Published 9:58 am Wednesday, October 18, 2017

He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herbs for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth…Psalm 104:14

Hello everyone. I hope you are enjoying the fall weather. A lot of times people who suffer from allergies have a hard time enjoying this time of year. Because of several episodes of drug allergies over the years (which is why I try my best to stay away from the doctor’s office) I have decided to write about one of the drugs that was given to me when I was sick a few years ago for nasal congestion. The warnings on medications should put up a big flag about actually taking these drugs. The following description lists the side effects of this drug which was listed on the paper that came from the pharmacist. After reading this, I would like for you to really think about why anyone would use it if they want to get well.

NASONEX–What is NASONEX? A Nasal Spray that is man-made (synthetic) corticosteroid medicine that is used to treat nasal symptoms.

What are the possible side effects of NASONEX? (1) Thrush (candida), a fungal infection in your nose and throat. (2) Slow wound healing. Do not use NASONEX until your nose has healed if you have a sore in your nose, if you have had surgery on your nose, or if your nose has been injured. (3) Some people may have eye problems, including glaucoma and cataracts. You should have regular eye exams. (4) Immune system problems that may increase your risk of infections. You are more likely to get infections if you take medicines that weaken your immune system. Avoid contact with people who have contagious diseases such as chicken pox or measles while using NASONEX. Symptoms of infection may include: fever, pain, aches, chills, feeling tired, nausea and vomiting. Tell your doctor about any signs of infection while you are using NASONEX. (5) Adrenal insufficiency. (6) The most common side effects of NASONEX include: Headache, viral infection, sore throat, nosebleeds, cough. Tell your health-care provider if you have any side effects that bothers you or that does not go away. These are not all the possible side effects of NASONEX. For more information ask you health-care provider or pharmacist.

So folks, why do we continue to trust these pharmaceuticals when they have such severe side effects? My first office visit, prior to really getting sick, as time progressed was when I was given a prescription for this medication. Until then, I had not actually realized that this could have been one of the reasons for my progressing symptoms while sick. I did use the nasal spray a few times, but after briefly reading the leaflet in the package, I decided to quit taking it as I started feeling worse.

I hope this information is a help to those reading. Stay well and keep safe.

Until next time.

Alice Russell, also known as “Me Me,” is a guest columnist. Her email address is

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