Effects of Nasonex
Nasonex has been evaluated in several different studies for treating nasal allergies
. In these studies, the medication helped reduce runny nose, nasal stuffiness, itching, and sneezing. In some cases, it began working as quickly as within 11 hours of the first dose. Studies have also shown that Nasonex is effective at preventing nasal allergy symptoms
when the medication is started two to four weeks before an anticipated allergy season.
Nasonex has also been studied for treating nasal polyps. In two studies, the medication was shown to help decrease nasal congestion and the severity of the polyps.
When and How to Take It
Some general considerations for when and how to take Nasonex include the following:
- The medication comes in nasal spray form. It is usually taken once or twice a day, depending on whether it is used to treat allergies or polyps.
- Be sure to shake your bottle well before each use.
- Blow your nose before each Nasonex dose. Breathe in gently while spraying the drug into your nose. Do not try to inhale the spray or breathe in too deeply, as Nasonex works when in comes into contact with the inside surfaces of the nose, not the throat or lungs.
- Avoid aiming the spray toward the wall that separates your nostrils (in the middle of your nose, called the nasal septum). Spraying Nasonex toward the nasal septum increases the risk of nosebleeds. Some people find it easiest to avoid this by holding the bottle in the opposite hand (using the right hand to spray into the left nostril, and vice versa).
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Nasonex will not work if you stop taking it.