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Understanding Allergy and Hay Fever Medications (cont.)

Anticholinergic Nasal Sprays

Ipratropium bromide (Atrovent) is a prescription medication that can be used to reduce runny nose.

  • How anticholinergic nasal sprays work: When sprayed into each nostril, anticholinergic nasal sprays decrease secretions from the glands lining the nasal passage. This diminishes the symptom of runny nose.
  • Who should not use these medications: Individuals who are allergic to any components of the nasal spray should not take this drug.
  • Use: The usual dosage is one to two sprays in each nostril two to three times per day. This is not typically used as a first-line drug in the treatment of hay fever but may be useful in some cases for severe and uncontrollable runny nose.
  • Drug or food interactions: Since this spray has little or no effect beyond the area applied, it is unlikely to interact with other drugs.
  • Side effects: Anticholinergic nasal sprays may cause an excessively dry nose, thereby causing nosebleeds or irritation.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/6/2014

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