This medication is more effective when used before your symptoms begin and at the start of the allergy season. If possible, start this medication 1 week before your usual seasonal allergy symptoms occur.
When used for preventing allergic symptoms, the usual recommended starting dose for adults and children over 5 years old is 1 spray into each nostril 6 times daily. When your symptoms are under control, the dose should be decreased to 1 spray into each nostril 2 to 3 times per day (every 8 to 12 hours). If you do not get symptom relief after 7 days of starting treatment, contact your doctor.
Continue treatment throughout the allergy season, even if you are free of symptoms, to help maintain relief.
To use the nose spray, remove the dust cap from the pump and remove the security clip from around the neck of the pump. To prime the pump, press downward on the shoulders of the applicator, using your forefinger and middle finger while supporting the base of the bottle with your thumb. Press down and release the pump until a fine spray appears. Holding the bottle upright, insert the tip into your nostril and press the bottle fully upwards with your thumb, then release. Repeat the procedure for your other nostril. Wipe the nosepiece after each use to prevent contamination. Replace the dust case and security clip after using.
Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are using the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to use this medication exactly as recommended by your doctor or pharmacist. If you miss a dose, administer it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not administer a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light, and keep it out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.