Taking a spray

Taking your first spray1

Before taking your first spray, you should spend a little time getting used to the vials’ spray pump.

Find out how firmly you need to press the nozzle to release a spray.

Before you use Sativex for the first time, practise by spraying Sativex onto a tissue (see 'priming the vial' below).

To take a spray, follow these steps:

  • Point the nozzle into your mouth – either under your tongue or at the inside of your cheek
  • Press down firmly on the nozzle
  • Regularly change the place in your mouth where you spray Sativex. Don’t always spray Sativex in the same place in your mouth. With each spray, direct the nozzle at a different area of your mouth. This will help reduce the risk of irritation.
  • Remember: You should always assume that you have had a full spray, even if you’re not sure that you’ve pressed the nozzle down fully

NOTE: Sativex spray is not intended for inhalation. Do not breathe it in when taking your dose.

Priming a vial

Priming the vial1

New vials of Sativex must be ‘primed’ – this means making them ready to use. To do this, follow the steps below.

  • Take a vial of Sativex out of the fridge
  • Write the date that you open the spray on the sticker provided in the box, then stick the sticker on the vial, so you can check how long it has been open
  • Gently shake the vial
  • Remove its protective cap
  • Hold the vial upright between your thumb and second finger
  • To prime a vial, simply point its nozzle at a piece of tissue and press it a few times until it releases a fine spray. Once you have done this, it will pump out the same amount of Sativex every time you press the nozzle
  • You only need to do this the first time you use a new vial