Description and Brand Names

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US Brand Name

  1. Beconase
  2. Flonase
  3. Nasacort
  4. Nasalide
  5. Nasarel
  6. Nasonex
  7. Omnaris
  8. Rhinocort
  9. Tri-Nasal
  10. Vancenase
  11. Vancenase AQ
  12. Vancenase AQ Double Strength
  13. Veramyst
  14. Zetonna

Canadian Brand Name

  1. Beconase Aq
  2. Nasacort Aq
  3. Apo-Beclomethasone Aq
  4. Beclomethasone Aq
  5. Beconase Aq
  6. Gen-Budesonide Aq
  7. Med Beclomethasone Aq
  8. Nasacort Aq
  9. Nasacort Cfc-Free
  10. Nu-Beclomethasone
  11. Nu-Flunisolide
  12. Ratio-Beclomethasone Aq

Descriptions


Nasal corticosteroids are cortisone-like medicines. They belong to the family of medicines called steroids. These medicines are sprayed or inhaled into the nose to help relieve the stuffy nose, irritation, and discomfort of hay fever, other allergies, and other nasal problems. These medicines are also used to prevent nasal polyps from growing back after they have been removed by surgery.

These medicines are available only with your doctor's prescription.

This product is available in the following dosage forms:

  • Aerosol Liquid
  • Spray
  • Aerosol Powder

Before Using

Allergies

Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to medicines in this group or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.

Pediatric

Corticosteroids taken by mouth or injection have been shown to slow or stop growth in children and cause reduced adrenal gland function. If corticosteroids are medically necessary to control nasal problems in a child, nasal corticosteroids are generally considered to be safer than corticosteroids taken by mouth or injection. Prolonged or high-dose use of nasal corticosteroids may potentially affect growth; although, most nasal corticosteroids have not been shown to affect growth. Also, use of most nasal corticosteroids may allow some children to stop using or decrease the amount of corticosteroids taken by mouth or injection.

Triamcinolone acetonide is not recommended for use in children less than 2 years of age .

Before this medicine is given to a child, you and your child's doctor should talk about the good this medicine will do as well as the risks of using it. Follow the doctor's directions very carefully to lessen the chance of unwanted effects.

Geriatric

Although there is no specific information comparing use of nasal corticosteroids in the elderly with use in other age groups, they are not expected to cause different side effects or problems in older people than they do in younger adults.

Pregnancy

In one human study, use of beclomethasone oral inhalation by pregnant women did not cause birth defects or other problems. Other studies on birth defects with beclomethasone, budesonide, dexamethasone, flunisolide, fluticasone, mometasone or triamcinolone have not been done in humans.

In animal studies, corticosteroids taken by mouth or injection during pregnancy were shown to cause birth defects. Also, too much use of corticosteroids during pregnancy, especially during the first trimester, may cause other unwanted effects in the infant, such as slower growth and reduced adrenal gland function.

If corticosteroids are medically necessary during pregnancy to control nasal problems, nasal corticosteroids are generally considered safer than corticosteroids taken by mouth or injection. Also, use of nasal corticosteroids may allow some patients to stop using or decrease the amount of corticosteroids taken by mouth or injection.

Breastfeeding

Use of dexamethasone is not recommended in nursing mothers, since dexamethasone passes into breast milk and may affect the infant's growth.

It is not known whether beclomethasone, budesonide, flunisolide, fluticasone or triamcinolone passes into breast milk. Although most medicines pass into breast milk in small amounts, many of them may be used safely while breast-feeding. Levels of mometasone are not measurable in breast milk, thus exposure is expected to be low. Mothers who are taking these medicines and wish to breast-feed should discuss them with their doctor.

Drug Interactions

Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. Tell your healthcare professional if you are taking any other prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicine.

Other Interactions

Certain medicines should not be used at or around the time of eating food or eating certain types of food since interactions may occur. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines may also cause interactions to occur. Discuss with your healthcare professional the use of your medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco.

Other Medical Problems

The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of medicines in this class. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:

  • Amebiasis—Nasal corticosteroids may make this condition worse.
  • Asthma—Nasal corticosteroids may make this condition worse.
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus—Use of dexamethasone may decrease carbohydrate tolerance, worsening blood glucose control and warranting an increase in insulin dosage.
  • Glaucoma—Long-term use of nasal corticosteroids may worsen glaucoma by increasing the pressure within the eye.
  • Herpes simplex (virus) infection of the eye or
  • Infections (virus, bacteria, or fungus)—Nasal corticosteroids may cover up the signs of these conditions.
  • Injury to the nose (recent) or
  • Nose surgery (recent) or
  • Sores in the nose—Nasal corticosteroids may prevent proper healing of these conditions.
  • Liver disease or
  • Tuberculosis (active or history of) or
  • Underactive thyroid or
  • Weak heart or
  • Recent heart attack—Use of dexamethasone may worsen these conditions.

Proper Use

This medicine usually comes with patient directions. Read them carefully before using the medicine. Beclomethasone, budesonide, dexamethasone, and triamcinolone are used with a special inhaler. If you do not understand the directions, or if you are not sure how to use the inhaler, check with your health care professional.

Before using this medicine, clear the nasal passages by blowing your nose. Then, with the nosepiece inserted into the nostril, aim the spray towards the inner corner of the eye.

In order for this medicine to help you, it must be used regularly as ordered by your doctor. This medicine usually begins to work in about 1 week (for dexamethasone), but up to 3 weeks may pass before you feel its full effects.

Use this medicine only as directed. Do not use more of it and do not use it more often than your doctor ordered. To do so may increase the chance of absorption through the lining of the nose and the chance of unwanted effects.

Check with your doctor before using this medicine for nasal problems other than the one for which it was prescribed, since it should not be used on many bacterial, virus, or fungus nasal infections.

Save the inhaler that comes with beclomethasone or dexamethasone, since refill units may be available at lower cost.

Dosing

The dose medicines in this class will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of these medicines. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

For beclomethasone

  • For allergies or other nasal conditions:
    • For nasal aerosol dosage form:
      • Adults and children 6 years of age and older—One spray in each nostril two to four times a day.
      • Children up to 6 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
    • For nasal suspension dosage form:
      • Adults and children 6 years of age and older—One or two sprays in each nostril two times a day.
      • Children up to 6 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

For budesonide

  • For allergies or other nasal conditions:
    • For nasal powder dosage form:
      • Adults and children 6 years of age and older—Two inhalations in each nostril once a day in the morning.
      • Children up to 6 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
    • For nasal suspension dosage form:
      • Adults and children 6 years of age and older—One or two sprays in each nostril one or two times a day.
      • Children up to 6 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

For dexamethasone

  • For allergies or other nasal conditions:
    • For nasal aerosol dosage form:
      • Adults and children 12 years of age and older—Two sprays in each nostril two or three times a day for up to two weeks.
      • Children 6 to 12 years of age—One to two sprays in each nostril two times a day for up to two weeks.
      • Children up to 6 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

For flunisolide

  • For allergies or other nasal conditions:
    • For nasal solution dosage form:
      • Adults and children 6 years of age and older—One or two sprays in each nostril one to three times a day.
      • Children up to 6 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

For fluticasone

  • For allergies or other nasal conditions:
    • For nasal suspension dosage form:
      • Adults and children 4 years of age and older—One or two sprays in each nostril one or two times a day.
      • Children up to 4 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

For mometasone

  • For allergies or other nasal conditions:
    • For nasal suspension dosage form:
      • Adults and children 12 years of age and older—One or two sprays in each nostril one time a day.
      • Children up to 12 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

For triamcinolone

  • For allergies or other nasal conditions:
    • For nasal aerosol dosage form:
      • Adults and children 12 years of age and older)—One or two sprays in each nostril once a day .
      • Children 6 to 12 years of age—One spray in each nostril once a day. If instructed by your child's doctor, two sprays in each nostril once a day can also be given
      • Children 2 to 5 years of age—No more than one spray in each nostril once a day .
      • Children less than 2 years of age—Use is not recommended .
    • For nasal suspension dosage form:
      • Adults and children 6 years of age and older—One or two sprays in each nostril one time a day.
      • Children up to 6 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

If you miss a dose of this medicine and remember within an hour or so, use it right away. However, if you do not remember until later, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

Storage

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Also, discard any unused beclomethasone or flunisolide solution 3 months after you open the package.

Do not puncture, break, or burn the beclomethasone, dexamethasone, or triamcinolone aerosol container, even after it is empty.

Precautions

If you will be using this medicine for more than a few weeks, your doctor should check your progress at regular visits.

Check with your doctor:

  • if signs of a nose, sinus, or throat infection occur.
  • if your symptoms do not improve within 7 days (for dexamethasone) or within 3 weeks (for beclomethasone, budesonide, flunisolide, fluticasone, mometasone, or triamcinolone).
  • if your condition gets worse.

When you are being treated with dexamethasone, and after you stop treatment with it, do not have any immunizations (vaccinations) without your doctor's approval. Dexamethasone may lower your body's resistance and there is a chance you may get the infection the immunization is meant to prevent. In addition, other persons living in your household should not take or have recently taken oral polio vaccine since there is a chance they could pass the polio virus on to you. Also, avoid other persons who have taken oral polio vaccine. Don't get close to them, and do not stay in the same room with them for very long. If you cannot take these precautions, you should consider wearing a protective face mask that covers the nose and mouth.

Side Effects

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:

Less common or rare

  1. Bad smell
  2. blindness
  3. bloody mucus or unexplained nosebleeds
  4. blurred or gradual loss of vision
  5. burning or stinging after use of spray or irritation inside nose (continuing)
  6. crusting, white patches, or sores inside nose
  7. discharge or redness in eye, eyelid, or inner lining of the eyelid
  8. eye pain
  9. headache
  10. hives
  11. light-headedness or dizziness
  12. loss of sense of taste or smell
  13. muscle pain
  14. nausea or vomiting
  15. ringing in the ears
  16. shortness of breath
  17. skin rash
  18. sore throat, cough, or hoarseness
  19. stomach pains
  20. stuffy, dry, or runny nose or watery eyes (continuing)
  21. swelling of eyelids, face, or lips
  22. tightness in chest
  23. troubled breathing
  24. unusual tiredness or weakness
  25. wheezing
  26. white patches in throat

Symptoms of overdose

  1. Acne
  2. blurred vision
  3. bone fractures
  4. excess hair growth in females
  5. fullness or rounding of the face, neck, and trunk
  6. high blood pressure
  7. impotence in males
  8. increased urination or thirst
  9. lack of menstrual periods
  10. menstrual changes
  11. muscle wasting and weakness

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common

  1. Burning, dryness, or other irritation inside the nose (mild, lasting only a short time)
  2. irritation of throat

Less common

  1. Itching of throat
  2. sneezing

Not all of the side effects listed above have been reported for each of these medicines, but they have been reported for at least one of them. All of the nasal corticosteroids are very similar, so any of the above side effects may occur with any of these medicines.

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.