NASACORT DRUG INFO
The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute
for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or
other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate
that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you.
Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE - NASAL (try-am-SIN-oh-lone
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Nasacort
USES: This is a nasal steroid that
works directly on nasal tissue to reduce swelling and inflammation.
It is used to treat nasal itching, runny nose, postnasal drip, nasal
congestion and sneezing associated with allergic rhinitis.
HOW TO USE: To get the most benefit
from this medication, make sure you understand how to use the nasal
spray properly. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to demonstrate the
correct way to use a nasal spray. Shake well before using. The medication
must reach the nasal tissue to be effective. Therefore, blow your
nose to clear the nasal passage before using the medication. If
passages are blocked, a nasal decongestant may be used first (for
a maximum of 3 to 5 days) to open the passages allowing proper penetration
of the medication. Be sure to aim spray away from the middle of
the nose, that is, away from the nasal septum and toward the inflamed
areas inside the nasal passages. Use this medication exactly as
prescribed. It must be used routinely to be effective. Do not increase
your dose or use this more frequently than directed without your
doctor's approval. It may take a few days before the benefits of
the medication are noticed. If after 2 to 3 weeks no improvement
in symptoms is noticed, consult your doctor. Use this medication
with caution if sores or injuries are present in the nasal passages.
SIDE EFFECTS: This medication may
cause irritation, stinging, burning, or dryness of the nasal passages.
Sneezing, nosebleed, headache, lightheadedness, loss of taste, throat
irritation or nausea may also occur. If these effects continue or
become bothersome, inform your doctor. Unlikely but report promptly:
persistent nose or throat irritation/soreness, white patchy areas.
Very unlikely but report promptly: broken or damaged nasal membranes,
unusual weakness, weight loss, nausea/vomiting, fainting, dizziness,
vision changes. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact
your doctor or pharmacist.
PRECAUTIONS: This medication should
be used with caution if the following medical conditions exist:
glaucoma, herpes-type infection of the eye, infection, recent nasal
surgery or existing nasal sores, liver disease, tuberculosis, underactive
thyroid, allergies to corticosteroids. Though very unlikely, it
is possible this medication will be absorbed into your bloodstream.
This may have undesirable consequences that may require additional
corticosteroid treatment. This is especially true for children and
for those who have used this for an extended period if they also
have serious medical problems such as serious infections, injuries
or surgeries. This precaution applies for up to one year after stopping
use of this drug. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.
Caution is advised in children as this drug may affect growth patterns.
Consult child's doctor. This medication should be used only when
clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits
with your doctor. It is unknown if this form of triamcinolone is
excreted into breast milk. Other dosage forms of triamcinolone are
excreted into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
DRUG INTERACTIONS: Tell your doctor
of all prescription and nonprescription medication you use, especially
of: other nasal products. Do not start or stop any medicine without
doctor or pharmacist approval.
OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected,
contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
NOTES: If no improvement in your
symptoms is noted after 3 weeks of using this medication, notify
your doctor. Another medication may be needed or the dose may need
adjusting. Inform all your doctors you use, or have used, this medication.
Watering or itching eyes often associated with allergies are not
significantly relieved by this medication. Each canister contains
approximately 100-120 sprays.
MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose,
use it as soon as remembered; do not use if it is almost time for
the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual
dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch
STORAGE: Store at room temperature
away from sunlight and moisture. Avoid freezing.