Steroid Nasal Sprays

Nasal steroid sprays are available over the counter or by prescription.  They are often the first treatment recommended for nasal allergies.

FlonaseNasacort, and Rhinocort are available over the counter. Examples of prescription steroid nasal sprays include Beconase, Dymista, Nasarel, Nasonex, Qnasl, Vancenase, Veramyst, and Zetonna.

  • 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.


WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson, MD on /2, 16



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