Nasacort contains a medicine called triamcinolone acetonide. This belongs to a group of medicines called corticosteroids which means it is a type of steroid. It is given as a spray in the nose to treat the nasal symptoms of allergic rhinitis.
Nasal symptoms of allergy include sneezing, itching, and having a blocked, stuffy or runny nose. These can be caused by things such as:
- Animal fur or house dust mites. This type of allergy can happen at any time of the year and is called ‘perennial allergic rhinitis’.
- Pollen. This type of allergy, such as hay fever, can be caused by different pollens in different seasons of the year. This is called ‘seasonal allergic rhinitis’.
This medicine only works if used on a regular basis and may not help your symptoms straight away. It helps some people within the first day of treatment, however, for other people it may take 3 to 4 days to feel a relief.
Adults and children (over 12 years)
- The usual starting dose is 2 sprays in each nostril each day
- Once the symptoms of allergy are under control, the dose may be lowered to 1 spray in each nostril each day
Children (6 to 12 years)
- The usual dose is 1 spray in each nostril each day
- If the symptoms do not go away, then the dose may be increased to 2 sprays in each nostril each day
- The dose can then be lowered again to 1 spray in each nostril each day
- Do not use Nasacort for more than 3 months in children under 12 years old
Before using your nasal spray, blow your nose gently to clear your nostrils.
1. Preparing the bottle
- Remove the cap by pulling upward
- Shake the bottle gently before use
2. If you are using the spray for the first time
- Hold the bottle upright
- Point the spray away from you while doing this
- Fill the pump with spray by pressing the nozzle downwards.
This is called priming
- Press and release it 5 times
- Do this until a fine spray is produced
- The spray is now ready to use
3. Using the spray
- Close one nostril with your finger
- Hold the bottle upright and put the nozzle into the other nostril as far as is comfortable
- Breathe in gently through your nose with your mouth closed
- While you are doing this, press the nozzle to deliver one spray
4. Then breath out through your mouth
5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 if you have to spray again in the same nostril and for the other nostril
6. After using the spray
- To keep the spray nozzle clean, wipe it carefully with a clean tissue or handkerchief after each use
- Replace the cap over the nozzle
- It needs to be primed again, to fill the nozzle with the spray
- The nozzle should be pointed away from you while you are doing this
- To prime, spray into the air once before use
- Always shake the bottle gently before use
- If you are allergic to triamcinolone acetonide or any of the other ingredients of this medicine (listed in section 6)
Signs of an allergic reaction to Nasacort include: a rash (hives), itching, swallowing or breathing problems, swelling of your lips, face, throat or tongue.
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using Nasacort:
- If you have any infection of the nose or throat that is not treated. If you get a fungal infection while using Nasacort, stop using the spray until the infection has been treated.
- If you have recently had a nose operation, or had an injury or ulcer in the nose.
- If you are being transferred from steroid injections or tablets to Nasacort spray.
- If you have had glaucoma or cataracts
Contact your doctor if you experience blurred vision or other visual disturbances.
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.
The active substance is triamcinolone acetonide. One delivered dose contains 55 micrograms of triamcinolone acetonide.
The other ingredients are:
- microcrystalline cellulose and carmellose sodium (dispersible cellulose)
- polysorbate 80
- purified water
- anhydrous glucose
- benzalkonium chloride (50% w/v solution)
- disodium edetate
- hydrochloric acid or sodium hydroxide (for pH-adjustme