What is Nasacort AQ?Nasacort AQ nasal spray is a corticosteroid used to treat nasal symptoms of seasonal and year-round allergies (sneezing, runny nose, nasal itching, and stuffy nose) in adults and children ≥2 years.
What is the most important information I should know about Nasacort AQ?Nasacort AQ, like other corticosteroids, does not have an immediate effect on nasal symptoms. Although some people may see improvement within the first day of treatment, maximum benefit may not be reached for up to 1 week. If your symptoms do not improve, or if they become worse, contact your doctor.
Treatment with Nasacort AQ may lead to side effects, which include nosebleed and nasal ulcers. Fungal infection of the nose and throat may also occur with treatment with Nasacort AQ. Nasal corticosteroids are associated with impaired wound healing. People who have experienced recent nasal ulcers, nasal surgery, or nasal trauma should not use Nasacort AQ until healing has occurred.
Glaucoma (high pressure in the eye) and cataracts are associated with nasal corticosteroid use. Inform your doctor if you experience a change in vision while using Nasacort AQ.
You may be more prone to getting infections when using Nasacort AQ. Report any new or existing infections to your doctor immediately. You should use caution in using Nasacort AQ if you have tuberculosis, and any type of infection caused by bacteria, fungi, or viruses.
Who should not take Nasacort AQ?Do not use Nasacort AQ if you have had a reaction to it or to any of its ingredients.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Nasacort AQ?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Nasacort AQ. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, are breastfeeding, have been exposed to chickenpox or measles, are feeling unwell, or have any symptoms that you do not understand.
What is the usual dosage?The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.
Adults and adolescents ≥12 years: The recommended dose is two sprays in each nostril once a day. When symptoms have been controlled, the dose may be reduced to one spray in each nostril once a day.
Children 6 -12 years: The recommended starting dose is one spray in each nostril once a day. Children not responding adequately may use two sprays in each nostril once a day. Once symptoms have been controlled, the dosage may be decreased to one spray in each nostril once a day.
Children 2-5 years: The recommended and maximum dose is one spray in each nostril once a day.
How should I take Nasacort AQ?Use Nasacort AQ exactly as your doctor tells you. You will get the best results if you use Nasacort AQ regularly and without missing a dose. Do not take extra doses. Nasacort AQ should be used as a nasal spray only. Do not spray it in your eyes or mouth. Shake Nasacort AQ well before each use.
Prime Nasacort AQ before using it for the first time by shaking the contents well and releasing five sprays into the air, away from your face. Repriming the spray pump is only necessary when it has not been used for more than 2 weeks. To reprime, shake the bottle and only pump the spray bottle one time. Do not reprime if you use the spray more often than every 2 weeks. For detailed instructions for use, see the patient information that accompanies your prescription.
Each Nasacort AQ bottle contains 120 doses of medicine, plus a little extra for priming the pump. A check-off chart is included with your Nasacort AQ to help you keep track of the number of sprays.
Do not blow your nose for 15 minutes after using the spray.
Protect your eyes from the spray. If you get the spray in your eyes, rinse your eyes well with water.
Tell your doctor if you have irritation, burning, or stinging inside your nose that does not go away when using Nasacort AQ.
What should I avoid while taking Nasacort AQ?Avoid exposure to chickenpox or measles and tell your doctor right away if you think you have been exposed. You should also avoid using more than the recommended dose of Nasacort AQ.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Nasacort AQ?No significant interactions have been reported with Nasacort AQ at this time. However, always tell your doctor about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
What are the possible side effects of Nasacort AQ?Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.
Side effects may include: nosebleeds, increased cough, sore throat, headache, throat pain, upper abdominal pain, bronchitis, stomach upset, tooth disorder, diarrhea
Can I receive Nasacort AQ if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?The effects of Nasacort AQ during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Nasacort AQ?If you miss a dose of Nasacort AQ, take the missed dose 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 take two doses at once.
How should I store Nasacort AQ?Store Nasacort AQ at room temperature. After using 120 sprays, throw the medicine away, as directed by your doctor, even if the bottle is not empty. You may not get enough medicine if you use the bottle after 120 sprays.
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