Using Your Nasal Spray

Nasal inhaler sprays are often used by people with allergic rhinitis (also known as hay fever) to take their intranasal corticosteroids.

Corticosteroid nasal sprays:

  • are effective medicines for managing allergic rhinitis (hay fever)
  • have a good safety profile and can be used every day long term
  • are intended for everyday use.

Using your nasal inhaler spray properly is important. With the right technique you can be sure that the medicine is getting where it needs to, and you can reduce the chance of experiencing side-effects like nosebleeds.

These film clips have been made to show you how to use your nasal inhaler spray properly.

In each short clip, an asthma and respiratory educator demonstrates the correct use of one nasal inhaler spray.

Types of nasal inhaler sprays

These film clips demonstrate some of the common types of devices prescribed in Australia for intranasal corticosteroid sprays.

The full range of intranasal corticosteroid sprays includes: beclomethasone dipropionate (Beconase); budesonide (Budamax, Rhinocort); fluticasone furoate (Avamys); mometasone furoate (Nasonex); and triamcinolone acetonide (Telnase).

Avamys

View video and instructions

Nasonex

View video and instructions

Rhinocort

View video and instructions

 

Common errors to avoid

  • Forgetting to prime the inhaler spray device before using it for the first time or if you haven't used it for a while
  • Skipping doses
  • Holding your head in the wrong position (should be tilted forward, not back)
  • Pushing the nozzle too hard or far into your nose
  • Blowing your nose hard after spraying (the medicine is lost)
  • Sniffing hard after spraying (the medicine ends up in your throat instead of your nose)
  • Using saline sprays or irrigations after using the medicine, instead of before

 

Getting the most out of your nasal inhaler spray

Ask your doctor, pharmacist or asthma & respiratory educator to:

  • Explain how your nasal inhaler spray should be used
  • Check you are using your nasal inhaler spray properly
  • Explain how to clean your nasal inhaler spray.

 

Resource for Health Professionals

Intranasal corticosteroid spray technique: Information paper for health professionals

This information paper provides an overview of current evidence for optimal technique when administering intranasal corticosteroid sprays, which are used in the long-term management of allergic rhinitis.

 

Acknowledgements

Thanks to Ms Marg Gordon, asthma & respiratory educator, and the patient who participated in the film clips.

Development of these film clips and information paper was supported by unconditional educational grants from AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline Australia and MSD (Australia).

National Asthma Council Australia retained editorial control.

© 2010