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Steroid Nasal Sprays

Examples of prescription steroid nasal sprays include Beconase, Dymista, Flonase, Nasacort, Nasarel, Nasonex, Rhinocort, Vancenase, Qnasl, Zetonna, and Veramyst. One spray, Nasacort Allergy 24HR, is available over the counter. 

  • How steroid nasal sprays work: These drugs decrease inflammation within the nasal passages, thereby relieving nasal symptoms.
  • Who should not use these medications: Individuals who are allergic to any components of these nasal sprays should not use them.
  • Use: Gently shake the container. Blow the nose to clear the nostrils. Close (pinch) one nostril, and insert nasal applicator into the other nostril. Inhale through the nose and press on the applicator to release the spray. Apply the prescribed number of sprays and repeat with the other nostril.

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Reviewed by Michael W. Smith, MD on October 16, 2007
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