HOW TO USE INTRANASAL SPRAYS:

To get the best results with intranasal spray, you should use it regularly every day, because its effectiveness depends on regular use.

Follow the instructions below on the proper use of intranasal sprays.

Before using:

  1. Shake the bottle gently and then remove the dust cover (Figure 1).


    (Figure 1)

  2. It is necessary to prime the pump into the air the first time it is used, or when you have not used it for a week or more. To prime the pump, hold the bottle as shown, with the nasal applicator pointing away from you and with your forefinger and middle finger on either side of the nasal applicator and your thumb underneath the bottle. When you prime the pump for the first time, press down and release the pump six times (Figure 2).


    (Figure 2)

    The pump is now ready for use. If the pump is not used in 7 days, prime until a fine spray appears.

    Using the spray

  3. Blow your nose to clear your nostrils.
  4. Close one nostril. Tilt your head forward slightly and, keeping the bottle upright, carefully insert the nasal applicator into the other nostril (Figure 3). AIM AWAY FROM THE MIDLINE (toward the area between your nose and ears).


    (Figure 3)

  5. Start to breathe in through your nose, and WHILE BREATHING IN, press firmly down once on the applicator to release the spray. To get a full actuation, use your forefinger and middle finger to spray while supporting the base of the bottle with your thumb. Avoid spraying in eyes. Breathe gently inward through the nostril (Figure 4).


    (Figure 4)

  6. Breathe out through your mouth.
  7. If a second spray is required in that nostril, repeat steps 4 through 6.
  8. Repeat steps 4 through 7 in the other nostril.
  9. Wipe the nasal applicator with a clean tissue and replace the dust cover (Figure 5).


    (Figure 5)

  10. Do not use this bottle for more than the labeled number of sprays, even if the bottle is not completely empty. Before you throw the bottle away, you should consult your doctor to see if a refill is needed. Do not take extra doses or stop taking without consulting your doctor.

Cleaning:

Your nasal spray applicator should be cleaned once a week. To do this:

  1. Remove the dust cover and then gently pull upward to free the nasal applicator.
  2. Wash the applicator and dust cover under warm tap water. Allow to dry at room temperature, then place the applicator and dust cover back on the bottle.
  3. If the nasal applicator becomes blocked, it can be removed as above and left to soak in warm water. Rinse with cold tap water, dry, and refit.