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Alternatives To Vancenase Nasal Spray

Q. After 30 years of frequent and severe sinus infections, I was delighted when an allergist put me on Vancenase nasal spray. It afforded me great relief, and I've been using it since 1993.  

Last year there was a recall and Vancenase was unavailable for months. Schering (the manufacturer) had a problem with the formulation. I lived on Sudafed and Afrin until it was available again.  

Now it is on back order and I am desperate. Is there any other medicine similar to Vancenase?  

A. Vancenase nasal spray contains the cortisone-like compound beclomethasone. This same ingredient is found in the prescription spray, Beconase AQ. Your physician could prescribe this instead of Vancenase, or might select a different steroid nasal spray. There are now many to choose from, including Flonase (fluticosone), Nasacort (triamcinolone), Nasarel (flunisolide), Nasonex (mometasone) and Rhinocort Aqua (budesonide).  

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    I read info on nasacort aq and it talked about if you have eye herpes to talk to your doctor before using this nasal spray. What effects could that cause by using the spray?

    Generic Budesonide is available in a variety of strengths through Canadian pharmacies. You could contact someone for a comparable formula.
    For years I suffered terribly with nasal polyps only to be told surgery, though in my case very risky, was the only choice. Rhinocort (brand name for budesonide) is only supplied in 32 mcq and makes no mention of its use for polyps. But research and the pharmacological pamphlet shows that 400 mcq daily is effective to treat and prevent nasal polyps.
    Wish I’d had this source years ago. Instead I suffered chronic obstruction and loss of smell and many other symptoms. Hope other readers out there possibly using Vancanase for polyps will see this posting.

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