Nasacort AQ Warnings and Precautions
Before you start using Nasacort AQ, warnings and precautions for the drug should be fully understood. You should tell your healthcare provider if you have any recent nasal sores or injuries, infections, or allergies before starting treatment. Nasacort warnings and precautions also extend to people who are allergic to any active or inactive components of the nasal spray.
You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Nasacort® AQ (triamcinolone nasal spray) if you have:
- Tuberculosis, herpes, or any other infections
- Not had chickenpox or the measles (and have not been vaccinated against them)
- Recently had nasal surgery
- Sores or injury to the inside of your nose
- Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking Nasacort AQ include the following:
- The medication can suppress the body's ability to make natural steroids. Usually, this happens when too much Nasacort AQ is taken. In such circumstances, the drug should be stopped very slowly to give your body a chance to begin making natural steroids again.
- If you are switching from an oral steroid to Nasacort AQ (which is a nasal steroid), your healthcare provider should slowly decrease your dose of the oral steroid. Stopping an oral steroid too quickly can be dangerous.
- As mentioned, Nasacort AQ is a nasal steroid and 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 taking Nasacort AQ. Let your healthcare provider know right away if you are exposed to chickenpox or the measles, especially if you have not had these infections and have not been vaccinated against them. In rare cases, Nasacort AQ can lead to yeast infections in the nose and throat as a result of its suppressive action on the immune system.
- Like all steroids, Nasacort AQ 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 Nasacort AQ, be sure to tell your healthcare provider if you have any type of infection. Also let your healthcare provider know if you have ever had tuberculosis or a herpes infection of the eye, as the medication may weaken the immune system, allowing these infections to become worse.
- Corticosteroids (such as Nasacort AQ) can slow down healing. Therefore, if you have had recent nasal surgery or nasal sores, you should wait until healing has occurred before using Nasacort AQ. Also, corticosteroids can cause nosebleeds and nasal sores or irritation.
- Nasacort AQ is considered a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that it may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are not currently known (see Nasacort AQ and Pregnancy).
- It is unknown whether triamcinolone (the active ingredient in Nasacort AQ) passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the drug (see Nasacort AQ and Breastfeeding).