Product Description

Nasonex spray containing the corticosteroid Mometasone Furoate is intended for use in the nose. Regular daily use of a steroid nasal spray like Nasonex can help with reducing inflammation in the sinuses and nasal passages which can be triggered by airborne allergens like pollen.

Contrary to popular belief hay fever is not just a condition of the summer. There are hay fever seasons for different types of plants, and in those susceptible allergies can persist all year. This is known as perennial rhinitis and during winter months allergies can be triggered by mould spores and dust mites.

Typical symptoms of hay fever and perennial allergic rhinitis include:

  • sneezing
  • coughing
  • runny or blocked nose
  • pressure around the forehead and cheekbones
  • loss of smell
  • fatigue
  • earache
  • headache

 

Directions

The usual dose of Nasonex is two sprays into each nostril once daily. Once your symptoms are under control the dose should be reduced to one spray in each nostril daily. Whilst suitable for regular daily use it is advisable to discontinue this medicine periodically, especially if your rhinitis is seasonal.

Symptoms should start improving within a few days but the real benefits obtained from Nasonex only occur if the medicine is used every day to prevent symptoms rather than treat them.

Preparing your nasal spray for use:

Your Nasonex Nasal Spray has a dust cap which protects the nozzle and keeps it clean. Remember to take this off before using the spray and to replace it after use. If you are using the spray for the first time you need to ‘prime’ the bottle by pumping the spray 10 times until a fine mist is produced.

  • Gently shake the bottle.
  • Put your forefinger and middle finger on either side of the nozzle and your thumb underneath the bottle. Do Not pierce the nasal applicator.
  • Point the nozzle away from you and then press down with your fingers to pump the spray 10 times until a fine mist is produced.
  • If you have not used the spray for 14 days or more, you need to “re-prime” the bottle by pumping the spray 2 times until a fine mist is produced.

Using your nasal spray:

  • Shake the bottle gently and remove the dust cap.
  • Gently blow your nose.
  • Close one nostril and put the nozzle into the other nostril as shown. Tilt your head forward slightly, keeping the bottle upright.
  • Start to breathe in gently or slowly through your nose and whilst you are breathing in squirt a spray of fine mist into your nose by pressing down ONCE with your fingers.
  • Breathe out through your mouth. Repeat step 4 to inhale a second spray in the same nostril if applicable.
  • Remove the nozzle from this nostril and breathe out through the mouth.
  • Repeat steps 3 to 6 for the other nostril. After using the spray, wipe the nozzle carefully with a clean handkerchief or tissue and replace the dust cap.

Ingredients

Active Ingredients: Each metered spray of Nasonex contains 50mcg of Mometasone Furoate

Inactive Ingredients: dispersible cellulose, glycerol, sodium citrate, citric acid monohydrate, polysorbate 80, benzalkonium chloride, purified water

 

This list is not exhaustive and brands will vary with a generic version of this medicine so please refer to the product leaflet for further information and advise our team of any allergies or intolerances before purchase.

Side Effects

What side effects could I expect?

This steroid nasal spray is generally well tolerated but the following side effects tend to be the most common affecting around 1 in 10 individuals:

  • Headache
  • Sneezing
  • Nose bleeds
  • Sore nose or throat
  • ulcer in the nose
  • Respiratory tract infection

Some side effects can be more severe:

Allergic reactions may occur after use of this product. These reactions may be severe. You should stop taking Nasonex and get immediate medical help if you experience symptoms:

  • swollen face, tongue or pharynx
  • trouble swallowing
  • hives
  • wheezing or trouble breathing

When corticosteroid nasal sprays are used at high doses for long periods of time, side effects may occur
due to the drug being absorbed in the body.  Always use the lowest effective dose and periodically stop using the medicine to see if symptoms return.  

This list is not exhaustive and for less common side effects please refer to the patient information leaflet.

Warnings

Who should not use Nasonex Nasal Spray?

This medicine should not be used by the following groups of patients without first seeking medical advice from your GP or our Pharmacist:

  • Those under 18 years of age, please visit your GP for advice
  • If you are allergic to any of the ingredients
  • Have an untreated infection in your nose
  • If you have recently had your nose operated on. You should wait until your nose has healed
  • Nasonex is not suitable if you use any of the following medicines or groups of medicines without first speaking with your GP or Pharmacist for advice:

Use with other medicines

Using other steroids at the same time can cause problems. Please do not use Nasonex (mometasone) at the same time as other steroids - these may be oral or injectable steroids.  The effects of these medicines are addictive and abrupt withdrawal can cause problems like muscle aches, depression and joint weakness.  You may also develop more allergy-type symptoms as a result of the withdrawal, allergies you had previously not suffered.  If this occurs please see your GP immediately.  

If you have any questions about how this product may interact with your current medicines or conditions please contact us and one of our pharmacists will be more than happy to help.

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

This medicine is NOT suitable for patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding as the manufacturer advises avoidance due to a lack of safety data. Please speak with your pharmacist or GP for further information if you are suffering from hay fever and are pregnant/breastfeeding.

 

Patient Information Leaflet

Please follow the link to view the patient information leaflet

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I buy Nasonex over the counter?

This medicine is not available to buy over the counter because it is prescription only. But don’t worry, because at Travelpharm we employ experienced non-medical prescribers registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council to prescribe Nasonex for you. Simply fill out the questionnaire carefully when checking out and one of prescribers will check your suitability prior to despatch.

Can I use Nasonex if I am Pregnant or Breastfeeding?

This medicine is NOT suitable for patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding as the manufacturer advises avoidance due to a lack of safety data. Please speak with your pharmacist or GP for further information if you are suffering from hay fever and are pregnant/breastfeeding.

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