How to Use Nasal Spray

Nasal spray (or nose spray) is a mechanism that instills a fine mist into the nostril using a hand-operated pump mechanism. Nasal sprays come in many forms. Some examples of medicated nasal sprays include:

Beconase pockethaler, Beconase AQ, Nasalcrom, Nasalide, Nasacort, Nasacort AQ, Vancenase pockethaler, Vancenase AQ double strength, Atrovent 0.03% and Atrovent 0.06%, Rhinocort, Flonase, Nasarel, and Astelin.

  1. Your nose needs to be clear. To cleanse your nose, gently blow your nose. You may need to nasal wash with saline.
  2. Shake the bottle.
  3. Remove top from pump unit and prime the bottle (needed with Nasalide, Nasalcrom, Nasarel and the AQ’s)
  4. Bend your head forward and place the tip of your pump unit into your nostril. For the first spray, aim up and as far back as possible. For the second spray aim outward towards the eye.
  5. After you have sprayed the pump, gently inhale through your nose, and then hold your breath for 8 seconds.
  6. Some of these medications may cause brief burning or stinging.
  7. Keep the lid on you spray bottle. Replace safety clip after each use on brands that include one.

For a video demonstration of how to use nasal spray, please watch the video below.

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