What is Nasonex?Nasonex nasal spray prevents and relieves the runny, stuffy nose that accompanies hay fever and year-round allergies. It contains a steroid medication that fights inflammation. Nasonex is also used to treat a condition called nasal polyps (non-cancerous growth in the nose).
What is the most important information I should know about Nasonex?Nasonex does not provide immediate relief; it is a long-term treatment for allergies. To be effective, it must be used regularly once a day. It starts working within 2 days after the first dose, but takes 1-2 weeks to yield its maximum benefits. If you suffer from hay fever, you should begin taking it 2-4 weeks before the start of pollen season.
If you use excessive amounts of Nasonex, you may experience side effects such as acne, water retention, or menstrual irregularities. If you notice any of these symptoms, contact your doctor right away.
You may be more prone to getting infections when using Nasonex. Report any new or existing infections to your doctor immediately. Use caution with this drug if you have tuberculosis (a bacterial infection that affects the lungs), and any type of infection caused by bacteria, fungi, or viruses.
Who should not take Nasonex?You should not use Nasonex if you are sensitive or allergic to any of its ingredients.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Nasonex?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Nasonex. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have tuberculosis, any other type of infection, eye or vision problems, nasal ulcerations, surgery, have been exposed to chickenpox or measles, are not feeling well, or have any other medical conditions.
What is the usual dosage?The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.
Adults and children ≥12 years: The usual dose is 2 sprays in each nostril once a day.
Children 2-11 years: The usual dose is 1 spray in each nostril once a day.
Adults ≥18 years: The usual dose is 2 sprays in each nostril twice a day; however, 2 sprays in each nostril once a day is also effective in some patients.
How should I take Nasonex?Take Nasonex regularly at the same time each day. Do not use more than the prescribed amount, and do not take it more than once a day.
Shake the bottle thoroughly before each use. Before the first use, prime the pump by pressing it repeatedly until a fine mist appears. If more than a week passes between uses, you will need to prime the pump again. Avoid spraying the mist into your eyes.
To administer the spray, gently blow your nose to clear your nostrils. Press one nostril closed, tilt your head slightly forward, and insert the nasal applicator into the other nostril.
For each spray, press once on the shoulders of the applicator with your forefinger and middle finger, while supporting the base of the bottle with your thumb. Do not spray directly into the wall separating your two nostrils. Breathe inward through the nostril, then breathe outward through your mouth.
Repeat in the other nostril. Wipe the nasal applicator with a clean tissue and replace the plastic cap.
Discard the bottle after 120 sprays. Any medication remaining in it will not be dispensed at the correct dosage.
What should I avoid while taking Nasonex?Avoid exposure to anyone who has chickenpox or measles. Avoid using more than the recommended dose of Nasonex.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Nasonex?No significant interactions have been reported with Nasonex at this time. However, always tell your doctor about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter drugs, supplements, and herbal medicines.
What are the possible side effects of Nasonex?Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.
Side effects may include: fungal infections, slow wound healing, slowed growth in children, cough, flu-like symptoms, headache, muscle and bone pain, nosebleeds, painful menstruation, sinus inflammation, sore throat, upper respiratory tract infection, viral infection
Can I receive Nasonex if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?The effects of Nasonex during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Nasonex?If you miss a dose of Nasonex, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.
How should I store Nasonex?Store at room temperature.
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