How to use nasal spray

Preparing

  1. Gently blow your nose to clear your nasal passages.
  2. Wash your hands with soap and water and then dry them with a clean towel or paper towel. If soap and water aren’t available, use hand sanitizer instead.
  3. If directed by the product label or by your doctor or pharmacist, shake the nasal spray bottle gently.

Using a nasal spray

  1. Close the nostril that is not receiving the medication. Do this by gently pressing on that side of your nose.
  2. Gently insert the bottle tip into the other nostril.
  3. Breathe in deeply through that nostril as you squeeze the bottle. Remove the bottle and sniff once or twice.
  4. Repeat if directed. Wait at least 10 seconds between sprays.
  5. If directed, repeat steps 1–4 for the other nostril.

Using a pump nasal spray

  1. Hold the bottle with your index and middle fingers on each side of the bottle and your thumb on the bottom of the bottle.
  2. Prime the bottle. This is typically done by spraying the product one or more times into the air or into a tissue. See the product label for specific instructions.
  3. Tilt your head slightly forward.
  4. Close the nostril that is not receiving the medication. Do this by gently pressing on that side of your nose.
  5. Insert the tip of the bottle into the nostril. It is important to administer the spray the correct way:

Note: Intranasal steroids (e.g. Fluticason, Nasacort, Beclometason): Aim the spray upward and toward the outer wall of the nostril. If you find this difficult, try using your right hand to spray the left nostril and your left hand to spray the right nostril

  1. Breathe in deeply through that nostril as you press down on the pump with your index and middle fingers. Remove the bottle and sniff once or twice. Repeat if directed. Wait at least 10 seconds between sprays.
  2. If directed, repeat steps 3–6 for the other nostril.

Finishing up

  1. Put the cap back on the bottle.
  2. Wait a few minutes to blow your nose after using the nasal spray.
  3. Wash your hands to remove any medication

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