Nasacort AQ is a nasal spray used to relieve symptoms of seasonal and perennial allergic rhinitis, including nasal congestion, runny nose, and sneezing. It contains the active ingredient triamcinolone acetonide, which is a corticosteroid that helps to reduce inflammation in the nasal passages.
The recommended dose for adults and children 12 years of age and older is 2 sprays in each nostril once a day. The dosage may be decreased to 1 spray in each nostril once a day, depending on the severity of symptoms and the patient’s response to treatment.
Use and Dosage
Nasacort AQ Nasal Spray is a medication used in the nose. The usual dosage for adults is 2 sprays in each nostril, once or twice a day or as directed by a doctor. In children, the usual dosage is 1 to 2 sprays in each nostril once daily or as directed by the doctor. Before using the drug, gently blow your nose and follow the package instructions to properly prime the spray.
To use the medication, remove the protective cap and close one nostril by pressing it with your finger. Tilt your head as directed and carefully insert the nasal applicator into the other nostril. Press down firmly on the device to deliver the prescribed number of sprays. Breathe in gently through your nose and out through your mouth. Repeat in the other nostril. Replace the cap on the nasal inhaler and avoid blowing your nose for 15 minutes after using the medication.
Dosage depends on your medical condition and response to treatment. Younger children may need a smaller dose and help from an adult to use this medication properly. Use Nasacort AQ Nasal Spray regularly at the same time(s) each day to receive the most benefit from it. Do not increase your dose or use it more frequently than prescribed.
Keep track of how many sprays you have used. Discard the device after the number of sprays specified on the manufacturer’s package. Do not pour any remaining medication into another container. Follow the package instructions to unblock or clean the spray device. Avoid spraying the medication in your eyes or mouth.
Common Side Effects of Nasacort AQ Nasal Spray (Triamcinolone Acetonide):
- Mild stinging or burning in your nose
- Sneezing after use of the medicine
Serious Side Effects of Nasacort AQ Nasal Spray (Triamcinolone Acetonide):
- Blurry vision
- Body aches
- Eye pain
- Flu symptoms
- Seeing halos around lights
- Tunnel vision
Forms and Strength
Nasacort AQ Nasal Spray (Triamcinolone Acetonide) is available in the following forms and strength:
Nasacort AQ Nasal Spray: Nasal Spray
- Avoiding use if you have a nasal infection or have recently had sinus surgery.
- Informing your doctor if you have liver or kidney problems, tuberculosis, herpes infection of the eyes, or any other medical condition.
- Using with caution if you have a history of glaucoma or cataracts.
- Being cautious when using Nasacort AQ with other medications that suppress the immune system, such as corticosteroids, as this may increase the risk of infections.
- Taking steps to avoid exposing yourself to contagious diseases such as measles or chickenpox, which may be more severe in individuals using corticosteroids.
- Being cautious when using Nasacort AQ for an extended period or at high doses, as this may lead to serious side effects such as adrenal gland suppression.
- Being cautious when using other medications that increase the risk of osteoporosis, as corticosteroids can also increase this risk.
- Monitoring blood glucose levels closely if you have diabetes.
- Avoiding use during pregnancy unless necessary, as this medication may harm the developing fetus.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Can Nasacort AQ nasal spray be used by children?
Nasacort AQ is not recommended for children under 12 years of age. It should be used only under the guidance of a healthcare provider for children ages 12 to 17 years.
Can Nasacort AQ nasal spray be used during pregnancy or while breastfeeding?
Recommended that pregnant or breastfeeding women talk to their doctor before using Nasacort AQ nasal spray. While there is not enough data to establish its safety during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, corticosteroids are generally considered safe if used as prescribed.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Nasacort AQ nasal spray?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your regular dosing schedule. Do not use more than directed to make up for a missed dose.
Can Nasacort AQ nasal spray be used with other medications?
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about any other medications you are taking before using Nasacort AQ nasal spray, including prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Some medications may interact with Nasacort AQ and may not be safe to take together.
How should I store Nasacort AQ nasal spray?
Store Nasacort AQ at room temperature between 68°F to 77°F. Do not freeze. Keep the bottle tightly closed and protected from light. Discard the bottle after 120 sprays even if it is not completely empty.