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May 2000

Q. I heard that my nasal spray Nasacort was recalled. Do I have to worry since I already used some of it?

A. No. My understanding is that some of the lot numbers of inhalers had more active ingredient of steroid than usual. However, because it is a topical nasal spray, only a small amount gets absorbed anyway, therefore it is not thought to be toxic. However, I would check with your pharmacist or Rhone-Poulenc Rorer who makes the product to see if your inhaler was one of the lot numbers recalled. The phone # to Rhone etc. is 1-888-272-6673. In the interim, you may want to call your doctor to consider switching you to a different inhaler such as Flonase or Rhinocort.

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