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Steroid Nasal Sprays. Is Nasacort Safe?

Ingredients in Nasacort

Active ingredient (in each spray) Triamcinolone acetonide (glucocorticoid) 55 mcg 

Inactive ingredients

benzalkonium chloride, carboxymethylcellulose sodium, dextrose, edetate disodium, hydrochloric acid or sodium hydroxide, microcrystalline cellulose, polysorbate 80, purified water.

This article is highlighting Nasacort specifically, but all nasal steroid sprays should be considered only for very short term use, if at all, given the unwanted ingredients and known side effects. Flonase is another product of concern.

Side Effects from Nasacort

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  • Extreme anxiety
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Headache
  • Tinnitus
  • Thrush
  • Nausea
  • Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Diarrhea
  • Rash

Addiction and Overuse of Nasal Sprays

In 2014, researchers found that out of 895 participants with nasal congestion, half overused their medication. Steroid nasal sprays can damage tissue inside the nose. Chronic inflammation and stuffiness can result – probably why you bought the drug in the first place.

Steroid nasal sprays can bring relief temporarily but they do not get at the root cause of the problem.

Alternatives to Steroid Nasal Spray

Mayo Clinic found that 96% of sinusitis is caused by fungal infections. Antibiotics and steroid nasal sprays will not help solve the problem. Neil Nathan, MD and Wayne Anderson, ND, have found that silver can often be a helpful treatment for those dealing with colonizing molds, especially in the sinuses. 

Natural Relief for Sinus Infections

I have written about using colloidal silver nasal spray and other natural options to support the respiratory system, here.