NASACORT HFA SUMMARY
Triamcinolone acetonide, USP, the active ingredient in Nasacort® HFA Nasal Aerosol, is a glucocorticosteroid.
Nasacort HFA Nasal Aerosol is indicated for the treatment of the nasal symptoms of allergic rhinitis (seasonal and perennial) in adults and children 6 years of age and older.
Safety and effectiveness of Nasacort HFA Nasal Aerosol in children below 6 years of age have not been adequately established.
PATIENT'S INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE
Please read these instructions carefully before using your
Nasacort® HFA Nasal Aerosol.
Before each use of Nasacort® HFA Nasal Aerosol, gently blow your nose, making sure your nostrils are clear. Then follow these steps:
The Nasacort® HFA Nasal Aerosol device (canister and actuator assembly) is supplied with a protective cap in a pouch. Tear open the pouch and discard it before using the Nasacort HFA Nasal Aerosol device. Remove the white protective cap from the device prior to use. The canister and actuator are designed to be used together. Do not remove the canister from the actuator during regular use of the product.
Figure 1: Nasacort HFA Nasal Aerosol device with protective cap
Shake the device well.
The device must be primed prior to the first use. To prime, hold the device between your thumb and forefinger and press down on the canister to release one spray. Repeat this until you have released a total of 3 sprays. Now your device is primed and ready for use.
Re-priming of the device is only necessary when it has not been used for more than 3 days. To re-prime the device, shake it and release 3 sprays (as described in Step 3 above). Now the device is re-primed. There is no need to re-prime the device between more frequent uses.
To use, hold the device between your thumb and forefinger.
Tilt your head back slightly and insert the end of the actuator into one nostril, pointing it slightly toward the outside nostril wall away from the nasal septum, while holding your other nostril closed with one finger. Avoid spraying in eyes.
Press down on the canister to release one spray and, at the same time, inhale gently through the nostril.
Hold your breath for a few seconds, then breathe out slowly through your mouth.
Withdraw the device from your nostril.
Repeat the process in your other nostril.
NOTE: When the physician prescribes more than one spray per nostril, for each spray repeat steps 5 through 9.
Replace the white protective inhaler cap on the device.
NOTE: AVOID BLOWING YOUR NOSE FOR THE NEXT 15 MINUTES.
DOSAGE: Use only as directed by your physician.
The actuator of your Nasacort® HFA Nasal Aerosol should be cleaned weekly. Remove the white protective cap from the device. Remove the canister from the actuator. Clean the actuator
in lukewarm water. The use of soap, detergent, or disinfectant is not necessary. Allow the actuator to
dry completely. To replace the canister, gently center and insert the canister with the plastic stem downward into the small hole at the bottom of the actuator. Replace the white protective cap. The correct amount of medication delivered per actuation cannot be assured after 100 actuations have been dispensed (see dose check-off chart below). The Nasacort HFA Nasal Aerosol device should be discarded after 100 actuations. The canister and actuator (the device) are designed to be used together. Never use this canister or actuator with those from any other product.
NOTE: Nasacort® HFA Nasal Aerosol is not intended to give immediate relief of your nasal symptoms. Your particular symptoms may require regular use of this drug for a few days or more before improvement. Therefore, it is important that you use the Nasacort® HFA Nasal Aerosol regularly as recommended by your physician.
CAUTION: Contents under pressure. Do not puncture. Do not use or store near heat or open flame. Exposure to temperatures above 120°F may cause bursting. Never throw canister into fire or incinerator.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at Controlled Room Temperature 20 to 25°C (68 to 77°F) [see USP].
Rev. April 2004c
Aventis Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
Aventis Pharma Ltd.
Holmes Chapel, Cheshire CW4 8BE
How to check contents of your Nasacort® HFA Nasal Aerosol
Shaking your canister will NOT give you a good estimate of how much is left. We have included a convenient check-off chart to assist you in keeping track of medication sprays used. This will help assure that you receive the 100 "Full Sprays" of medication present.
Retain with medication or affix to convenient location.
Starting with spray #1, check off after each use.
- DISCARD MEDICATION AFTER 100 SPRAYS.
Your physician has determined that this product is likely to help your personal health. USE THIS PRODUCT AS DIRECTED, UNLESS INSTRUCTED TO DO OTHERWISE BY YOUR PHYSICIAN. If you have any questions about alternatives, consult with your physician.