Nasacort AQ 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.
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 more frequently than directed without your doctor's approval. It may take a few days before the benefits of the medication are noticed.
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.
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 drug 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 your child's doctor before they use this product. This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.