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What should I know before using a corticosteroid nasal spray?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

If you have an ocular herpes simplex infection, an intranasal corticosteroid may not be a good option for you.

If you have moderate to severe liver impairment, fluticasone furoate may not be a good option for you.

If you have nasal ulcers, you should not take an intranasal corticosteroid until they have healed.

If you have tuberculosis, an intranasal corticosteroid may not be a good option for you.

Intranasal corticosteroids may not be a good option for women who are pregnant, planning a pregnancy, or may be pregnant. It is not known if they are safe for pregnant women.

If you have had recent nasal surgery, you should not take an intranasal corticosteroid until your nose has healed.

If you are breastfeeding, intranasal corticosteroids may not be a good option for you. It is not known if they can be passed into breast milk.

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