How to use Nasal Sprays

What are nasal sprays?

Nasal sprays are a solution or suspension of medicine that are sprayed into the nostrils, usually to produce a local effect directly inside the nose.

Some medicines can be administered as nasal sprays to act on other parts of the body. The medicine absorbed into the bloodstream from the lining of the nose, which is rich in blood vessels.

How to use a nasal spray
  1. Shake the nasal spray bottle thoroughly.
  2. Make sure that the canister fits snugly in its holder.
  3. Clear your nostrils of mucus by blowing your nose gently.
  4. Wash your hands with soap and water.
  5. Take the lid off the bottle.
  6. Tilt your head slightly forward.
  7. One of the nostrils are closed by pressing it against the side of your nose.
  8. Insert the tip of the nasal spray into the other nostril and start to breathe in slowly through your nose. While you are still breathing in squirt one spray into the nostril keeping the bottle upright.
  9. Remove the spray from the nostril and breathe out through your mouth.
  10. Tilt your head backwards to allow the spray to drain into the back of the nose.
  11. Repeat step 7 if a second dose is required in the same nostril.
  12. Repeat this procedure for the other nostril if you have been advised to do so by your doctor or pharmacist.
  13. Replace the lid on the bottle.
Other useful advice
  • Some nasal sprays give an unpleasant taste as they drain into the back of the throat. A drink of water or other liquid will help to take this taste away.
  • Do not share nasal sprays with other people.
  • Decongestant nasal sprays should not be used for longer than a week, as this can cause the nasal congestion to come back (rebound congestion).
  • Never use your nasal spray after the expiration date on the bottle. Since your nasal spray is a liquid medication, it is easily contaminated with dirt or bacteria. Use a marking pen to write the date you open your nasal spray on the bottle. This way, you know when to throw it away.
  • Always use the nasal spray according to the printed label or as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Your nasal spray should be cleaned at least once a week, or more frequently if it becomes blocked. Follow the printed instructions supplied with the spray.
  • If you miss a dose of your nasal spray, take the dose as soon as you remember, and then go on as before.
  • Nasal sprays are only intended for use in the nose and must not be taken by mouth.
  • Once you have finished the treatment course, carefully dispose of any leftover nasal spray, or return it to your pharmacist for disposal.
  • Always keep medicines out of the reach of children.
  • If your nose hurts, if you begin to have nosebleeds or if the inside of your nose stings, stop using the spray for one to two days. Sometimes it helps to use an over-the-counter saline nasal spray.
  • If you have nosebleeds, stop using the medicine for a few days and use a saline nasal spray instead. You can also use a cotton swab to spread a thin layer of petroleum jelly inside your nose right after using the saline spray. If the bleeding or irritation continues, talk to your doctor.
  • Store your nasal spray as directed on the bottle. Some nasal sprays need to be kept in the refrigerator. Also, keep your nasal spray away from sunlight.

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