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How to Use Flonase Nasal Spray

Updated on December 31, 2016
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Flonase® Bottle

Picture of the brand name Flonase® bottle
Picture of the brand name Flonase® bottle | Source


Flonase® is the brand name of the steroid nasal spray known as fluticasone, which is used to treat congestion or symptoms of season allergies such as runny nose, itchiness or inflammation of the nasal passages. The medication may also be used to treat other medical conditions so please check with your doctor or pharmacist to see why you are being prescribed Flonase®. You may notice that your medication label may say Fluticasone, which is the generic of Flonase® and is what most insurances pay for.

How to Hold the Bottle

Side view of how to hold the spray bottle
Side view of how to hold the spray bottle | Source
How to hold the spray bottle front view
How to hold the spray bottle front view | Source

How to Prime the Spray

Spray bottles have to be primed if it is the first time you are using that bottle or have not used the medication for the past 7 days. Priming bottle means that you are squeezing the bottle tip to ensure a steady stream of spray is delivered from the bottle before you spray it into your nostrils. This will eliminate air bubbles or let you see if any obstructions exist in the spray tip before you use it.

Instructions for priming the bottle is as follows:

  1. Shake the bottle gently then remove the cap (or cover) on the bottle.
  2. Place your finger on both sides of the spray tip and your thumb on the bottom of the bottle (see picture)
  3. Point the spray tip away from you or the eyes of anyone else around you.
  4. Press down 6 times to until a steady fine mist comes out of the bottle.
  5. The bottle is now primed. You are ready to use the medicine.

What to NOT do

Do not do this as this is the wrong method
Do not do this as this is the wrong method | Source

Preparing for Spray

Before you spray the medicine, if you are feeling congested or have mucus in your nostrils, gently blow your nostrils. This will enable the spray to reach your mucus membranes in the nose instead of being lost with your mucus. A good idea is to wipe the spray tip with a clean tissue before and after using it to make sure its clean. it is never a good idea to share your medication with others. Quick tips include:

  • Blow your nose, wash your hands and wipe the bottle tip
  • Uncap your spray bottle and hold the bottle as shown in the pictures above
  • Keep the bottle upright (no need to tilt your head or tilt the bottle in any angle)

The spray is a very fine mist so you might not feel it. Do not use more sprays than as directed by your doctor or pharmacist - as using extra sprays result in side effects. Thus, it is important that you follow the priming instructions carefully the first name to ensure you get the right dose.

How to Use Your Spray

How to use the spray

After you have primed your bottle and prepared to take the medicine, you are ready to go. Follow these instructions for each nostrils:

  1. Put the spray tip into one of the nostrils (do not tilt your head, keep the bottle upright and keep your head at a normal level, slightly bend forward)
  2. Close the other nostril with your hand
  3. Breathe in through the nostril with the spray tip in it.
  4. As you breathe in, press down firmly on the spray tip to release a fine mist into your nose.
  5. Breathe out through your mouth.

Note: If you need to do another spray, follow step 3 to 5 again for the same nose. When you are ready to do the other nostril, follow steps 1 to 5 again.

When you are done using the medication, clean the spray tip with a clean tissue and cap it.

Special Instructions

Make sure you clean your bottle spray tip at least once a week. To clean it, follow these directions:

  1. Take off the cover and pull the spray tip slowly to remove it from the bottle.
  2. Wash the spray tip and cover in warm water.
  3. Let it air dry and put it back on the bottle. Then cap the bottle again.

It is important to store the bottle properly. Avoid spraying this medicine in the eyes and do not let children play with it. Keep it away from their reach. It is best to store this in the bedroom, and not in a bathroom medicine cabinet. Store between 4° and 30°C (39° and 86°F), which is the room temperature. Do not use this medication after it is expired, check the dates on the bottle before using the medicine.

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is about time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and take your next dose. Do not take extra doses to "make up" for the skipped dose. Do not take more than 2 sprays in each nostrils unless directed to do so by your doctor or pharmacist.

Talk with your pharmacist or doctor before using this medication if you are pregnant. This drug is officially pregnancy category "C", meaning that there are no human data studies conducted for this drug in pregnant patients. Use only if the benefits outweigh the risks. Be careful if you are breastfeeding as this drug may be in the breast milk, however no reliable data exists.


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  • Eiddwen profile image


    6 years ago from Wales

    I use a nasal spray and it is a little tricky to use until we get the hang of it so I am sure this will benefit many.

    Thanks for sharing.



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