Dymista Warnings and Precautions
Some people who use Dymista may have an increased risk for complications, including those who have glaucoma, herpes, or sores on the inside of the nose. There are a number of other precautions for using Dymista safely, including warnings for people who are taking certain medications and women who are pregnant or nursing.
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using Dymista™ (azelastine/fluticasone nasal spray) if you have:
- Recently had nasal surgery
- Sores or injury to the inside of your nose
- Not had chickenpox or the measles (or have not been vaccinated against them)
- Tuberculosis, herpes, or any other infections
- Glaucoma or cataracts
- Any allergies, including to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
You should also tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Specific Precautions and Warnings With DymistaSome warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to using this nasal spray include the following:
- Dymista can cause drowsiness due to the antihistamine component. This could possibly interfere with your ability to drive or operate heavy machinery safely.
- Dymista contains fluticasone, a steroid that may suppress the immune system. Although this is more likely to occur with oral steroids, it is still possible with nasal steroids. Taking steroids may put you at a higher risk for infections. Certain infections, such as chickenpox or the measles, may be more dangerous if you are using Dymista. Let your healthcare provider know right away if you are exposed to chickenpox or the measles if you have not had these infections and have not been vaccinated against them.
- In rare cases, Dymista can lead to yeast infections in the nose and throat as a result of suppression of the immune system.
- If you are switching from an oral steroid to Dymista, which contains a nasal steroid, your healthcare provider should slowly decrease your dose of the oral steroid. Stopping an oral steroid too quickly can be quite dangerous.
- This medication can suppress the body's ability to make natural steroids. This usually happens when too much Dymista is used, or when a drug interaction with Dymista occurs, causing the body to be exposed to higher-than-normal levels of fluticasone. In such circumstances, Dymista should be stopped gradually to give your body a chance to begin making natural steroids again.
- Like all steroids, Dymista may slow down the growth rate of children and teenagers. Contact your child's healthcare provider if you are concerned about a slow growth rate in your child.
- Before starting Dymista, tell your healthcare provider if you currently have any type of infection. Also, let him or her know if you have ever had tuberculosis or a herpes infection of the eye; this drug may weaken the immune system, allowing these infections to worsen.
- Corticosteroids, including Dymista, can slow healing. Therefore, if you have had recent nasal surgery or nasal sores, you should wait until healing has occurred before using Dymista. Also, corticosteroids can cause nosebleeds and nasal sores or irritation.
- Nasal steroids, including Dymista, may increase the risk of glaucoma or cataracts. If you already have glaucoma or cataracts, you may need to be monitored more closely.
- Dymista may react with other medications (see Dymista Drug Interactions).
- Dymista is a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that it may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are currently unknown (see Dymista and Pregnancy).
- It is unknown if the active ingredients in Dymista pass through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to using the product (see Dymista and Breastfeeding).