should also discuss all of your prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, and herbal products with your doctor owing to the possibility of drug interactions.
A weakened defense system can be caused by the use of corticosteroids. This drug can possibly mask signs of infection or make you more likely to get an infection. Do not come in contact with people who have or have recently acquired infections, such as flu, chickenpox, or measles.
If you are pregnant/breastfeeding, you should talk to your doctor about the possible risks of this product and the possible effects on unborn babies and breastfed infants.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What does Nasonex do?
This nasal prescription spray is used to treat nasal symptoms, including runny nose, nasal congestion, and sneezing. It is used for seasonal or allergic rhinitis.
Is Nasonex a steroid or an antihistamine?
This nasal spray is a corticosteroid. It works by reducing the swelling or inflammation in the nasal passages.
How long can you use Nasonex?
You may use this nasal spray for up to six months. However, your length of treatment will depend on the assessment or evaluation made by your doctor.
Should I take Nasonex in the morning or night?
In some cases, Nasonex is prescribed twice daily. You must take it once in the morning and once at night. If it is only prescribed once a day, take it any time, provided that you will follow a dosing schedule.
Is Nasacort the same as Nasonex?
Nasacort vs Nasonex – Both are used to treat rhinitis. However, Nasonex spray can also be used to treat nasal polyps.
Can you buy Nasonex over the counter (OTC)?
This product is a prescription drug. You are required to present a valid prescription when purchasing it from any pharmacy.
How much does Nasonex Nasal Spray cost?
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