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Nasalide

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(Generic versions may still be available.)

Nasalide Side Effects Center

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

Nasalide (flunisolide) nasal spray is a corticosteroid used to prevent and treat seasonal and year-round allergy symptoms (such as stuffy/runny nose, itchy eyes/nose/throat, sneezing). The brand name of this medication is discontinued, but generic versions may be available. Common side effects include temporary nose/throat dryness or irritation, cough, nosebleeds, sneezing, and unpleasant taste/smell.

For adults, the recommended starting dose of Nasarel is 2 sprays (58 mcg) in each nostril 2 times a day (total dose 232 mcg/day). Nasalide may interact with other corticosteroids. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. During pregnancy, Nasalide should be used only when prescribed. Rarely, infants born to mothers who have been using corticosteroids for a long time may have low levels of corticosteroid hormone. Tell your doctor if you notice symptoms such as persistent nausea/vomiting, severe diarrhea, or weakness in your newborn. It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Similar drugs pass into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Our Nasalide (flunisolide) Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is Patient Information Overview?

A concise overview of the drug for the patient or caregiver from First DataBank.

Nasalide Overview - Patient Information: Side Effects

SIDE EFFECTS: Temporary nose/throat dryness or irritation, cough, nosebleeds, sneezing and unpleasant taste/smell may occur. If any of these side effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but serious side effects occur: loss of taste or smell, pain/sores in your nose.

Rarely, it is possible that corticosteroids given in the nose will be absorbed into the bloodstream. This can lead to side effects of too much corticosteroid. These side effects are more likely in children and people who use this medication for a long time and in high doses. Tell your doctor right away if any of the following side effects occur: unusual/extreme tiredness, weight loss, headache, swelling ankles/feet, increased thirst/urination, vision problems.

Corticosteroids may weaken the body's ability to fight infections. This may make you more likely to get a serious (rarely fatal) infection or make any infection you have worse. This effect might also rarely occur with corticosteroids inhaled through the nose (such as flunisolide). The risk may be increased if high doses are used, especially when used for a long time. Tell your doctor immediately if you have any signs of infection (such as ear pain, persistent sore throat, fever, chills, white patches inside the nose or on the back of the throat).

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any of the following symptoms of a serious allergic reaction: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, wheezing/trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

In the US -

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

Read the entire patient information overview for Nasalide (Flunisolide (Nasal Spray))»

What is Prescribing information?

The FDA package insert formatted in easy-to-find categories for health professionals and clinicians.

Nasalide FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
(Adverse Reactions)

SIDE EFFECTS

The adverse events rates listed below are based on symptoms spontaneously reported in multidose controlled clinical trials in comparing NASAREL and NASALIDE (flunisolide (nasal spray)) for treatment of allergic rhinitis. In patients receiving NASAREL the most common adverse events were transient aftertaste (17%) and transient nasal burning and stinging (13%). These symptoms did not usually interfere with treatment.

Adverse Event Rates for NASAREL:

Incidence Greater than 1% (probably causally related)

Respiratory: Nasal burning/stinging (13%), epistaxis *, nasal dryness, pharyngitis, cough increased

Gastrointestinal: Nausea

Special Senses: Aftertaste (17%)

Incidence 1% or Less (probably causally related)

Respiratory: Hoarseness

Special Senses: Abnormal sense of smell

Incidence 1% or Less (causal relationship unknown) *

Respiratory: Sinusitis

Adverse Event Rates for NASALIDE (flunisolide (nasal spray)) :

Incidence Greater than 1% (probably causally related)

Respiratory: Nasal burning/stinging (44%), epistaxis *, nasal dryness *, pharyngitis *, cough increased

Gastrointestinal: Nausea

Special Senses: Aftertaste (8%)

Incidence 1% or Less (probably causally related)

Respiratory: Hoarseness, nasal ulcer

Incidence 1% or Less (causal relationship unknown)

Respiratory: Sinusitis
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*Incidence of reported reaction between 3% and 9%. Those reactions occurring in less than 3% of the patients are unmarked.
Reactions occurred under circumstances where the causal relationship has not been clearly established; they are presented as alerting information for physicians.
Cases of growth suppression have been reported for intranasal corticosteroids (including NASAREL) (see PRECAUTIONS, Pediatric Use section).

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