Dymista is a prescription medication used to relieve seasonal allergy symptoms of the nose such as stuffy/runny nose, itching, sneezing, and post-nasal drip. It contains two active drugs, azelastine hydrochloride, and fluticasone propionate, which work together to reduce the effects of natural histamines in the body and to reduce inflammation in the nasal passages.
Azelastine is an antihistamine that works by blocking certain natural substances called histamines that are responsible for allergic symptoms while Fluticasone belongs to a class of drugs known as corticosteroids. It works by reducing swelling (inflammation) in the nasal passages. Dymista is available as a nasal spray and is indicated for the relief of symptoms of seasonal allergic rhinitis in adult and pediatric patients 6 years of age and older.
Uses and Dosage
Dymista is available as a nasal spray and should be used as directed by your healthcare provider. Use the nasal spray in the nose as directed by your doctor, usually twice a day in both nostrils. Do not spray it in your eyes or mouth. If the spray gets in your eyes, flush them thoroughly with water.
To use Azelastine/Fluticasone nasal spray:
- Gently blow your nose to clear your nostrils.
- Shake the bottle gently before using.
- Tilt your head forward slightly.
- Close one nostril with your finger.
- Insert the nasal spray tip into your other nostril.
- Breathe in gently through your nose while spraying the medication.
- Breathe out through your mouth.
- Repeat steps 4-7 for the other nostril.
- Wipe the nasal spray tip with a clean tissue and replace the cap.
Common Side Effects of Dymista (Azelastine/Fluticasone):
- Changes in taste
- Nasal candida albicans infection
- Slow wound healing
- Sores or white patches inside or around the nose
Serious Side Effects of Dymista (Azelastine/Fluticasone):
- Arm or leg weakness
- Blurred vision
- Changes in taste
- Eye pain or swelling
- Feeling unsteady
- Fluttering in the chest
- High fever
- Lightheadedness or passing out.
- Loss of coordination
- Pounding heartbeats
- Profuse sweating or tremors
- Seeing halos around lights
- Serious eye symptoms
- Serious heart symptoms include
- Severe headache
- Shortness of breath
- Slurred speech
- Sudden dizziness
- Sudden vision loss
- Trouble walking
- Tunnel vision
- Very stiff muscles
Form and Strength
Dymista (Azelastine/Fluticasone) is available in the following forms and strength:
Dymista: Nasal Spray
Azelastine/Fluticasone: Nasal Spray
- Caution should be used in patients with a history of glaucoma, cataracts, or other eye problems.
- Caution should be used in patients with a history of nasal septal ulcers, surgery, or trauma.
- Caution should be used in patients with immune system disorders or on immunosuppressive therapy.
- Caution should be used in patients with liver disease or who are taking medications that affect liver function.
- Dymista may cause drowsiness or dizziness, so caution should be used when driving or operating heavy machinery.
- Dymista may increase the risk of certain infections, particularly if used over an extended period of time.
- Dymista may interact with other medications, including certain antibiotics, antifungals, and HIV medications, among others.
- Dymista should not be used in patients with a known hypersensitivity to azelastine, fluticasone, or any of the other ingredients in the medication.
- Dymista should not be used to treat acute asthma attacks or other severe respiratory conditions.
- Use of Dymista may cause adrenal suppression, particularly with high doses or long-term use.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Is Dymista safe for children?
Dymista is indicated for the relief of symptoms of seasonal allergic rhinitis in adult and pediatric patients 6 years of age and older. Follow the instructions of your healthcare provider and report any persistent or bothersome side effects.
Can Dymista be used for other nasal conditions besides allergies?
Dymista is specifically indicated for the relief of symptoms of seasonal allergic rhinitis. Your healthcare provider will determine if Dymista is appropriate for your individual condition.
How long does it take for Dymista to start working?
Dymista may start to relieve symptoms within hours of the first dose, but it may take several days of regular use to achieve maximum benefit.
Can I use Dymista if I’m pregnant or nursing?
Discuss the risks and benefits of using Dymista during pregnancy or while nursing with your healthcare provider before use.
Can I use Dymista with other medications?
You should always inform your healthcare provider of all medications you are taking, including over-the-counter medications and herbal supplements, before starting Dymista or any new medication.