What is Veramyst?Veramyst is a nasal steroid used to treat seasonal and year-round allergy symptoms in adults and children ≥2 years old. When you spray Veramyst into your nose, it helps reduce the nasal symptoms of allergic rhinitis (inflammation of the lining of the nose), such as stuffy nose, runny nose, itching, and sneezing.
What is the most important information I should know about Veramyst?Rare fungal infections may occur with treatment with Veramyst. In addition, nasal corticosteroids are associated with nasal bleeding and poor wound healing.
Patients who have experienced recent nasal ulcers, nasal surgery, or nasal trauma should not use Veramyst until healing has occurred.
Glaucoma (high pressure in the eye) and cataracts are associated with nasal and inhaled corticosteroid use. You should have regular eye exams, and inform your doctor if your vision changes while using Veramyst.
Children taking Veramyst should have their growth checked regularly since corticosteroids may slow their growth.
Who should not take Veramyst?You should not use Veramyst if you have had recent nasal surgery, nasal ulcers, or nasal trauma; if you have recently been exposed to chickenpox or measles; if you have liver disease; or you are allergic to any of the ingredients in Veramyst.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Veramyst?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Veramyst, especially if you are taking a medicine that contains ritonavir (commonly used to treat HIV infection or AIDS). Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or you are breastfeeding; if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in Veramyst or any other nasal corticosteroid; if you have been exposed to chickenpox or measles; if you have liver disease; or if you 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 children ≥12 years: The usual starting dosage is two sprays in each nostril, once a day.
Children 2-11 years: The usual starting dosage is one spray in each nostril, once a day.
How should I take Veramyst?Before you use a new bottle the first time, you need to prime Veramyst: With the cap on, shake the device well. Take the cap off by squeezing the finger grips and pulling it straight off. Do not press the button while you take off the cap. Hold the device with the nozzle pointing up and away from you. Place your thumb on the button. Then firmly press and release the button six times or until a fine mist is sprayed from the nozzle. Your Veramyst is now ready to use.
Before taking a dose of Veramyst, gently blow your nose to clear your nostrils. Tilt your head forward a little bit. Hold the device upright. Place the nozzle in one of your nostrils. Point the end of the nozzle toward the side of your nose, away from the center of your nose (septum). This helps get the medicine to the right part of your nose. Firmly press the button one time to spray the medicine in your nose while you are breathing in.
Do not get any spray in your eyes. If you do, rinse your eyes well with water.
Take the nozzle out of your nose. Breathe out through your mouth. Repeat these steps in the other nostril as well.
Put the cap back on the device after you have finished taking your dose. After each use, wipe the nozzle with a clean, dry tissue. Never try to clean the nozzle with a pin or anything sharp because this may damage it.
What should I avoid while taking Veramyst?Avoid spraying the medication into your eyes. Never leave your Veramyst device uncapped.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Veramyst?If Veramyst is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either or both drugs could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Veramyst with ketoconazole or ritonavir.
What are the possible side effects of Veramyst?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: cough and fever, nasal sores, nosebleeds, headaches
Can I receive Veramyst if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?The effects of Veramyst 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 Veramyst?If you remember to take your dose within 12 hours of your scheduled time, go ahead and take the missed dose. If you remember more than 12 hours past your scheduled time, skip that dose and take the next one. Do not take two doses at once.
How should I store Veramyst?Store upright at room temperature.
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