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Does Nasonex Really Work?


I’ve been using Nasonex and other Corticosteroid Nasal Sprays for years. Unlike other nasal sprays, nasonex and other steroidal nasal sprays are not designed to give you immediate relief from a stuffy or irritated nasal passage due to allergies. Sprays like nasonex may take several days for you to start feeling the benefits. I can breathe just fine through my nose during the day. My problem has always been congestion while sleeping at night. A long term problem requires a long term solution. I’ve tried other, non-steroidal products like Patanase, which is more of a quick, allergy-relief form of a nasal antihistamine. I found out that Patanase is very good at relieving allergy symptoms as they occur but does not do much good for long-term stuffy, chronic nasal congestion while trying to sleep at night. Having suffered through a sinus infection last fall, I decided to go back to nasonex.  So, what is nasonex and how does it work?

What is Nasonex?

Nasonex is one of several brand of steroidal nasal sprays known as corticosteroids. corticosteroid nasal sprays work as other steroids do – by reducing inflammation in your nasal passages. It may take several days to several weeks to notice the full benefits of nasonex and other corticosteroid nasal sprays. Because nasonex and other steroidal nasal sprays work by reducing inflammation, the benefits are cumulative. That means that you have to continue taking corticosteroid nasal sprays for a long-term period before you experience the full relief from a stuffy nose. I am a little leery about using any drug for a long-term, consistent period of time, but if it helps me breathe and sleep at night, I’m certainly willing to give it a try.

How Well Does Nasonex Actually Work?

From my experience, nasonex works about as well as all of the other corticosteroid nasal spray brands: Rhinocort, Nasalcort, Flonase,  just to name a few of the most popular nasal steroid spray brands commonly prescribed by doctors. At one time or another I’ve tried all of these nasal steroid sprays for extended periods of times over the past 10-15 years and can honestly report that they all worked about the same for me. I probably prefer the nasonex because it has less of an unpleasant odor and aftertaste than the others. But,the real question is, do these nasal steroid sprays provide relief from a stuffy nose? My answer is, yes, but only partially. My experience with Nasonex and the rest of these sprays is that they seem to work quite well after about 7-10 days, but the beneficial effects seem to subside over time. Overall, I would rate them as 60% effective in helping me breath through my nose at night. The benefits seem to decline overtime. Without them, the difficulty in getting a good night’s sleep can be a whole other story for me. I decided to go back to nasal steroid sprays after having a very bad sinus infection. Why? Side effects. Is it possible to take any drug, long term without experiencing some side effects, which most of the time, are under-reported by the supportive medical studies?

Side Effects of Nasonex

I always suspected that these corticosteroid steroidal sprays might have something to do with insomnia and anxiety. Rather than go by medical studies, alone, it pays to see what other users have actually reported. Anxiety, insomnia, muscle aches, digestive problems and head aches are at the top of the list. Now, I realize that side-effects of any drug can be extremely hard to diagnose and accurately report. Those who are using these steroidal nasal sprays are taking them for a reason, so how can we distinguish the side effects from the original symptoms of the problem? Sinus headaches are obviously one side effect of a stuffy nose, and a lack of sleep can certainly cause one to feel anxiety, irritability and other symptoms the next day. So, how do we know what is causing what? There is no easy answer to that. No doctor or number of medical studies can decide for us when our bodies are experiencing side effects from any drug. My conclusion is that there is no such thing as a long-term drug that doesn’t come with some unpleasant consequences in the form of side effects. I’ve decided to once again ween myself from Nasonex and continue the natural remedies such as Alkalol and Neilmed Sinus Rinse. Whether insomnia is a side effect of the drug or not, what is the point in staying away a night worrying about a drug that is only 60% effective? For now, I’ll just say good night to another prescription allergy product.

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