Relieves allergy symptoms. Nasacort Aq (Triamcinolone) is the only medication in its class available over the counter for treating stuffy and runny nose due to allergies. You have to use it every day for it to work. Clears your sinuses. Afrin (Oxymetazoline) clears stuffy noses well, but don't use it for more than 3 days in a row or your congestion could get worse. Reviews & ratings Everyone Men Women Filter group. All currently selected Everyone Men Women All ages 18-34 35-54 55+ Filter group. All currently selected All ages 18-34 35-54 55+ 4.84 Nasacort AQ
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FDA side effect reports for Afrin » How it works Nasacort AQ Afrin Nasacort Aq (Triamcinolone) is a nasal steroid. It works directly in your nose to help reduce swelling and inflammation from allergies. Afrin (Oxymetazoline) is a nasal decongestant. It reduces swelling in your nose to make breathing easier. Type of medication Nasacort AQ Afrin Prescription or OTC Prescription or OTC Available as Nasacort AQ Afrin Used for Nasacort AQ Afrin Risk factors for serious side effects Nasacort AQ Afrin › Long-term use › Surgery or trauma to the nose or sinuses › Exposure to immunizable diseases (chickenpox and measles) › Exposure to tuberculosis Detailed Nasacort Aq (triamcinolone) risks & warnings » › Using Afrin (Oxymetazoline) for more than 3 days › Women of childbearing age Detailed Afrin (oxymetazoline) risks & warnings »
Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.
The FDA hasn’t classified this medicine’s effects on unborn babies. Talk with your doctor about this medicine if you’re pregnant or planning on it.
Upsides and benefits Nasacort AQ Afrin › Available over the counter without a prescription. › First-choice medication for treating runny and stuffy noses caused by allergies. It works by reducing inflammation in the nose. › Because it's used directly where the inflammation is happening, it has fewer side effects than oral steroids do and has a lower chance of causing withdrawal symptoms once the medication is stopped. › It works right away and each dose provides relief for up to 12 hours. › Can use for nasal congestion caused by colds and allergies. › It only affects your nose, so there aren't too many other side effects. › Available as a nasal spray and a nasal mist. Downsides and risks Nasacort AQ Afrin › Can't be used on as-needed basis. Must be taken every day. › Doesn't have a counter on it, so it can be hard to remember how many sprays are left. › Since the medicine in Nasacort Aq (Triamcinolone) is a steroid, it can slow down your healing process if you've hurt your nose or had nose surgery. › Needs to be primed before use and re-primed if not used for more than 2 weeks. › Afrin (Oxymetazoline), like all other sprays used for stuffy noses, can make your congestion worse if you use it for more than 3 or 4 days in a row (called rebound-congestion). › Can cause temporary stinging, burning, or dryness in your nose. › Can't be used for kids younger than 6 years old. Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication Nasacort AQ Afrin › Use Nasacort Aq (Triamcinolone) once a day, following age-specific recommendations on how many sprays to use. Don't take more than prescribed. › Blow your nose before using. › Can cause thrush (a fungal infection) inside the nose and throat. › Can also cause nosebleeds, a sore throat, and headaches. › Needs to be used regularly during allergy season for it to work. It can take 1 to 2 weeks for the medicine to start working fully. › Check with your doctor or pharmacist on how to use the nasal spray the right way. › Shake well before using it. Before the first use, prime the bottle by spraying it until you see a fine mist. › Use 2 to 3 sprays in each nostril every 10 to 12 hours. Don't use Afrin (Oxymetazoline) more than two times a day. › Keep your head upright and don't tilt it back when spraying Afrin (Oxymetazoline) into your nose. › Breathe in with quick sniffs while spraying and wait a few minutes before blowing your nose. › Don't use Afrin (Oxymetazoline) for more than 3 days in a row since it can worsen your congestion after a few days of use. Learn more More about Nasacort AQ Side effects Reviews & ratings Alternatives FDA package insert More about Afrin Side effects Reviews & ratings Alternatives FDA package insert