Veramyst is a prescription medicine that is used for treating seasonal and perennial nasal allergy symptoms. It has also been shown to improve eye allergy symptoms, such as itchy, red, and watery eyes. Veramyst comes in the form of a nasal spray that is generally used once a day. Side effects that have been reported with this medication include throat pain, headaches, and nosebleeds.
What Is Veramyst?
Veramyst™ (fluticasone furoate nasal spray) is a prescription medication approved to treat sneezing, runny or stuffy nose, and nasal itching due to allergies (known medically as allergic rhinitis) in adults and children as young as two years old. Veramyst can be used to treat both seasonal allergies and allergies that occur all year long (known as perennial allergies).
Allergies occur when the body's immune system reacts to a normally harmless substance -- one that does not bother most people. These immune system reactions are known as inflammation, and they involve several different types of cells and several different chemicals in the body.
Veramyst is a corticosteroid, or simply "steroid" for short. Steroids can have many different effects in the body, including anti-inflammatory effects. Steroids decrease inflammation by limiting the body's ability to produce an immune system reaction. They can be very effective for treating conditions such as allergies. However, long-term use of steroids can cause bothersome and sometimes serious side effects, and this limits the usefulness of many steroids. Because Veramyst is a nasal spray, its effects are generally limited to the nose. This helps prevent many of the long-term side effects of steroids.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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List of references (click here):
Veramyst [package insert]. Research Triangle Park, NC: GlaxoSmithKline;2007 April.
Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Electronic orange book: approved drug products with therapeutic equivalence evaluations. FDA Web site. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/cder/ob/. Accessed August 1, 2007.
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