What is Nasonex?
Nasonex is an anti-inflammatory nasal spray. It contains the active ingredient mometasone, which is a type of medicine known as a corticosteroid (adrenal cortex hormone). Nasonex nasal spray reduces symptoms which are the result of inflammation in the nasal passages such as a blocked or runny nose, sneezing and itching.
What is Nasonex used for?
Nasonex is used to treat patients with rhinitis, a condition where the inside of the nose is (chronically) inflamed. Rhinitis can be caused by:
- Allergies such as dust mite allergies or pet allergies;
- Hay fever (allergy to pollen).
Nasonex reduces inflammation and relieves symptoms such as repeated sneezing, nasal congestion or a runny nose. It is sometimes also used to treat nasal polyps in adults.
How to use Nasonex
Nasonex nasal spray is used in the following way:
- Shake the spray bottle before use;
- Blow your nose thoroughly before using the spray;
- Release one spray in each nostril. It is important that you don’t spray directly onto the wall between your two nostrils;
- Breathe in through your nose so that the spray reaches the nasal cavities better;
- Then clean the tip with a tissue and replace the cap.
It may take several days to weeks for the benefits of Nasonex to appear. It is important that you take Nasonex regularly as recommended by your doctor, since its effectiveness depends on regular use. For more information on Nasonex nasal spray, see the package leaflet.
Unless otherwise advised by a doctor, the usual dose is:
- Adults and children aged 12 years and above: two inhalations in each nostril once a day. Once the symptoms improve, you may choose to switch with your doctor’s approval to a maintenance dose of one inhalation a day.
- Children aged 6 to 12 years: one inhalation in each nostril once a day.
The duration of treatment should be determined by a doctor. Nasonex is not suitable for children under six years of age. Read the package leaflet before use.
Nasonex nasal spray may cause side effects such as:
- Irritation of the mouth and/or throat directly after use;
- Growth suppression in children (only if used long term).
Consult a doctor if these or other side effects are severe. For more information on Nasonex, see the package leaflet.
When not to use Nasonex
Nasonex is not suitable for everyone and should not be used if:
- You are allergic to mometasone or any other ingredient in this medicine;
- You have an infection in the nasal passages or have recently had nasal surgery, in which case you should wait until the nose has healed before using Nasonex.
Before you take Nasonex, tell your doctor if you have or have been near someone with chicken pox or measles. For more information on contraindications, see the package leaflet.
Do not use Nasonex if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, unless otherwise advised by your doctor.
Nasonex does not interact with alcohol or impair your ability to drive safely.