Steroid nasal sprays rarely cause side-effects. This is because they are applied directly to the nose and very little of this medicine is absorbed into the body. Therefore, they are much less likely to cause side-effects in other parts of the body. Occasionally, they cause dryness, crusting, and bleeding of the nose. If this occurs, stop it for a few days and then restart. There have been reports of nasal steroids possibly having an effect on behaviour, particularly in children. This is thought to be rare. However, a few people have reported hyperactivity, problems sleeping, anxiety, depression, and aggression.
Single dose intranasal administration of 220 micrograms of Nasacort Allergy or Triamcinolone Nasal Spray in normal adult subjects and in adult patients with allergic rhinitis demonstrated minimal absorption of triamcinolone acetonide. The mean peak plasma concentration was approximately ng/mL (range to 1 ng/mL) and occurred at hours post dose. The mean plasma drug concentration was less than ng/mL at 12 hours and below the assay detection limit at 24 hours. The average terminal half life was hours. Dose proportionality was demonstrated in normal subjects and in patients following a single intranasal dose of 110 micrograms or 220 micrograms Nasacort Allergy or Triamcinolone Nasal Spray. Following multiple doses in paediatric patients, plasma drug concentrations, AUC, C max and T max were similar to those values observed in adult patients.