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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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Joe Graedon is a pharmacologist who has dedicated his career to making drug information understandable to consumers. His best-selling book, The People’s Pharmacy, was published in 1976 and led to a syndicated newspaper column, syndicated public radio show and web site. In 2006, Long Island University awarded him an honorary doctorate as “one of the country's leading drug experts for the consumer.”.
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