Basic Information on Omnaris
Omnaris has been evaluated in several different studies for treating nasal allergies. In these studies, the drug helped reduce nasal allergy symptoms, including runny nose, nasal congestion, nasal itching, and sneezing. It is often thought that nasal steroids take longer to start working, compared to other allergy medications. However, studies have shown that improvements in nasal symptoms usually occur within 1 to 10 days of starting Omnaris (although the symptoms usually continued to improve further over the next few weeks as well).
General considerations for when and how to take Omnaris include the following:
- The medication comes in the form of a nasal spray. It is usually taken just once a day.
- Be sure to shake your Omnaris bottle well before each use. Before the first use, you must prime the pump by pressing it eight times. If you have not used the bottle in the past four days, you should prime it again by pressing down once (or until a fine mist appears).
- Blow your nose before each Omnaris dose. Breathe in gently while spraying the medicine into your nose. Do not try to inhale the spray or breathe in too deeply, as the drug works when it comes in 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 Omnaris 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).
- Discard your bottle of Omnaris after 120 sprays (or within four months of removing it from its foil pouch, whichever comes first). Even though it may keep spraying after 120 sprays, it does not provide the full dose.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Omnaris will not work if you stop taking it.