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All About Omnaris (ciclesonide) Nasal Spray

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Updated June 16, 2010

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All About Omnaris (ciclesonide) Nasal Spray

Congestion Treated by Omnaris

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What Omnaris Nasal Spray Is Used For:

Omnaris (ciclesonide) nasal spray is used to treat the nasal symptoms of allergies, such as: sneezing, runny or itchy nose and congestion.

Omnaris is an intra-nasal steroid that targets the inflammation in your nose. The manufacturer claims that Omnaris can control these symptoms for up to 24 hours. It can control symptoms caused by indoor allergies such as dust, pet dander and mold, as well as outdoor allergies caused by pollen, grass, weeds etc.

Who Can Use Omnaris:

Omnaris can be used by healthy persons suffering from allergies who have never had an allergic reaction to ciclesonide or a product containing ciclesonide.

Omnaris is available by prescription. Before using Omnaris, consult your doctor and pharmacist about existing health conditions and other medications you are taking.

Who Should Not Use Omnaris:

According to manufacturer studies, Omnaris only enters the blood stream in very small amounts, so body-wide side effects should be rare. More studies are needed, but those that have been done have shown that Omnaris can cause symptoms of adrenal insufficiency (when the adrenal glands don't produce the proper amount of steroid hormones).

Long-term use can cause symptoms associated with the use of steroids including dependence, joint and muscle pain and depression. Omnaris should be used with caution in patients who are already taking steroid medications, pregnant or nursing women and small children.

Side Effects of Omanaris:

Studies show that the most common side effects of Omanaris include headache, bloody nose, nasopharyngitis, and ear pain.

A Note About Rebound Congestion:

Rebound congestion is a condition associated with frequent use of nasal sprays and is sometimes referred to as an addiction. For this reason, nasal sprays should be used sparingly.

Source:

Omnaris.com. Prescribing Information. Accessed: June 2, 2010 from http://www.omnaris.com/OMNARIS-Prescribing-Information.pdf

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