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New Prescription Nasal Spray Treats Eye Allergies

By May 6, 2007

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The first new nasal spray on the market in years has just been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Veramyst (fluticasone furoate), from the makers of Flonase, is approved to treat seasonal and year-round allergies in adults and children older than 2 years of age. In addition, Veramyst has been shown to treat eye allergies in children 12 years and older.

Unlike Flonase, which many people don't like due to the flowery smell, Veramyst is scent-free. And, Veramyst has a mist-release button on the side of the container, making it easier to keep the nozzle inside the nose while using the medication. All other prescription nasal sprays currently use a pump device on the top of the container, making it more difficult to keep the nozzle in place during medication delivery.

Veramyst is expected to be available by prescription later this month. See the patient information for Veramyst.

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April 28, 2008 at 9:15 pm
(1) Jada says:

I’ve taken Flonase before, and yes it does have a flowery smell, but my main concern with it was the dependance factor. How does “Veramyst” rate in that area? I’ve been taking an all-natural, over-the-counter nasal spray called Oasis nasal spray. It’s working great, unlike all the prescription nasal sprays I’ve taken in the past. And more importantly it IS NOT addictive.

March 24, 2009 at 3:21 am
(2) cindy says:

While pure saline isn’t addictive, it hardly touches some moderate and severe allergy sufferers such as myself, especially if you’re exposed to allergens regularly. I didn’t find Flonase addictive, but the smell was not pleasant, as well as the taste. I’m glad there is new an improved version that helps with eye allergies also. Saline rinses help a lot to keep the nasal passages clean too.

April 7, 2010 at 9:49 am
(3) kaci says:

Saline sprays help to remove allergens from the nasal passage and that does help. I use Simply Saline to help with my allergies; however, it doesn’t help with the total problem. A prescription nasal spray is often needed for those who have more serious allergies, like myself. Sprays like Flonase help because it helps with inflammation caused by severe allergies. I have never found my nasal spray to be addictive in anyway.

December 6, 2010 at 12:07 am
(4) Darren says:

I love the smell of Flonase.

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