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Suffering from acute rhinitis and nasal allergy. Flomist nasal spray and cetzine prescribed. Are these safe medications?

Good evening doctor,I am from India,New delhi region.I am 46 years male.I had a problem of acute rhinitis and nasal allergy and suffered very badly for many years leading to acute sinusitis and almost the need for sinus operation. A doc prescribed me Flomist nasal spray two times a day in each nostril to start with and then once a day as a maintenance dose.This is going on for last 3 years.I was also prescribed cetrizine tabs which i take regularly even now once a day. As a result of this treatment my probs are 95 % over unless I get exposed to severe dust/smoke. My Q : 1. Is Flowmist at this low dosage safe to continue?I heard this is a steroid and should not be taken for long intervals 2. is cetrizine safe? 3. Should I stop this treatment now that I am much better. Thanks in advance for your revert doctor. Regards
Asked On : Mon, 10 Sep 2012
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Flomist nasal spray and cetrizine are safely used in nasal allergy and you have shown satisfactory response to it. Flomist is a steroid but since it is a spray very little quantity actually enters the blood, hence side effects are minimal. You may nicely clean your nose after using the spray say 10 to 15 min later. Since you are better now you may try withdrawing the medicine gradually preferrably under supervision of your ENT specialost.
Answered: Thu, 13 Sep 2012
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