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Anyone use Astelin nose spray?

Our allergist has recommended that DD try using Astelin nose spray to help combat her extreme congestion with all these high pollen days. The congestion leads to sinus infections, which leads to asthma flares, so I'm all for doing that.

Our allergist said it would be less likely to cause nosebleeds (which is good because DD has a rare bleeding disorder) than steroid sprays, but she warned me that it had a bad taste.

I'm wondering how bad, so that I can prepare my super-taster of a kiddo. The allergist swears you can chase it with something sweet and it's bearable. The other option is a sweetened formula, but we can't do that because it's an artificial sweetener that may be processed with cornstarch. And I just can't face another compounded med.

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  • Pljohns

    I've used it a lot and yes, you can chase it down with something with taste and it's not too bad.  the taste tends to linger but it's not totally terrible-just more icky.

  • Pljohns

    It helped me and DH and DS#1-we all used it some point in the past.  We haven't used it in a while-changed to dymista but it has a nasal steroid in it so probably not too good an option for DD.  

  • K8sMom2002

    Our allergist has called in a script for it, so hopefully DH can pick it up sometime today and DD can try it. Between all the outdoor fun she's been having and our incredibly high pollen counts, DD has been so stuffed up that she sounds like she's got a really bad head cold. The doc says she can continue taking her Zyrtec as usual, but for a bit at least, the combo might make her drowsy. So I'd like to get it started before she's driving on her own, in order to see how it affects her.

  • K8sMom2002

    Well, the unflavored astelin is really, really bitter, and it helped tremendously at first. But later on, she said everything closed back up. I think that her environmental allergy bucket must be overflowing, so I've told her she couldn't go outside at all today. 

    Poor kid. She tried to chase the taste away with water, then a marshmallow, then a cookie, then a safe-for-her orange soda … the problem is it drips down the back of her throat in a bitter, bitter flow. But she's a trooper — she said, "Well, it's just something I've got to get used to."

  • Pljohns

    I'm so sorry it didn't help her very long-maybe something will work!!!  She sounds like a trooper-

  • K8sMom2002

    She's continuing to try it. I'm not sure if it's a short acting antihistamine or if it takes a few doses for the full effect to kick in. It's something I need to follow up about with our allergist. 

    I'm not even yelling when she adds a super human amount of sugar to our iced tea to chase it. 

  • Frshair3

    I have tried Safelink on several occasions and did not work for me. My doctor put me on Fluticasone (Flonase) which is working great.  I hope things work out for you. 

  • Pljohns

    You have a fighter there!  I hope she can get past the taste and hope it works for her!

  • K8sMom2002

    Grin. I figured that out after I excitedly googled what I hoped was a new possibility. As I have to say so frequently … "Curse you, autocorrect!"

    How long did you try astelin?

  • K8sMom2002

    @Frshair3, did you see a big difference once you tried Astelin? 

    We're still trying to decide if it's helping her enough to justify the taste. She's doing it "straight" now, but I can tell it's not pleasant at all, and that things must be super bad if she's willing to submit to it. 

    I do wish she could do Flonase …