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Optimization of intranasal corticosteroid formulations for the treatment of allergic rhinitis

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Intranasal corticosteroids (INCSs) provide safe and effective treatment of allergic rhinitis (AR). Currently available INCSs differ in terms of the components included in each formulation that may influence efficacy, tolerability, and patient preference for treatment. Patient preference for a specific INCS is largely attributable to the sensory attributes that are dependent on characteristics of the formulation. Preservatives and additives can irritate and dry the mucosal membranes, or they can confer an unpleasant odor or taste to an INCS formulation. Spray volume also may affect patients' sensory perceptions of INCS formulations. Relative osmotic pressure or tonicity may affect nasal absorption and retention of an INCS and potentially affect clinical efficacy. A hypotonic suspension is a new formulation option for INCSs that may improve sensory attributes and has the potential to improve patient satisfaction and treatment outcomes in patients with AR. Optimization of INCS formulations may improve efficacy and tolerability and influence patient preference for treatment.
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Keywords: Allergic rhinitis; benzalkonium chloride; ciclesonide; efficacy; intranasal corticosteroids; patient preference; preservatives; rhinitis; tolerability; tonicity

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: ALTANA Pharma US, Florham Park, New Jersey 2: House Ear Clinic, Los Angeles, California 3: National Jewish Medical and Research Center, Denver, Colorado

Publication date: 2007-05-01

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