Better Health: Smart Health Commentary Better Health (TM): smart health commentary

Article Comments (1)

New Nasal Spray Is The First Of Its Kind

Meda Pharmaceuticals has announced a new nasal spray “Dymista” that contains both a steroid and an anti-histamine active ingredient. Why is this significant? It’s because it’s the first and only one to do so. Of course, it’s not available yet until the FDA approves it, but at least it has shown effectiveness in Phase 3 clinical trials.

At this time, nasal sprays as it relates to nasal allergies come in two separate flavors:

1) Steroid Nasal Spray (flonase, nasonex, nasacort, rhinocort, veramyst, omnaris, etc, etc)
2) Anti-Histamine Nasal Spray (patanase, astepro, astelin)

This new combo nasal spray “Dymista” contains fluticasone and azelastine. Fluticasone is a steroid that is also found in flonase nasal spray whereas azelastine is an anti-histamine also found in astepro and astelin nasal sprays.

Clinical trials in the past have shown that using a steroid nasal spray and an anti-histamine nasal spray was more effective than using one or the other individually.

Similarly, Dymista has also been found to be better than either nasal spray alone, but with the convenience of using a single nasal spray.

Look for it in the near future! Let’s just hope insurance will cover it however.

Read the press release here.

Reference:
Onset of Action of MP29-02 in the Treatment of Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis. J Allergy Clin Immunol 2011; 127; 2; Abstracts 199

MP29-02 in the Treatment of Nasal Symptoms of Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis. J Allergy Clin Immunol 2011; 127; 2; Abstracts 199

Combination therapy with azelastine hydrochloride nasal spray and fluticasone propionate nasal spray in the treatment of patients with seasonal allergic rhinitis. Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, 2008, vol. 100, no. 1, pp. 74 – 81.

*This blog post was originally published at Fauquier ENT Blog*


You may also like these posts

Read comments »


One Response to “New Nasal Spray Is The First Of Its Kind”

  1. A lot of women make the mistake of excess douching whenever they have fishy
    odour, not knowing that this can actually worsen the infection.

    That is not to say that it is still not being used.
    Take advantage of this time to take really good care of yourself.

Return to article »

Latest Interviews

IDEA Labs: Medical Students Take The Lead In Healthcare Innovation

It’s no secret that doctors are disappointed with the way that the U.S. healthcare system is evolving. Most feel helpless about improving their work conditions or solving technical problems in patient care. Fortunately one young medical student was undeterred by the mountain of disappointment carried by his senior clinician mentors…

Read more »

How To Be A Successful Patient: Young Doctors Offer Some Advice

I am proud to be a part of the American Resident Project an initiative that promotes the writing of medical students residents and new physicians as they explore ideas for transforming American health care delivery. I recently had the opportunity to interview three of the writing fellows about how to…

Read more »

See all interviews »

Latest Cartoon

See all cartoons »

Latest Book Reviews

Book Review: Is Empathy Learned By Faking It Till It’s Real?

I m often asked to do book reviews on my blog and I rarely agree to them. This is because it takes me a long time to read a book and then if I don t enjoy it I figure the author would rather me remain silent than publish my…

Read more »

The Spirit Of The Place: Samuel Shem’s New Book May Depress You

When I was in medical school I read Samuel Shem s House Of God as a right of passage. At the time I found it to be a cynical yet eerily accurate portrayal of the underbelly of academic medicine. I gained comfort from its gallows humor and it made me…

Read more »

Eat To Save Your Life: Another Half-True Diet Book

I am hesitant to review diet books because they are so often a tangled mess of fact and fiction. Teasing out their truth from falsehood is about as exhausting as delousing a long-haired elementary school student. However after being approached by the authors’ PR agency with the promise of a…

Read more »

See all book reviews »