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Corticosteroids nasal spray (OTC) for treatment of Common Cold in Adults with cold

  • Ineffective

    Bottom Line

  • Treatment with Corticosteroids nose spray. 2 valid study conducted, with 253 adults. Does not relief Common Cold symptoms or their duration. Seems safe.



Do not use this treatment:

It does not seem effective in relieving runny nose, stuffy nose, cough and sneezing, or in shortening their duration. Side effects are minor.

About Corticosteroids nasal spray (OTC)

For example: Fluticasone propionate

  • Target Population:

    Adults with cold, 16 to 65 years old

  • Dosage:

    One spray (Flonasole 50 mgr., Nasacort 55 mgr.) per nostril. Times per day (1-2) vary with age, response, and period of usage.

  • Goal:

    Treatment of Common Cold symptoms

Research Summary

  • Needs more testing
  • 2 Clinical Studies
  • 253 Adults Tested
  • Ineffective
  • Benefits:

    Ineffective, does not seem to reduce Common Cold symptoms. Does not seem to speed up recovery.

  • Mild risks
  • Risks:

    Minor side effects, including sneezing, dryness or burning feeling or infection inside the nose, throat irritation. Headaches and nose bleed are uncommon, and perforation (hole) inside the nose is rare.

Common Cold Overview

  • Medical problem:

    Common Cold (symptoms caused by viral infection of the upper respiratory system).

  • Symptoms and signs:

    Cough, general discomfort, headache, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, stuffy nose and weakness.

  • Complications:

    Bacterial infections: lung infection, middle ear infection, strep throat, sinus infection.

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Corticosteroids are a class of steroid hormones that are produced in the adrenal cortex of vertebrates, as well as the synthetic analogues of these hormones. Synthetic pharmaceutical drugs with corticosteroid-like effects are used in a variety of conditions, ranging from brain tumors to skin diseases. (source)
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