Nasal Corticosteroid Sprays for Snoring
These medicines require a prescription from your doctor.
How It Works
Why It Is Used
Nasal corticosteroid sprays are used when congestion is the cause of snoring and other treatment has not relieved the congestion.
How Well It Works
Nasal corticosteroid sprays effectively decrease congestion, so they may reduce snoring.
All medicines have side effects. But many people don't feel the side effects, or they are able to deal with them. Ask your pharmacist about the side effects of each medicine you take. Side effects are also listed in the information that comes with your medicine.
Here are some important things to think about:
Call your doctor if you have:
Common side effects of this medicine include:
Side effects of nasal corticosteroid sprays are rare and minimal, even after long periods of continuous use.
See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug Reference is not available in all systems.)
What To Think About
Corticosteroids are not the kind of steroids used for muscle building. People do not "bulk up" when using corticosteroids.
There has been some concern that nasal corticosteroid sprays may cause side effects in children, such as growth delay and behavioral disturbances. At the recommended doses, nasal corticosteroid sprays have not been shown to produce serious side effects. But because of these concerns, nasal corticosteroid sprays are used in children only when needed. Ask your doctor if corticosteroids are right for your child, and if so, which ones to use.
Medicine is one of the many tools your doctor has to treat a health problem. Taking medicine as your doctor suggests will improve your health and may prevent future problems. If you don't take your medicines properly, you may be putting your health (and perhaps your life) at risk.
There are many reasons why people have trouble taking their medicine. But in most cases, there is something you can do. For suggestions on how to work around common problems, see the topic Taking Medicines as Prescribed.
Advice for women
If you are pregnant, breast-feeding, or planning to get pregnant, do not use any medicines unless your doctor tells you to. Some medicines can harm your baby. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, herbs, and supplements. And make sure that all your doctors know that you are pregnant, breast-feeding, or planning to get pregnant.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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