Along with antihistamine Ive been taking nasonex max dose 2 sprays twice a day (400mg daily) for 5 years to control nasal polyps and have read the side effects about it possible weakening the immune system. It advises to stay away from ppl with masels chickenpox but Ive started to work with children so just wondered how likely is it to weaken the immune system?
It it one of those things that nasonex have to put on the side effects to cover themselves or can a nasal spray really weaken the immune system?
Anyone know anything about nasonex/steroidnasal sprays? watch
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- 05-03-2013 22:38
- 06-03-2013 22:04
I'm not a doctor but to be honest I don't think you need to worry much. Steroids can suppress the immune system a bit because they prevent the body making some of the chemicals it uses to fight pathogens and can stop the white blood cells working as well. However you're just taking a nasal spray which is designed to pretty much stay in the area you're spraying it, as opposed to taking it as a pill which would then work throughout the whole body because the steroids go into the blood. It is possible for drugs given as nasal sprays to be absorbed into the blood, but this is probably unlikely, especially if you've been using it for five years and haven't noticed anything.
- 06-03-2013 22:07
Because of the rich vasculature in the nasal cavity the potential for systemic effects would be quite high... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nasal_administration
- 08-03-2013 14:39
I used to be on Nasonex and then was put on Avamys (which is amazing!) due to Vasomotor Rhinitis, and never had any problems when I was on it. I think you're only likely to be affected if you have a weakened immune system anyway from another medical problem. You should be OK working with children, but if you notice any change, go back and see your doctor.
Going slightly off the subject... How have you found being on Nasonex? When I was on it, I found that it didn't help whatsoever with my Rhinitis. My doctor prescribed Avamys and it is amazing! It's like I don't have Rhinitis anymore. No longer reaching for the tissues!