Nasacort AQ Nasal spray is an over-the-counter and prescribed medicinal drug that belongs to the family of corticosteroids; it soothes the nasal passages by reducing inflammation and treating allergy symptoms. Usually, this medicine is administered to patients suffering from seasonal allergies or yearly allergies and curbs all symptoms including a runny nose, sneezing watery eyes, stuffy nose, etc. that result from pollen, pet fur, or dust. It is available in the form of a liquid suspension in a plastic spray bottle; the maximum dosage for this medicine should not exceed 220 mcg per day, i.e., 2 sprays per nostril.
All medications are created with their fair share of side effects, and Nasacort is no exception; consult your medical advisor if the below mentioned adverse health indicators are manifested in you.
- This medication might weaken your immune system against fighting infections; you may experience symptoms like flu, white patches inside the nose or on the back of the throat, fever, sore throat, ear infection, and chills.
- Allergic reaction although rare may occur signs of an allergic reaction include, hives, itchy rash-covered skin, trouble/difficulty breathing, swollen throat, lips, tongue, and dizziness. Rush to the emergency room ASAP.
- Nasacort can induce other disturbing side effects such as dryness or irritation in the nose/throat, coughing, sneezing, nosebleeds, and unpleasant taste/smell, etc. are all usual
- If Nasacort seeps its way into the bloodstream, then these symptoms will prevail, e., unusual/extreme tiredness, weight loss, headache, swelling ankles/feet, increased thirst/urination, and vision problems these side effects are common in children and result from prolonged exposure.
How to use?
Apply the nasal spray through your nostrils one by one, close one nostril by pressing with your finger and inhale gently with your other while spraying the medicine inside your nasal cavity; repeat procedure with the other nostril. This medicine is not to be administered orally or swallowed; tilt your head and breathe in slowly through your nose and mouth to avoid medication from getting into the throat. Follow instructions as provided by your doctor for dosage.
How does it work?
Triamcinolone is a significant element present inside the medicine; it’s a corticosteroid that is responsible for reducing inflammation in the nasal lining preventing symptoms like a runny nose, sneezing watery eyes, stuffy nose, etc. that result from pollen, pet fur, or dust. What happens is that simply triamcinolone stops cells present in the nasal lining from producing chemicals that inevitably are associated with allergy symptoms.
Long-term use of corticosteroids can lead to this steroid building up in the blood leading to stunted or slowed growth in kids, mental problems, and ineffective adrenal gland functioning. If other corticosteroids are being used such as ointments, creams or tablets, then the chances of these side effects are high. This nasal spray is only beneficial if used for shorter periods of time though alone it does not cause much harm.
Precautions (Before Taking)
Using Nasacort during pregnancy should only be considered when necessary some case studies have indicated that exposure to corticosteroids for the fetus can result in the baby having low levels of corticosteroid in its system. Such babies have these symptoms: persistent nausea/vomiting, severe diarrhea, or weakness in your newborn. It’s best to consult your doctor before using this drug.
There is no evidence indicating Nasacort slips into breastmilk. So, the easiest way to ensure your infant’s safety is through following the advice of your doctor before taking medicine. Similar drugs are known to dissolve into breastmilk.
Report to your doctor any past or current health issues you may be suffering from such as glaucoma or cataracts, nose injuries, recent nose surgery, nose ulcer, and tuberculosis. The medication might be dangerous in such situations; so, the best course of action is to discuss any troublesome health factors that might contribute to enhanced side effects so, the doctor can better understand how to treat you.
Risk of Infection
Since this medicine renders the immune systems infection-fighting ability weak, you are susceptible to contagious infections; take precautionary steps against exposure to diseases like chickenpox, measles, and the common cold.