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Nasal Corticosteroid Sprays for Snoring


Generic NameBrand Name
beclomethasoneBeconase, Rhinocort, Flonase, Veramyst, Nasonex, Nasacort
budesonideBeconase, Rhinocort, Flonase, Veramyst, Nasonex, Nasacort
flunisolideBeconase, Rhinocort, Flonase, Veramyst, Nasonex, Nasacort
fluticasoneBeconase, Rhinocort, Flonase, Veramyst, Nasonex, Nasacort
mometasoneBeconase, Rhinocort, Flonase, Veramyst, Nasonex, Nasacort
triamcinoloneBeconase, Rhinocort, Flonase, Veramyst, Nasonex, Nasacort

These medicines require a prescription from your doctor.

How It Works

Nasal corticosteroid sprays reduce inflammation in the nose. This may help reduce congestion that leads to snoring.

Why It Is Used

Nasal corticosteroid sprays are used when congestion is the cause of snoring and other treatment has not relieved the congestion.

How Well It Works

Nasal corticosteroid sprays effectively decrease congestion, so they may reduce snoring.

Side Effects

All medicines have side effects. But many people don't feel the side effects, or they are able to deal with them. Ask your pharmacist about the side effects of each medicine you take. Side effects are also listed in the information that comes with your medicine.

Here are some important things to think about:

  • Usually the benefits of the medicine are more important than any minor side effects.
  • Side effects may go away after you take the medicine for a while.
  • If side effects still bother you and you wonder if you should keep taking the medicine, call your doctor. He or she may be able to lower your dose or change your medicine. Do not suddenly quit taking your medicine unless your doctor tells you to.

Callor other emergency services right away if you have:

  • Trouble breathing.
  • Swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor if you have:

  • Hives.
  • Sores in your nose.

Common side effects of this medicine include:

  • Burning in the nose right after the spray is used.
  • A bad taste in the mouth.
  • Dryness of the mucous membranes in the nose.
  • Nosebleeds.

Side effects of nasal corticosteroid sprays are rare and minimal, even after long periods of continuous use.

See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug Reference is not available in all systems.)

What To Think About

Corticosteroids are not the kind of steroids used for muscle building. People do not "bulk up" when using corticosteroids.

There has been some concern that nasal corticosteroid sprays may cause side effects in children, such as growth delay and behavioral disturbances. At the recommended doses, nasal corticosteroid sprays have not been shown to produce serious side effects. But because of these concerns, nasal corticosteroid sprays are used in children only when needed. Ask your doctor if corticosteroids are right for your child, and if so, which ones to use.

Taking medicine

Medicine is one of the many tools your doctor has to treat a health problem. Taking medicine as your doctor suggests will improve your health and may prevent future problems. If you don't take your medicines properly, you may be putting your health (and perhaps your life) at risk.

There are many reasons why people have trouble taking their medicine. But in most cases, there is something you can do. For suggestions on how to work around common problems, see the topic Taking Medicines as Prescribed.

Advice for women

If you are pregnant, breast-feeding, or planning to get pregnant, do not use any medicines unless your doctor tells you to. Some medicines can harm your baby. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, herbs, and supplements. And make sure that all your doctors know that you are pregnant, breast-feeding, or planning to get pregnant.


Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.

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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerMark A. Rasmus, MD - Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Medicine
Last RevisedMay 14, 2012

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