What is Dymista?
Dymista Nasal Spray contains two active ingredients. One which is an antihistamine, azelastine hydrochloride, and the other which is a corticosteroid, fluticasone propionate. These work to reduce the effects of an allergic reaction by stopping production of histamine and reducing inflammation.
How does it work?
Dymista contains azelastine hydrochloride, an antihistamine that works by reducing the production of histamine, which is released by your body as part of an allergic reaction. The other active ingredient is fluticasone propionate, a corticosteroid. Fluticasone is absorbed by cells in the nasal cavity, reducing inflammation by blocking the release of chemicals that prompt an allergic reaction. Dymista works in this way to reduce inflammation and other symptoms of allergic rhinitis (hay fever).
Who should not use Dymista?
Do not use Dymista if you are allergic to fluticasone propionate, azelastine hydrochloride or any other ingredients in this medication which can be found in the patient information leaflet.
Seek advice from your GP or pharmacist before using Dymista if:
- You have recently had an operation on your nose
- You have or have recently had an infection in your nose
- You have tuberculosis or an untreated infection
- You have a change in vision or a history of increased ocular pressure, glaucoma, or cataracts
- You have had or have previously had any problems with your liver
- You suffer from impaired adrenal function
What are the side effects of using Dymista?
Possible side effects related to Dymista include but are not limited to the following:
Very common (may affect more than 1 in 10 people):
Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people):
- A bitter taste when using the medication, especially if you tilt your head back
- An unpleasant smell
Uncommon (may affect up to 1 in 100 people)
- Irritation on the inside of the nose that may result in mild stinging, itching or sneezing
- A dry sensation in the nose
- A cough, dry throat, or throat irritation
Rare side effects (may affect up to 1 in 1000 people)
Very rare side effects (may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people)
- Glaucoma or cataract
- Damage to the skin or mucous membrane in the nose
- Feeling sick, weak, or exhausted
- A rash on the skin
If you experience any of these side effects, you should contact your GP or pharmacist for advice.
Stop treatment and seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of the following symptoms:
Difficulty in breathing or swallowing, swollen face, lips, tongue, or throat. These are likely to be results of a severe allergic reaction however this is extremely rare.
Shake the bottle
Gently shake the bottle a few times in an up-down motion
Remove dust cap and prime
Remove the dust cap and hold the bottle as shown with your index and middle finger on the collar of the nozzle and your thumb underneath. If you are using your nasal spray for the first time or after a few days without use, press down with your index and middle finger until a fine mist is produced.
Blow your nose
Blow your nose using a clean towel or tissue to clear your airways
Hold the bottle as shown and using your other hand, place a finger on your nose to close one nostril. Put the nozzle into the other nostril as far as is comfortable. Tilt your head forward and keep the bottle upright. Start breathing in slowly through your nose and at the same time press down firmly on the collar of the bottle to release one spray.
Breathe out through your mouth. Repeat step 4 if you have been instructed to administer more than one spray in each nostril.
Administer spray in other nostril
Repeat steps 4 and 5 to administer the correct number of sprays in the other nostril
The recommended dose for Dymista is one spray in each nostril two times a day.
Dymista nasal spray must be prepared before using for the first time, or if it has not been used for 7 days.
To prepare Dymista:
- Gently shake the bottle for 5 seconds and then remove the cap
- Place two fingers on either side of the spray and place your thumb on the bottle of the bottle
- Press down and release the pump a few times into the air until you see a fine mist
- These steps should be followed when using your Dymista nasal spray for the first time, or if it has not been used for 7 or more days
If you exceed the recommended dose, you are unlikely to have any issues. If the dose has been exceeded over a long period of time, get in touch with your pharmacist or GP for advice.
If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember and then carry on treatment as usual. Do not take an extra dose to make up for missed doses.
If you wish to stop using Dymista, consult with your pharmacist or GP before doing so as this may hinder any treatment progress that has been made.