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Dymista Allergy Nasal Spray
Hay fever, also known as allergic rhinitis, is a condition that affects 20% of all people in the UK. It usually starts around late spring and can cause sneezing, blocked or runny noses, and itchy, red eyes.
Dymista is a prescription-only nasal spray that is proven to help relieve the symptoms of hay fever. Containing both an antihistamine and a steroid, Dymista is a popular choice for both medical professionals and patients in the treatment of hay fever.
What is Dymista?
Dymista is a dual-action nasal spray that relieves the symptoms of allergic rhinitis, also known as hay fever available on prescription from The Independent Pharmacy.
It contains an antihistamine called azelastine hydrochloride and a steroid called fluticasone propionate. These work together to fight the symptoms of hay fever by stopping and soothing the inflammation caused by dust and pollen.
Dymista nasal spray is manufactured by Mylan and is available in an easy to use bottle containing approximately 120 metered sprays. It can be used by adults and children over the age of 12years.
Is Dymista nasal spray a steroid?
One of the active ingredients in Dymista is a steroid called fluticasone propionate. This steroid reduces swelling in the passages in and around the nose to alleviate the symptoms of hay fever.
The steroid in Dymista nasal spray builds up an effect when used regularly, which means that it becomes more effective during regular use.
What is Dymista used for?
While Dymista is mainly used to treat hay fever it can also be used to treat year-round allergies, most commonly animals and house dust. The symptoms of allergic rhinitis include:
- a runny nose
- itchy, red eyes
How does Dymista work?
Dymista nasal spray contains both a corticosteroid and an antihistamine meaning it offers a powerful dual-action defence against symptoms of allergies affecting the nose and eyes.
Azelastine is a type of medicine called an antihistamine that acts on the immediate phase reaction of allergies to reduce itching, sneezing and running of the nose as well as to alleviate eye symptoms. propionate is a type of medication called a corticosteroid it acts on the later phase inflammatory reaction to reduce inflammation.
How long does Dymista stay in your system?
If possible, you should start using Dymista a few days before you expect to come into contact with known allergens. You may feel Dymista spray start to work as soon as 30 minutes after first taking it, but it may be several days before you feel the full benefits. The effects of Dymista generally wear off over 12 to 48 hours after use.
Dymista is an effective steroid nasal spray that is only available on prescription. Some people may want to try over-the-counter (OTC) medicines first to see if they effectively treat hay fever symptoms, rather than using a prescription-only treatment straight away.
There are lots of alternative hay fever medicines that can be used instead of — or in some cases, alongside — Dymista nasal spray.
These are some of the Dymista alternative treatments available here at The Independent Pharmacy:
- Over-the-counter antihistamine tablets - Piriton, Loratadine and Cetirizine
- Prescription antihistamine tablets - Telfast or Xyzal
- Over-the-counter steroidal nasal sprays - Pirinase or Beclometasone
- Prescription-only nasal sprays - Avamys, Flixonase, Rhinolast or Nasonex
- Eye drop solutions - Opticrom or Optilast
You can find the above medicines and more over on our hay fever treatments page. If you don’t see any positive results from the OTC products you are using, you may want to think about speaking to your doctor or pharmacist to try a stronger prescription medicine.
There are also some non-medicinal methods that can help you prevent and treat hay fever symptoms, such as:
- Wearing wraparound sunglasses to protect your eyes from pollen (or other irritants)
- Keeping all windows and doors closed on days with a high pollen count
- Minimising the time you spend outside on these days
- Keeping your car windows closed when driving
- Showering regularly to remove any trapped pollen from skin and hair
- Changing into new clothes if you’ve been outside
- Avoiding drying your clothes outside
These preventative methods can help to decrease hay fever symptoms and maybe enough for some people who suffer from hay fever. Others may need an effective medical treatment such as Dymista nasal spray to improve their condition.
Before using Dymista, consult with your doctor or pharmacist if you have ever had one or more of the following:
- Nose operation
- Untreated infection, particularly in your nose
- Liver disease
- Glaucoma and/or cataracts
- Impaired adrenal function
Dymista and other medicines
You should also consult with a GP or pharmacist if you have ever taken one or more of the following:
- HIV medicines e.g. ritonavir
- Antifungal medicines e.g. ketoconazole
Do not take other nasal steroidal medicines at the same time as Dymista.
Please read the Patient Information Leaflet thoroughly before use.
The recommended Dymista dosage for adults and children over 12 years: Use 1 spray in each nostril in the morning and evening, twice daily. This medicine is not recommended for children under 12 years.
- Shake the bottle gently for 5 seconds and then remove the protective cap.
- Blow your nose to clear your nostrils.
- Keep your head tilted downwards towards your toes.
- Hold the bottle upright and carefully insert the spray tip into one nostril.
- Close your other nostril with your finger, rapidly press down once and sniff gently at the same time.
- Breathe out through your mouth.
- Repeat in your other nostril.
You should not exceed the recommended Dymista dosage. Using more than this isn’t likely to cause any serious problems, but it may increase your chances of experiencing adverse side effects.
The active ingredients in Dymista spray are: 137 micrograms of Azelastine hydrochloride (an antihistamine) and 50 micrograms of Fluticasone propionate (a steroid).
Dymista nasal spray also contains the following inactive ingredients: Disodium edetate, Glycerol, Microcrystalline cellulose, Carmellose sodium, Polysorbate 80, Benzalkonium chloride, Phenylethyl alcohol, Purified water.
Dymista side effects
The most common side effects associated with Dymista nasal spray are:
- A bitter or unpleasant taste or smell. This should go away if you have a soft drink after using the spray.
Uncommon side effects of Dymista can include:
- Mild irritation in the nose or throat
- Dryness in the nose or throat
If you experience any side effects not listed here or in the patient information leaflet, stop taking Dymista and consult your GP immediately.
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Dymista Nasal Spray FAQs
Dymista nasal spray is suitable for long term use, but only when it is actually required. Medical professionals will prescribe Dymista according to the severity of your condition.
There is no evidence that Dymista can cause weight gain. If you think are are gaining weight as a result of taking Dymista, speak to your GP.
Dymista does not cause diarrhoea. If you experience diarrhoea after taking Dymista, talk to your GP or pharmacist.
Dymista can cause soreness or dryness in the throat or mouth. If this continues, speak to your GP or pharmacist.
In very rare cases, Dymista can lead to dry, red or painful eyes. If this symptom persists, speak to your doctor.
No - Dymista contains both an antihistamine and a steroid. Flonase contains only a steroid.
If you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant, speak to your doctor before taking Dymista nasal spray.
If you are breastfeeding, first talk to your GP before using Dymista.
Dymista is not known to cause depression. If you think are are suffering depression as a result of taking Dymista, speak to your GP.
Alcohol can worsen or increase the chance of experiencing side effects of Dymista. However, drinking in moderation whilst using Dymista spray should not cause a problem.