Nasacort AQ (generic: triamcinolone) is a prescription medication used to treat seasonal and year round allergies. Nasacort belongs to a group of drugs called corticosteroid, which help lessen the symptoms of sneezing, runny or stuffy nose, and nasal itching.
This medication comes in nasal spray form and is used once a day.
Common side effects of Nasacort AQ include sore throat, headache, and nosebleeds.
Nasacort AQ is a prescription medication used to treat seasonal and year round allergies. Symptoms treated are:
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Itchy nose
This medication may be prescribed for other uses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Common side effects of Nasacort AQ include:
- Sore throat,
- and nosebleeds .If you have an increase in nosebleeds after using Nasacort AQ or the inside of your nose hurts, contact your doctor.
Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins and herbal supplements. Nasacort AQ is a nasal spray and only a small amount of the medicine is absorbed into the bloodstream. This makes it unlikely to affect, or be affected by, other medicines. Using more than one steroid nasal spray like Nasacort AQ is not recommended, as this may increase the risk of side effects.
Do not use Nasacort AQ if you have had a reaction to triamcinolone acetonide or to any of the other ingredients in Nasacort AQ.
Taking steroids may put you at a higher risk for infections. Nasacort AQ is a nasal steroid and may suppress the immune system. Oral steroids (those taken by mouth) are more likely to cause immune suppression, but it is possible with Nasacort AQ. Before starting Nasacort AQ, let your doctor know if you have ever had tuberculosis or a herpes infection of the eye, as Nasacort AQ may allow these infections to worsen by weakening the immune system.
Nasacort AQ, like all steroids, may slow the growth rate of children and teenagers.
Nasacort AQ is not for children under the age of 2 years.
Medicines can interact with certain foods. In some cases, this may be harmful and your doctor may advise you to avoid certain foods. In the case of Nasacort AQ there are no specific foods that you must exclude from your diet when receiving Nasacort AQ.
Tell your doctor if you are:
- pregnant or planning to become pregnant
- exposed to chickenpox or measles
- feeling unwell or have any symptoms that you do not understand
Tell your doctor about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if Nasacort AQ will harm your unborn baby.
Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if Nasacort AQ is excreted in human breast milk or if it will harm your nursing baby.
- Use Nasacort AQ exactly as your healthcare provider 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.
- Your healthcare provider will tell you how and when to use Nasacort AQ. Do not use more Nasacort AQ or take it more often than your healthcare provider tells you.
- The prescription label will usually tell you how many sprays to take and how often. If it does not or if you are unsure, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist.
- For people aged 12 years and older,the usual dose is sprays in each nostril, one time each day.
- For children aged 6 to 12 years,the usual dose is spray in each nostril, one time each day.Your healthcare provider may tell you to take 2 sprays in each nostrilone time eachday.
- For children aged 2 to 5 years,the usual dose is spray in each nostril, one time each day.
- An adult should help a young child use this medicine. Do not stop taking Nasacort AQ without telling your healthcare provider. Before you throw away Nasacort AQ, talk to your healthcare provider to see if you need another prescription. If your healthcare provider tells you to continue using Nasacort AQ, throw away the empty or expired bottle and use a new bottle of Nasacort AQ.
- Some symptoms may get better on the first day of treatment. It generally takes one week of use to feel the most benefit.
- Protect your eyes from the spray. If you get the spray in your eyes, rinse your eyes well with water.
- If your symptoms do not improve, or if they become worse, contact your healthcare provider.
- Tell your healthcare provider if you have irritation, burning or stinging inside your nose that does not go away when using Nasacort AQ.
Take Nasacort AQ exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully. Your doctor will determine the best dose for you.
Adults and Adolescents 12 Years of Age and Older:
The recommended starting and maximum dose is two sprays in each nostril once daily. When the maximum benefit has been achieved and symptoms have been controlled, reducing the dose to one spray in each nostril once a day has been shown to be effective in maintaining control of the allergic rhinitis symptoms.
Children 6 to 12 years of age:
The recommended starting dose is one spray in each nostril once daily. Children not responding adequately to this dose may use 2 sprays in each nostril once daily. Once symptoms have been controlled, the dosage may be decreased to one spray once daily.
Children 2 to 5 years of age:
The recommended and maximum dose is one spray in each nostril once daily.
NASACORT AQ Nasal Spray is not recommended for children under 2 years of age.
If you take too much Nasacort AQ, call your local Poison Control Center or seek emergency medical attention right away. There have been only a few cases of people taking too much Nasacort AQ. Short-term overdose of Nasacort AQ may cause nothing more than the usual Nasacort AQ side effects. However, taking large doses of Nasacort AQ for long periods of time may cause serious problems and may require treatment.
Nasacort AQ Nasal Spray: 55 mcg triamcinolone acetonide in each spray. Supplied in 16.5 g bottle containing 120 actuations. Each 120 actuation bottle contains 9.075 mg triamcinolone acetonide.
Active ingredient: triamcinolone acetonide
Inactive ingredients: Microcrystalline cellulose, carboxymethylcellulose sodium, polysorbate 80, dextrose, benzalkonium chloride, and edetate disodium are contained in this aqueous medium; hydrochloric acid or sodium hydroxide may be added to adjust the pH to a target of 5.0 within a range of 4.5 and 6.0.
- Store Nasacort AQ between 68 to 77 F (20 to 25 C).
- After using 120 sprays, throw the medicine away, as directed by your healthcare provider, even if the bottle is not empty. You may not get enough medicine if you use the bottle after 120 sprays.
- Keep Nasacort and all medicines out of the reach of children. General information about the safe and effective use of Nasacort AQ.
- Medicines are sometimes prescribed for conditions that are not mentioned in patient information. Do not use Nasacort AQ for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give Nasacort AQ to other people, even if they have the same symptoms that you have. It may harm them.