Safety Alerts & Recalls
What does this mean?
Corticosteroids are of great benefit in controlling asthma and allergies. Their benefits will continue to outweigh the risk of side effects for most patients. Corticosteroids should not be stopped suddenly as this may cause a potential worsening of these conditions.
This alert is meant to inform you of the possibility of mood and behaviour side effects when taking corticosteroids in the form of inhalers or nasal sprays. Please read the information leaflet that comes with your medicine to learn about all of the possible side effects of your medicine. If you take a corticosteroid inhaler or nasal spray and are concerned about symptoms you are experiencing, you should keep taking your medicine and speak to your doctor about your concerns.
Corticosteroid Inhalers and Nasal Sprays Can Alter Your Mood
In the September 2010 Drug Safety Update, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) reports that a review of corticosteroids (sometimes called "steroids" for short) in inhalers and nasal sprays suggests that these medicines may have a number of effects on mood and behaviour. These side effects include restlessness and hyperactivity; problems with sleeping; anxiety; depression; and aggression. Children in particular can become aggressive.
Corticosteroids can be used to treat asthma in the form of inhalers which are breathed into the lungs. Corticosteroids are also given in the form of nasal sprays to help people with allergies and some conditions which affect the nose.
Corticosteroid inhalers include: Beclometasone (Asmabec, Becodisks, Clenil Modulite, Fostair, Qvar)
Budesonide (Budelin Novolizer, Pulmicort, Symbicort)
Fluticasone (Flixotide, Seretide)
Corticosteroid nasal sprays include: Beclometasone (Beconase, Nasobec, Pollenase, Vivabec)
Betamethasone (Betnesol, Vistamethasone)
Budesonide (Rhinocort Aqua)
Fluticasone (Avamys, Flixonase, Nasofan)
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