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NASACORT 55 MICROGRAMS/DOSE NASAL SPRAY SUSPENSION

Active substance(s): TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE

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5. HOW TO STORE NASACORT
• KEEP OUT OF THE SIGHT AND REACH OF
CHILDREN.
• Do not store above 25ºC.
• Following the first opening Nasacort should be
used within 2 months.
• Do not use Nasacort after the exipry date. This
is marked on the carton and the bottle after
EXP. The exipry date refers to the last day of
that month.
• If your doctor tells you to stop taking this
medicine, return any unused medicine to your
pharmacist (chemist) for safe disposal. Only
keep this medicine, if your doctor tells you to.
• Medicines should not be disposed of via
wastewater or household waste. Ask your
pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no
longer required. These measures will help to
protect the environment.
6. CONTENTS OF THE PACK AND OTHER
INFORMATION
What Nasacort contains
• The active substance is triamcinolone
acetonide. Each 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-adjustment).
What Nasacort looks like and the contents of
the pack
Nasacort is a suspension in a white plastic bottle
which has a pump. The bottle has a protective
blue cover to keep the nozzle clean and a blue
plastic clip to stop it from spraying accidentally.
Each bottle contains 120 doses.

Manufacturer and Licence Holder
This medicine is manufactured by Aventis Pharma,
Holmes Chapel, UK, 72 London Road, Holmes
Chapel, Crewe, Cheshire, CW4 8BE, United
Kingdom and is procured from within the EU and
repackaged by the Product Licence Holder: Lexon
(UK) Limited, Unit 18, Oxleasow Road, East
Moons Moat, Redditch, Worcestershire, B98 0RE.
If you have any questions or are not sure about
anything, ask your doctor or pharmacist. They will
have additional information about this medicine
and will be able to advise you.

POM
PL 15184/1463 - Nasacort 55 micrograms, Nasal
Spray Suspension
Nasacort is a registered trademark of Aventis
Pharma S.A.
Leaflet revision date: 30/05/14

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PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET

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Nasacort 55 micrograms/dose, Nasal Spray Suspension
triamcinolone acetonide

Read all of this leaflet carefully before you
start using this medicine because it contains
important information for you.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• If you have any further questions, ask your
doctor or pharmacist.
• This medicine has been prescribed for you only.
Do not pass it on to others. It may harm them,
even if their signs of illness are the same as
yours.
• If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or
pharmacist. This includes any possible side
effects not listed in this leaflet. See Section 4
Your medicine is called Nasacort 55
micrograms/dose, Nasal Spray Suspension but will
be referred to as Nasacort throughout the rest of
the leaflet
What is in this leaflet
1. What Nasacort is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you use
Nasacort
3. How to use Nasacort
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Nasacort
6. Contents of the pack and other information
1. WHAT NASACORT IS AND WHAT IT IS
USED FOR
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.
2. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU
USE NASACORT
Do not use Nasacort:
• 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.
Warning and precautions
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.
If you are not sure if any of the above apply to
you, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before
using this medicine.
Children (under 6 years)
This medicine is not recommended for use in
children under 6 years of age.
Operations or times of stress
Your doctor may advise you to take a higher than
normal dose of this medicine for medical reasons.
If your dose is increased, tell your doctor if you are
going to have an operation or are feeling unwell.
This is because higher than normal doses of this
medicine can lower your body's ability to heal or
cope with stress. If this happens, your doctor may
decide you need further treatment with another
medicine to help.

Other medicines and Nasacort
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking,
have recently taken or might take any other
medicines. This is because Nasacort can affect
the way some other medicines work. Also some
medicines can affect the way Nasacort works.
Pregnancy, breast-feeding and fertility
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.
Driving and using machines
Nasacort has no or negligible influence on the
ability to drive or use machines.
Nasacort contains benzalkonium chloride
which can be an irritant and may cause skin
reactions
3. HOW TO USE NASACORT
NASACORT is for nasal use only.
Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor
has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist
if you are not sure. The medicine only works if it is
used regularly. It can take 3 to 4 days before you
notice your symptoms getting better.
How much Nasacort to use
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
How to use the spray
Before using your nasal spray, blow your nose
gently to clear your nostrils.

1. Preparing the bottle
• Remove the blue cover by
pulling upwards
• Pull off the blue plastic clip
• Shake the bottle gently before
use

Cleaning the spray
If the spray does not work, the nozzle may
be blocked. Never try to unblock it or enlarge the
tiny spray hole with a pin or other sharp objects.
This is because it can stop the spray from
working.
The nasal spray should be cleaned at least once a
week. It can be cleaned more often if it gets
blocked.

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
• Press the blue plastic clip back into place to
stop accidental release of the spray
• Replace the blue cover over the nozzle
If the nasal spray has not been used for more
than 2 weeks:
• 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

Instructions for cleaning the spray:
1. Remove the blue cover
2. Gently pull off the spray nozzle
only
3. Soak the blue cover and spray
nozzle in warm water for a few
minutes
4. Rinse under the cold running
tap water
5. Shake or tap to remove any
water that is left
6. Allow to dry in the air
7. Re-fit the spray nozzle
8. Prime the nasal spray until a fine mist is formed
9. Use as normal
If you use more Nasacort than you should
It is important that you take your dose as stated on
the pharmacist's label or as advised by your doctor. You should use only as much as your doctor
recommends; using more or less may make your
symptoms worse.
An overdose is unlikely to cause problems,
however, if you have taken the entire contents of
the bottle by mouth you may have stomach or gut
discomfort. Talk to a doctor if you use more
Nasacort than you should.
If you forget to use Nasacort
If you have forgotten to use Nasacort, use it as
soon as you remember. Do not use a double dose
to make up for a forgotten dose.
If you stop using Nasacort
If you stop using this medicine, your symptoms
may return within a few days.
If you have any further questions on the use of
this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side
effects, although not everybody gets them.

Stop using Nasacort and see a doctor or go to
a hospital straight away if:
• you have an allergic reaction to Nasacort. The
signs (frequency not known) may include: a rash
(hives), itching, swallowing or breathing
problems, swelling of your lips, face, throat or
tongue.
Common side effects (may affect up to 1 in 10
people)
• Runny nose, headache, sore throat and/or
cough
• Nosebleeds
• Inflammation/irritation of the airways (bronchitis)
• Heartburn or indigestion
• Flu-like symptoms (fever, muscle pain, weakness
and/or fatigue)
• Problems with teeth
Other side effects (Not known: frequency cannot
be estimated from the available data)
• Irritation and dryness on the inside of your nose
• Sinuses become congested or blocked
• Sneezing
• Changes in the way things taste or smell
• Feeling sick (nausea)
• Sleeping problems, feeling dizzy or tired
• Shortness of breath (dyspnoea)
• A decrease in the levels of cortisol in the blood
(lab value)
• Cloudiness of the lens in the eye (cataract),
elevated pressure inside the eyeball (glaucoma)
In some people, Nasacort can cause damage to
the middle part of the inside of the nose (called
‘nasal septum’). Discuss any worries you may
have about this with your doctor or pharmacist.
Additional side effects in Children
If your child has been using this medicine, it can
affect how fast your child grows. This means that
your doctor will need to regularly check your
child's height and therefore your doctor may lower
the dose. In addition, your doctor may consider
referring your child to a paediatric specialist.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor,
pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible
side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also
report side effects directly via the Yellow Card
Scheme at www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard.
By reporting side effects, you can help provide
more information on the safety of this medicine.
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