Pirinase nasal spray can be used to treat the symptoms of allergic rhinitis (nose allergies) like hay fever and pet allergies. Some of these symptoms include:
- Itchy nose
- Runny nose
- Itchy eyes
- Blocked nose
- Sinus congestion
Pirinase nasal spray is suitable for anyone over the age of 18.
The active ingredient in Pirinase nasal spray is called fluticasone propionate, a kind of corticosteroid. Your body naturally produces corticosteroids from the adrenal gland. This hormone plays an important role in controlling your body’s allergic and inflammatory responses. Fluticasone propionate is a synthetic corticosteroid that can help to control your body’s natural responses to allergies, decreasing your symptoms. It does this by preventing cells within your nasal passage from releasing chemicals which create these symptoms.
Pirinase nasal spray usually takes three or four days to become fully effective. It should ideally be used a few days before you expect to have symptoms, for example, a few days before pollen season or if you will be coming into contact with an animal you are allergic to, such as cats.
When you are exposed to allergens you should use Pirinase nasal spray regularly to benefit as much as possible.
Always follow the instructions provided in the packaging information.
Shake Pirinase nasal spray gently before use. Do not spray any in your eyes. If you are using the spray for the first time you will need to prime the bottle by spraying into the air a few times, until the spray can be seen coming out. If the spray hasn’t been used for a couple of days it may need to be primed again before use.
Adults over the age of 18 should use Pirinase once a day, spraying each nostril twice. Once you experience benefits from Pirinase and your symptoms begin to decline, decrease the dose to one spray. The spray should ideally be used in the morning; however it can be used at any time if necessary.
You may use the spray twice a day if your symptoms are incredibly bad and the dose should be reduced as your symptoms improve.
You should always take the lowest dose required to control your symptoms. Never exceed the recommended dose.
It doesn’t matter if you miss a dose of Pirinase; however you should never take a double dose to make up for a missed one.
If you use Pirinase nasal spray for a week without seeing any improvement in your symptoms you should seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist.
If Pirinase nasal spray works for you then you can continue to use it for as long as you are exposed to the problem allergens. That being said, do not use it for more than three months at a time without speaking to a doctor or pharmacist.
It is possible to experience side effects when using Pirinase nasal spray, similar to the side effects of oral corticosteroids. Some side effects are possible if Pirinase is absorbed by into your bloodstream and include:
- Cushing’s syndrome
- Adrenal suppression
- Mental health problems
The chance of experiencing these side effects when using Pirinase nasal spray is very low, but will increase if using the spray for a prolonged period of time.
Pirinase nasal spray can be used in conjunction with antihistamines or other decongestant nasal sprays. Painkillers such as ibuprofen and paracetamol can also be used in conjunction with Pirinase nasal spray.
Some medications may decrease your body’s breakdown of fluticasone, increasing the risk of potential side effects, including:
- Protease inhibitors such as ritonavir for HIV infection
- The antifungals ketoconazole and itraconazole
If you have been prescribed any of the above, make sure to tell your doctor before using Pirinase nasal spray.
Fluticasone, the active ingredient in Pirinase nasal spray, is also available in Cutivate cream for eczema as well as Flixotide inhalers for asthma.
Many people are wary about using steriods, however those contained in nasal sprays like Pirinase are in exteremly low doses as they are being delivered exactly to where they are needed. This drastically reduces the chances of any adverse effects.