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Medication information

Natesto 4.5% nasal gel

This medication is typically used for hormonal problems. It requires a few weeks to take effect.

Instructions

This product is to be applied into the nostrils. To use:

  • blow your nose to clear your nostrils;
  • advance the tip into a nostril;
  • tilt the actuator so the tip touches the inside wall of your nostril;
  • slowly push down on the pump until it stops;
  • remove from nose while wiping tip to transfer gel to the inside wall of your nostril;
  • repeat the operation for the other nostril;
  • press on the nostrils at a point just below the bridge of the nose and lightly massage;
  • avoid blowing your nose for 1 hour after your dose.


For more information, consult the manufacturer's literature.

This medication is typically used twice a day. However, your doctor or pharmacist may have suggested a different schedule that is more appropriate for you. Apply it regularly and continuously to maintain its beneficial effect.

Important: Follow the instructions on the label. Do not use more of this product, or more often, than prescribed. If you forget a dose, simply skip it and then apply the next dose at the regularly scheduled time. Do not double the next dose to catch up.

Side effects

In addition to its desired action, this medication may cause some side effects, notably:

  • it may cause headaches;
  • it may alter your sense of taste;
  • it may increase your blood pressure;
  • it may cause nasal dryness;
  • it may cause nasal discharge;
  • it may cause nosebleeds.

Each person may react differently to a treatment. If you think this medication may be causing side effects (including those described here, or others), talk to your doctor or pharmacist. He or she can help you to determine whether or not the medication is the source of the problem.

Storage

As with most medications, this product should be stored at room temperature. Store it in a secure location where it will not be exposed to excessive heat, moisture or direct sunlight. Make sure that any leftover portion is disposed of safely.

Additional Information

Children and pregnant women must avoid direct contact with a zone of application not washed or not covered with a garment.

A treatment with this medication requires regular monitoring by a doctor. Be sure to see your doctor for all regularly scheduled appointments.

Pregnant women should not use this product. If you're planning a pregnancy or become pregnant, contact your family doctor. Pregnant contacts should also be protected from exposure to the medication.

General notes

When meeting with any health professional, it is important for you to share the following information:

  • Your medical history and allergies (medication, food, or other);
  • If you smoke, are pregnant, are planning a pregnancy, or are breastfeeding;
  • The names of all the medications you take, whether you take them regularly or once in a while, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and natural health products.


It is also strongly recommended that you keep an up-to-date list of all the medications you take and carry it with you at all times. This could be useful if you have to see a health professional or need emergency care.

Keep all your medications out of the reach of children and pets and return any unused or expired medications to the pharmacy for proper disposal.