Question: My doctor prescribed Vancenase AQ nasal spray for me to use every day to control stuffiness and other allergic reac-tions. But you have advised not to use nasal products for more than thee days. Does that advice apply to my medication?
Answer: No. That caution concerned nasal decongestants, such as those containing phenylephrine (Neo-Symephrine, Nostril), oxy-metazoline (Afrin, Neo-Synephrine 12 Hour), or xylometazoline (Inspire, Otrivin). Decongestant sprays can actually worsen con-gestion after a few days. The drug you’re taking, beclomethasone (Beconase AQ, Vancenase AQ), is a nasal steroid, which contronls allergic symptoms by a different mechanism, takes up to a week t start working, and doesn’t cause “rebound congestion.” Steroid sprays can irritate nasal passages, but that may be prevented by aiming the nozzle properly or by first using a saline spray.
SULFITES ON THE LABEL
Question: Why do the labels of wine bottles include the phrase “contains sulfites” ? Do sulfites have some harmful effect?
Answer: Some people most of theme asthmatics are allergic to sulfites compounds, which have long been used as preservatives in wines. Federal regulations have required the labeling since 1987.
Question: I suffer from hay-fever types of allergies (sneezing, sinus headache, watery eyes) and have found that taking one Drixoral each night helps relieve those symptoms the follow-ing day. Should I be concerned that taking this for a long time will cause side effects?
Answer: Drixoral Cold and Allegry, an over-the-counter drug that’s a long-acting combination of the decongestant pseudoephedrine and an antihistamine, has few long-term side effects. Some of the short=term effects, such as sedation, may even lessen with continued use. But by using a fixed-dose combination drug you may be taking more than what is needed to treat your allergy symptoms. If sneezing and watery eyes are your main problem, an antihistamine alone would usually suffice, and the decongestant ingredient in Drixoral would be unnecessary.
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