Modern nasal steroids such as Beconase™ , Rhinocort® , Flixonase™ and Nasonex® are proven safe for long term treatment. They should not be confused with dangerous anabolic steroids abused by some athletes – you will be perfectly eligible for the Olympics on these treatments. Potential side-effects of being “on steroids” are minimal because the total dose is small, and very little of the small dose taken is absorbed into the body. However, you might get local side-effects, such as nosebleeds. Occasionally, nosebleeds can be bad enough to stop you taking nasal steroids.
A total of 1008 patients aged 12 years and older received NASONEX Nasal Spray 50 mcg 200 mcg/day (n=506) or placebo (n=502) for 15 days. Adverse events that occurred more frequently in patients treated with NASONEX Nasal Spray 50 mcg than in patients with the placebo included sinus headache (% in NASONEX Nasal Spray 50 mcg group vs. % in placebo) and epistaxis (1% in NASONEX Nasal Spray 50 mcg group vs. % in placebo) and the overall adverse event profile was similar to that observed in the other allergic rhinitis trials.