Intranasal Steroids for Children With Allergic Rhinitis

Marcia L. Buck, Pharm.D., FCCP


Pediatr Pharm. 2001;7(5) 

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Intranasal steroids have traditionally been reserved for patients with severe allergic symptoms not controlled by antihistamines alone. Recently, the use of these agents as a first-line therapy has become more common, especially after the release of newer formulations requiring only once or twice daily dosing. In a recent consensus paper, the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology listed intranasal steroids as the most effective therapy in controlling the symptoms of allergic rhinitis.[1] There are currently six corticosteroids available in an intranasal dosage form: beclomethasone dipropionate, budesonide, flunisolide, fluticasone propionate, mometasone furoate, and triamcinolone acetate.[2,3,4,5,6]


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