Nasacort AQ

Generic Name: Triamcinolone

  • What is this medication and its most common uses?

    Nasacort AQ is a medicine used to treat nasal symptoms due to seasonal and year-round allergies. Nasacort AQ is available as a nasal spray.

  • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

    How does this medication work?

    Nasacort AQ works by reducing inflammation in your nose.

    What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

    What: Nasacort AQ has been shown to reduce nasal symptoms, such as stuffiness, runniness, sneezing, and itching. Nasacort AQ has also been shown to reduce the severity of nasal symptoms.

    When: Nasacort AQ may begin to work within 1 day of treatment, but it may take 1 week of regular use to reach its greatest effect.

    How do I know it is working?

    You may feel an improvement in your breathing once you begin using Nasacort AQ. This is a good indicator that your medication is working. Your healthcare provider may ask you questions to assess how well your symptoms are controlled.

  • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

    The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

    More common side effects may include: sore throat, nosebleed, flu-like symptoms, cough, bronchitis (inflammation of the air passages within the lungs), upset stomach, tooth disorder, headache, throat pain, runny or stuffy nose, stomach pain, diarrhea, skin abrasion or scrape.

    Less common side effects may include:

    Infections in your nose and throat, formation of a hole in the wall between your nostrils, or impaired wound healing.

    Eye problems, including glaucoma (high pressure in the eye) and cataracts.

    Immune system problems that may increase your risk of infections.

    Slowed or delayed growth in children.

    Adrenal insufficiency (a condition in which the adrenal glands do not make enough steroid hormones), with symptoms such as tiredness, weakness, nausea and vomiting, and low blood pressure.

  • Who should not take this medication?

    Do not use Nasacort AQ if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

    Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Nasacort AQ. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you had chickenpox or measles or have recently been near anyone with chickenpox or measles; have any type of infection (including tuberculosis [a bacterial infection that affects the lungs] or an eye infection); are feeling unwell or have any symptoms that you do not understand; notice your symptoms are not improving or are getting worse; or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.

    Adults and adolescents ≥12 years: The recommended starting dose is two sprays in each nostril once a day.

    Children 2-12 years: The recommended starting dose is one spray in each nostril once a day.

    Your healthcare provider may adjust your or your child's dose as appropriate.

  • How should I take this medication?

    Use Nasacort AQ exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not use it more often or stop using it without first talking to your healthcare provider.

    Use on a regular basis.

    Shake well before each use.

    Please review the instructions that came with your prescription on how to properly use Nasacort AQ.

  • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

    Do not spray Nasacort AQ in your eyes or mouth.

    Do not blow your nose for 15 minutes after using the spray.

    Do not come in contact with anyone who has chickenpox or measles while you are using Nasacort AQ.

  • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

    No significant interactions have been reported with Nasacort AQ at this time. However, always tell your healthcare provider about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

  • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Nasacort AQ during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

    If you miss a dose of Nasacort AQ, apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply two doses at once.

  • How should I store this medication?

    Store at room temperature.

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