Nasal allergy sufferers now have a new online resource to gather
information on symptoms and fast, effective nasal
allergy treatment at http://www.patanase.com.
Seasonal allergies affect about 40 to 50 million people in the United
States alone, and are one of the most common causes of absenteeism from
both work and school. PATANASE® nasal spray relieves the
symptoms of allergies fast by going directly to the source. The nasal
spray is steroid-free and marketed by Alcon Laboratories, Inc., the
maker of the top two prescribed allergy
eye drops, PATANOL® and PATADAY™ ophthalmic
solutions. Alcon Laboratories, Inc. is an affiliate of Alcon,
"This website is a great resource since more patients are doing online
research to learn about their allergies,” said Bobby Lanier, M.D. and
clinical professor at the University of North Texas Health Science
Center. "It addresses the important need for patients to understand
their symptoms and how to get quick, safe relief.”
The new website includes facts about the causes of seasonal
allergies as well as an interactive symptoms
poll to prepare patients for an educated visit with their doctor.
The site features the new nationwide advertising campaign for PATANASE®
nasal spray with the commercial viewable on the homepage. Patients can
also find complete product prescribing information and instructions for
use along with a money-saving mail-in rebate.
About PATANASE® Nasal Spray
PATANASE® nasal spray is indicated for the relief of the
symptoms of seasonal allergic rhinitis in patients 12 years of age and
allergy symptoms are measured by the patient’s Total Nasal Symptom
Score (TNSS) which is a combination of stuffy, runny, itchy nose and
sneezing. PATANASE® nasal spray is intended only for
intranasal administration. The most common side effect experienced with
the use of PATANASE® nasal spray is bitter taste. Other less
common side effects include headache, epistaxis, nasal septal
perforations and ulcerations, pharyngolaryngeal pain, post-nasal drip,
cough and urinary tract infection.
About Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis
Seasonal allergic rhinitis, also known as "hay fever,” refers to an
allergic complex of symptoms caused by sensitivity to seasonal pollens.
Symptoms may include congestion, sneezing, itchy nose, runny nose,
watery eyes and itchy eyes.
According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
(ACAAI), allergies affect an estimated 40 to 50 million people in the
United States. Allergies are not only bothersome, but have been linked
to a variety of common and serious chronic respiratory illnesses, such
as sinusitis and asthma. In addition, allergy is one of the most common
causes of absenteeism from both work and school, accounting for over
$700 million in lost productivity and $3.5 billion in annual direct
Alcon, Inc. is the world’s leading eye
care company, with sales of approximately $6.3 billion in 2008.
Alcon, which has been dedicated to the ophthalmic industry for 60 years,
researches, develops, manufactures and markets pharmaceuticals, surgical
equipment and devices, contact lens care solutions and other vision care
products that treat diseases, disorders and other conditions of the eye.
Alcon’s majority shareholder is Nestlé, S.A., the world’s largest food
company. For more information on Alcon, Inc., visit the Company’s web
site at www.alcon.com.
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