Nasacort is the brand name for the generic drug triamcinolone. Nasacort is also sold and packaged as Nasacort AQ and Tri-Nasal.
Nasacort is a steroid that is used to prevent the creation or release of agents in the body that cause inflammation. Nasacort, Nasacort AQ and Tri-Nasal are used to treat nasal symptoms of allergies, such as runny nose, stuffy nose and watery eyes. Nasacort, Nasacort AQ and Tri-Nasal is also used to treat other seasonal allergies or reactions. This medication can also be prescribed for other conditions, which are not described here.
Do not use more than is prescribed of this medication. Tri-Nasal should be administered on a regular basis for optimal results. A few weeks on this medication is needed to experience the best effects. Before taking Nasacort, Nasacort AQ and Tri-Nasal it is important to discuss a few conditions if they apply with your physicians. Such conditions that you need inform your doctor or be checked for are an infection of any kind caused by viral, bacterial or fungal agents. This drug may decrease the body’s ability to fight infections; therefore, you may not be able to use this drug until the infection has been treated.
The US FDA categorizes drugs based on safety for pregnant women. Nasacort (and its various forms) is categorized as C. This indicates that this drug may cause harm to an unborn child, but you should discuss all risk factors with your doctor before taking this medication if you are expecting. Nasacort may or may not pass through breast milk to an infant. Do not take Nasacort if you are nursing; discuss the safety with the pediatrician and your physician first. Nasacort has not been approved to be administered to children under the age of six. Tri-Nasal has not been approved to be administered to children under the age of twelve.
Take this drug exactly as prescribed by your physician. Read all inserts that are included with the medication to be aware of risks. Nasacort the inhaler is used thusly: first gently blow your nose to clear the nostrils, remove the white protected cap of the inhaler, and shake well. Then hold the inhaler in a pincher grasp, tilt the head back, put the inhaler into one nostril pointing away from the nasal septum, hold the other nostril close. Simultaneously release the spray and inhale. Hold your breath for a few seconds and slowly exhale through your mouth. Do this for as many times as prescribed by your physician and repeat in the other nostril. Try not to blow your nose for the next fifteen minutes. Care for the inhaler by cleaning it weekly in warm water. Do not use soap, detergent or any cleanser. Let the inhaler air dry. Never use the canister and nose piece attachment with any other product or medication. After 100 sprays, discard the inhaler.
To administer Nasacort AQ and Tri-Nasal Spray, remove cover and clip off of the spray unit. Shake the spray pump well in order to prime it before the first use. Rapidly pump the spray body to produce a fine mist, this should take up to five pumps. Clear your nostril with a gentle blow. Place the spray tip into a nostril, close the other nostril. Quickly pump and inhale at the same time. Repeat according to doctors instructions and begin again with the other nostril. This should be discarded after a hundred and twenty uses. It may take a few weeks of use before optimal results are seen. Store this medication at room temperature and away from moisture.
If you miss a dose, take the dose as soon as you realized it has been missed. If the next scheduled does is soon, do not double up doses. Take the regularly scheduled dose and do not take the missed dose.
Overdoses are highly unlikely, but if you believe you have overdosed seek emergency medical treatment. Avoid dust and known allergens while taking this medication. Your immune system may be weakened, avoid sources of infections, especially conditions for which you have not developed immunity or for which you have not been vaccinated. These illnesses and infections may be, depending on your medical history, small pox, measles or any other type of contagious infection.
Possible side effects of Nasacort, Tri-Nasal Spray and Nasacort AQ, which are serious rarely, occur. Be sure to recognize the symptoms of a severe allergic reaction. A severe reaction indicates an allergy which may be life-threatening, seek emergency medical intervention. Allergic reaction presents as shortness of breath, hives, swelling of lips, throat, face or tongue, fainting or rash. Less serious side effect are more common, you can continue treatment, but should discuss them with your physician. The less serious side effects are burning, stinging sinuses, sneezing after administration of medication, yeast or thrush over growth of the nose and throat (appear as white patches), glaucoma, tearing, increased eye pressure, perforated septum, fever, ear irritation or inflammation, stomach upset or nausea, unpleasant smell or loss of taste, stuffiness or runny nose and cough. Any other side effects that you notice and which are bothersome, discuss with your doctor.
Nasacort, Tri-Nasal Spray and Nasacort AQ, when used with other steroids can increase side effects or result in an overdose. Be sure to tell your physician and pharmacists about any drugs you are taking, whether over the counter (including natural or herbal medications) or other prescriptions. Make sure that ANY physician who is treating you is aware that you are taking Nasacort, Tri-Nasal Spray or Nasacort AQ.
As always, if you need more information, contact your physician or pharmacist regarding this medication.
Triamcinolone acetonide, USP, the active ingredient in Nasacort AQ HFA Nasal Aerosol, is a glucocorticosteroid with a molecular weight of 434.5, the chemical designation 9-Fluoro-11ß,16a,17, 21-tetrahydroxypregna-1, 4-diene-3, 20-dione cyclic 16,17-acetal with acetone (C24H31FO6). The canister must be primed with 3 actuations prior to the first use or after a period of non-use (3 days). After priming, each actuation meters 100 mcg of triamcinolone acetonide in 65 mg of suspension from the valve and delivers 55 mcg of triamcinolone acetonide from the nasal actuator to the patient. If the product is not used for more than 3 days, it should be re-primed with 3 actuations. Each 9.3 g canister of Nasacort HFA Nasal Aerosol provides 100 metered sprays. After 100 metered sprays, this amount of medication delivered per actuation may not be consistent and the unit should be discarde.
Nasacort AQ has the following structural formula:
Generic name: Triamcinolone nasal
Brand name(s): Nasacort :: Tri-Nasal
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