Spring is in the air and that means allergy season! If you’re like thousands of other Americans you’re less than excited about facing the return of seasonal allergy symptoms like itching, sneezing, runny or stuffy nose, or perhaps year-round allergic rhinitis (i.e. hay fever).
The start of allergy season depends on where you live. In the southern United States allergy season can start in January and in other parts of the United States it can start in April or even May. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) more than 50 million Americans experience allergies every year. In fact, allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the United States.
While there may not be a cure for seasonal allergies, there are some medications that may help relieve the discomfort and symptoms of seasonal allergies. Two of these medications are Nasonex® Nasal Spray and the generic equivalent mometasone nasal spray.
Prescription Mometasone Nasal Spray is the generic form of prescription Nasonex® Nasal Spray . The active ingredient is mometasone furoate.
Mometasone furoate is an anti-inflammatory corticosteroid used to treat seasonal and year-round allergies. It works by reducing inflammation and swelling of the nasal passages. In some cases, where acute rhinosinusitis shows signs of possible bacterial infection, Nasonex® may be prescribed as an add-on to antibiotic treatment. It has also been used in the treatment of nasal polyps in adults over the age of 18 years.
Nasonex® Nasal Spray and Mometasone Nasal Spray are both available in 50 mcg sprays, either 140 doses, 280 doses, or 420 doses.
Using a nasal spray is simple. While your nasal spray will come with instructions, here is a basic idea of how to use a nasal spray:
If you have questions about how to use a nasal spray or if you are apprehensive about using it, speak to our pharmacist who will help you understand the instructions and give you some suggestions for making using the spray more comfortable.
Dosage depends on the patient’s medical condition and response to medications. Mometasone does not work immediately upon use, taking anywhere from 2 days to 2 weeks for the medication’s full effect to be felt. With this in mind, it is important to begin taking mometasone before allergy season begins. In some areas where pollen season is particularly bothersome, it may be a good idea to begin taking the medication up to four weeks before allergy season even begins.
Tell your doctor if you are taking any other prescription medications, over the counter medications, supplements or vitamins to make sure they do not interfere with your prescription.
While many people who take this medication will not experience any negative side effects, others may experience nose/throat irritation, dryness, and possible nosebleeds. Always report any negative side effects to your pharmacist as soon as possible.
Seasonal allergies are a truly uncomfortable nuisance that may be unavoidable. However, with medication and certain lifestyle changes, there may be some relief.
If you have questions about these or other medications, please contact our team at Jason’s CanadaDrugstore.com at 1-800-991-0282. One of our pharmacy representatives will be happy to answer your questions.
This article contains medical information provided to help you better understand this particular medical condition or process, and may contain information about medication often used as part of a treatment plan prescribed by a doctor. It is not intended to be used as either a diagnosis or recommendation for treatment of your particular medical situation. If you are unwell, concerned about your physical or mental state, or are experiencing symptoms you should speak with your doctor or primary health care provider. If you are in medical distress please contact emergency services (such as 911).