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Brand Names: Nasarel

Generic Name: flunisolide nasal (Pronunciation: floo NIS oh lide)

What is flunisolide nasal (Nasarel)?

Flunisolide is a steroid. It prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation.

Flunisolide nasal is used to treat nasal symptoms such as congestion, sneezing, and runny nose caused by seasonal or year-round allergies.

Flunisolide nasal may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of flunisolide nasal (Nasarel)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • severe or ongoing nose bleed;
  • sores in the nose that won't heal; or
  • weakness, tired feeling, nausea, loss of appetite, weight loss.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • burning or stinging in your nose;
  • changes in your sense of smell;
  • minor nosebleed;
  • unusual taste after using the spray;
  • dry nose, cough, sore throat; or
  • hoarse voice.

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 the most important information I should know about flunisolide nasal (Nasarel)?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to flunisolide, or if you have any type of untreated infection in your nose or sinuses.

Before using flunisolide, tell your doctor if you have asthma, tuberculosis, herpes simplex infection of your eyes, sores or ulcers in your nose, or if you have recently had an injury of or surgery on your nose.

It may take up to several days of using flunisolide before your symptoms improve. Tell your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 3 weeks of treatment.

Steroid medicines can affect growth in children. Talk with your doctor if you think your child is not growing at a normal rate while using flunisolide nasal.

Avoid being near people who are sick or have infections. Call your doctor for preventive treatment if you are exposed to chicken pox or measles. These conditions can be serious or even fatal in people who are using steroid medication.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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