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What is Nasonex nasal spray used for?

Nasonex nasal spray is used to treat nasal allergies (allergic rhinitis), such as hayfever. The active ingredient of Nasonex is a corticosteroid called mometasone furoate.

Unlike other allergy treatments, such as antihistamine tablets, Nasonex works directly in the nose to reduce and manage symptoms such as sneezing, itching, a blocked nose or a runny nose.

While you cannot buy Nasonex nasal spray over the counter, you can buy Nasonex online from Prescription Doctor's UK pharmacy. To begin your order, simply complete our short online medical questionnaire for one of our doctors to review.

If your order is approved before 3pm on a weekday, our UK pharmacy will dispense and dispatch your item the same day via a discreet, next-day delivery service.


What is allergic rhinitis?

Allergic rhinitis is an immune response to allergens such as pollen (known as hayfever), pet fur and dander, or dust. To those who are sensitive to these allergens, the presence of these within the nostrils causes cells in the walls of the nostrils to release chemicals called histamines.

These chemicals cause inflammation in the mucous membranes of the nose and eyes, resulting in the symptoms of rhinitis. These symptoms include:

  • Coughing
  • Itchy eyes
  • Itchy nose
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Sore throat
  • Watery eyes

For some people, avoiding their allergic triggers is effective at keeping their symptoms under control. People with hayfever may stay indoors when the pollen count is high, for example. But such precautions may not be possible by everyone.

Allergies can also affect other conditions including asthma, which can cause people with asthma to use their inhalers more frequently. If you feel your allergies to affect other health conditions, speak to your doctor or a pharmacist for advice.

If it is not possible for you to avoid your triggers, and your symptoms are disrupting your sleeping pattern or concentration, Nasonex nasal spray may help you.

If you suffer from rhinitis, but are not sure what triggers your symptoms, speak to your GP about getting an allergy test. This will help to identify possible triggers of your condition so that you can avoid them.

You should speak to your doctor or a pharmacist for advice on taking treatments for allergies, including over-the-counter hayfever treatments.


How does Nasonex work?

Nasonex contains a corticosteroid (steroid) called mometasone furoate.

Mometasone furoate prevents cells in the nose from releasing chemicals which cause inflammation and the symptoms of nasal allergies.

By blocking the inflammatory response in the nose, the symptoms clear up.

Nasonex does not immediately relieve the symptoms of allergic rhinitis. You need to use Nasonex nasal spray regularly for a period of time before you will notice a change in your allergy symptoms.


How to use Nasonex?

The typical dose of Nasonex for an adult is two sprays in each nostril once daily.

You should always take Nasonex as prescribed by your doctor. If you are unsure how to take Nasonex, ask your doctor or a pharmacist.

Before using your Nasonex nasal spray for the first time, you need to prime the bottle.

Priming your Nasonex nasal spray

  1. Shake the spray bottle gently and remove the nozzle cap.
  2. Place your index finger and middle finger on either side of the nozzle, supporting the base of the bottle with your thumb.
  3. Holding the nozzle away from you, depress the pump 10 times until you see a fine mist.

If you have not used your Nasonex nasal spray for more than 14 days, you need to re-prime the bottle by depressing the pump twice until you see a fine mist.

Using your Nasonex nasal spray

  1. Gently shake the bottle and remove the cap from the nozzle.
  2. Blow your nose gently.
  3. Supporting the base of the bottle with your thumb, place your index finger and middle finger on either side of the nozzle.
  4. Close one nostril by pressing the side of your nose with your finger and push the nozzle into the other nostril. Keep the bottle in an upright position.
  5. Begin to gently breathe in and depress the pump. This will spray the medicine into your nose.
  6. Remove the nozzle from your nose and breathe out gently through your mouth.
  7. Repeat steps 3 to 6 for the other nostril.

Once you have administered your medicine, use a clean tissue or handkerchief to clean the nozzle of the bottle and replace the cap.

Further information regarding cleaning and storing your Nasonex nasal spray can be found within the patient information leaflet enclosed with your medicine.

What do I do if I miss a dose of Nasonex?

If you miss a dose of Nasonex, take it as soon as you remember. Continue taking your treatment as you normally would. Do not take more Nasonex to make up for the missed dose.

What should I do if I take too much Nasonex?

If you take more Nasonex than you should, speak to your doctor. Using steroids for long periods, or in large quantities, can affect some of your hormones.


Nasonex side effects and cautions

Before using Nasonex nasal spray, it's important to read the patient information leaflet enclosed with your medicine. The patient information leaflet contains instruction on how to store, use and dispose the medicine safely, as well as important safety information.

You can view the Nasonex patient information leaflet online.

Who should not use Nasonex nasal spray?

Nasonex nasal spray is not suitable for everyone. This may be due to underlying medical conditions or interactions with other medicines.

Before using Nasonex, speak to your doctor if any of the following apply to you:

  • Injury to the nose
  • Nasal infection
  • Recent nasal surgery
  • Sinus infection
  • Tuberculosis

Nasonex nasal spray contains benzalkonium chloride which may cause nasal irritation.

Nasonex side effects

All medicines carry the risk of side effects, though not everybody will get them. It's important to understand the risks associated with taking Nasonex.

Common side effects of Nasonex nasal spray may include:

  • Nosebleeds
  • Headache
  • Nasal ulcers
  • Respiratory tract infections
  • Sneezing
  • Sore nose and throat

This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. Further information regarding the safety of Nasonex nasal spray, including a complete list of side effects associated with the medication, can be found inside the patient information leaflet enclosed with your treatment.

If you experience any of the side effects listed above, speak to your doctor or pharmacist, who may be able to offer advice on treating side effects.

What should I do if I experience an allergic reaction?

Do not take Nasonex if you are allergic to mometasone furoate or any of the other ingredients listed in the patient information leaflet.

If you experience an allergic reaction after using Nasonex nasal spray, stop using the medicine and seek immediate medical attention by going straight to the nearest accident and emergency department. Remember to take the packaging leaflet and any remaining medicine

Signs of an allergic reaction to Nasonex may include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Hives
  • Swollen face
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Wheezing

Can I take Nasonex while pregnant or breastfeeding?

If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, think you might be pregnant or trying for a baby, speak to your doctor before using Nasonex to ensure the treatment is safe for you to use.

Other safety information

If you have any questions or concerns about Nasonex nasal spray or your allergies, one of our online prescribers or pharmacists can help.

Do not use Nasonex past the expiry date printed on the packaging. The date typically refers to the last day of the specified month.

Never throw away medicine via household or water waste as this can damage the environment. Take any unwanted or expired medicine to your local pharmacy and ask them to dispose of it safely on your behalf.

Do not store the bottle above 25°C.

Always store medicine away from the sight and reach of children.

Never share your medicine with anybody else, even if they have been diagnosed with the same condition or are experiencing the same symptoms as you.


Frequently asked questions about Nasonex

Will Nasonex affect my ability to drive or operate machinery?

It is not known whether Nasonex has an effect on the ability to drive or operate machinery.

If you feel dizzy or tired after using Nasonex, it is recommended to avoid driving or operating machinery until you feel well enough to do so.

Can I take Nasonex with other medicines?

Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, including prescribed, over-the-counter and herbal medicines. Interactions between medicines can cause undesired effects such as reducing the efficacy of the medicine or exacerbating

Your doctor may advise you to cease other corticosteroid treatment while taking Nasonex.

If you are taking medicines for HIV, such as ritonavir or cobistat, your doctor may wish to carefully monitor you while taking Nasonex.

Is it safe to use Nasonex long term?

Nasonex nasal spray is safe for long-term use. It's important to always follow the doctors prescription.

What is the difference between Nasonex and Nasacort?

Nasonex and Nasacort nasal spray contain different corticosteroids.

Nasonex contains mometasone furoate while Nasacort contains triamcinolone acetonide.

Your doctor will be able to determine which nasal spray is most suitable for you.


Table of contents

What is Nasonex?

How does Nasonex work?

How to use Nasonex?

Side effects and cautions

Frequently asked questions

Treatment information

  • Product Name: Nasonex
  • Manufacturer: Merck Sharp & Dohme
  • Active Ingredient(s): Mometasone
  • Administration: Intranasal
  • Presentation: Aqueous suspension
  • Available Strength: 50mcg (per spray)
  • Exemption: Prescription Only
  • Application: Adults with allergic rhinitis
  • Dosage: Two sprays in each nostril daily.
  • Description: A nasal spray to prevent symptoms of allergic rhinitis
  • Drug Class: Corticosteroid
  • Alcohol Consumption: No influence
  • When Pregnant: Inform our prescriber if you are pregnant or intend on becoming pregnant.
  • When Breastfeeding: Inform our prescriber if you are breastfeeding.
Click here to view the Nasonex - Patient Information Leaflet

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