Whether you're suffering from allergies or a cold or a chronic condition such as migraines, you may have more than one option for how your medication is administered. One increasingly common option is nasal sprays. This medication format is commonly used to relieve nasal congestion from colds or allergies or to treat migraine headaches. But there are also nasal sprays for osteoporosis and diabetes insipidus, and formulations are in the works for other conditions.
Nasal sprays deliver their medication by being absorbed through the nasal mucous membrane, the moist tissue that lines the nasal cavity. This tissue is rich in blood supply, so medications are absorbed into your body quickly.
Nasal sprays may also be a good option if you have difficulty swallowing pills, if your condition is accompanied by vomiting, or if you have a condition that requires you to take your medication without notice, in places where you may not have access to a glass of water.
Aside from the side effects that may be associated with the medication you are taking, nasal sprays are also sometimes associated with an unpleasant taste or irritation in the nose or throat. Some people also find the smell of some nasal sprays to be unpleasant or experience a "dripping" feeling at the back of the throats. These potential drawbacks can be offset by the fast action of nasal sprays. The important thing is to discuss your issues with your doctor or pharmacist because they can help you manage these effects and find the treatment that is right for you.
As with other medication forms, you should use nasal sprays only as directed.
When making a decision about treatment form, it's important to weigh the pros and cons as they apply to you, your condition and your life. But your doctor can help to make that decision.
If you're interested in learning more about nasal sprays, make an appointment with your doctor and ask them whether a nasal spray is right for you.
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