What is Patanase?
Patanase Nasal Spray is a prescription used to treat seasonal allergies. In medical terms, Patanase is described as an H1 Receptor Antagonist. Basically, this means that Patanase is an antihistamine that blocks allergy symptoms. Patanase is unlike Nasonex, Flonase and Rhinocort which are steroidal nasal sprays. These older prescription, steroidal allergy medications have have been on the market for quite a number of years, and I have a little bit of experience with all of them. Patanase was approved for market by the FDA in April of 2008, making it the newest prescription, nasal allergy spray on the market. What all of the other steroidal prescription nasal, allergy sprays have in common is that they need to be used for a few days or more before they become effective at reducing seasonal allergy symptoms. Unlike an over-the-counter antihistamine which goes to work on your allergy symptoms within an hour, these prescription steroidal nasal sprays require regular use for 1-2 weeks before they become effective at blocking your allergies. Steroidal sprays, seemed well suited for people like me whose allergies persist through every season. They are used to prevent allergy symptoms over long periods of time. One of their advantages is is that they do not cause the drowsiness associated with over-the-counter antihistamines. Patanase, on the other hand, will go to work right away on your stuffy or sneezy nose, without the risk associated with long-term side effects of nasal steroids. The other over-the-counter choice for nasal allergies
are Decongestant Nasal Sprays which have short-term side effects that are even worse than antihistamines. Prolonged use of these decongestant nasal sprays will almost always result in an addictive, chronic stuffy nose. Once you’ve started using a decongestant nasal spray, it is extremely hard to break the habit. Over-the-counter antihistamines are a choice that should never be used if you plan on being active or need to stay awake. Most of us just can’t function during the day when using these non-prescription types of antihistamines. I frequently suffer from sinus congestion regardless of the season or time of year. When I first heard about Patanase I was curious as to how it compared to these other prescription nasal sprays. How effective is Patanase at relieving allergy symptoms and what kinds of side effects or long term risks are associated with using this new, allergy drug?
Patanase vs Nasonex
I have shamelessly used Nasonex regularly for several years to help keep my nose clear enough to sleep at night. Knowing that it is never a good idea to use any drug for a prolonged period of time, I finally weened myself of Nasonex about a month ago. I made the decision when my doctor finally refused to refill my prescription without a check-up. Having been off of Nasonex for a few weeks now, I’ve realized that there are many night when I can breathe well enough without the help of any drugs at all, thanks mostly to the alkalol sinus rinse, described here: Alkalol Sinus Remedy. I often wondered if there was something else I could take on a short-term, as needed basis, that wouldn’t be addictive or have long term side effects. That’s when I discovered Patanase. Patanase is advertised as a fast-acting, long-last, non-steroidal allergy reducer for adults 12-years of age and older. Like any drug, there are some described side effects such as bloody nose, dizziness, sleepiness, etc. However, unlike steroidal nasal sprays, Patanase does not have to be used regularly to be effective. In fact, Patanase can be used as needed just like any over-the-counter spray or antihistamine pill. The recommended dosage for Patanase is two sprays per day in each nostril twice a day as opposed to two sprays per nostril once a day for Nasonex. The makers of Patanase indicate that two sprays in each nostril should provide prompt relief of allergy symptoms within 30 minutes. If that is truly the case, then the big advantage Patanase has over Nasonex is that you don’t have to continue taking it everyday to prevent allergy symptoms. Instead, you can use Patanase only when your allergy symptoms act up and your nasal passages require some relief.
Patanase Side Effects
I can say with absolute certainty that any and all drugs have side effects that are understated by doctors and drug companies. Prolonged use of Nasonex, for example, was causing my nose to bleed and even making me feel slightly edgy. Antihistmines like Claritin and Alavert make me feel a little drowsy and depressed. When I asked my doctor about these side effects a few years ago, he referred to a chart which indicated that an insignificantly small number of people experience these symptoms (less than 1%). I have a hard time believing this because many people I know describe the same side effects. If there is one big minus for Patanase, it’s that it has a rather daunting side effect list. While none of the side effects seem serious, a significantly large number of users sampled (12%) reported bitter taste in the mouth. I imagine that this particular side effect is one that would bother me. If they say 12%, my guess is at least half of the people are noticing this. Other, less frequent side effects include headaches, bloody nose, sores in the nose, and the most serious; a hole in the nasal septum. Because this is not a drug that you take all the time, I am willing to put up with a few of the side effect risks associated with Patanase.
Does Patanase Nasal Spray Really Work?
Patanase is recommended for seasonal allergies. My allergies are random, unpredictable and seem to persist throughout all four seasons; spring, summer, fall and winter. I believe, however, that my symptoms are still the result of the same kinds of things that irritate seasonal allergy sufferers. Because Patanase is an antihistamine, it should be able to prevent the symptoms associated with my year long allergies that stuff up my nose and make it hard to sleep at night. Patanase is something I could spray in my nose to get fast relief from the stuffiness, associated with these seasonal allergies that bother me at night. Sudafed is very effective at clearing up my nose, but it also keeps me awake at night. In the past, I’ve used antihistamines before I go to bed to stop them from occurring, and that seems to be a pretty effective way to keep allergies at bay. However, there were two problems with the antihistamine tablets: One, I don’t want to be taking them everyday. Two, they aren’t really effective at reducing my most prominent symptom which is a stuffy nose. My big question about Patanase is whether or not it is a good short-term solution for clearing a stuffy nose in the middle of the night. According to the drug company’s website, a stuffy nose and sinus pressure are among the symptoms that Patanase does address. I have no doubt that Patanase is very effective at treating the seasonal allergies most people suffer, but how will it do with my chronic problem with night time nasal congestion? I will be making a trip to the doctor this week to ask for a Patanase Prescription and find out. I will use Patanase for a couple of weeks before I present you with my verdict on how well it works. Please check back soon. Meanwhile, those of you who have used or are using Patanase, please leave us some feedback in the comment section.
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