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Flonase Nasal Spray generically known as Fluticasone is a medication indicated for nasal congestion, sneezing, runny nose, and itchy or watery eyes caused by seasonal or year-round allergies. Fluticasone belongs to a class of drugs known as corticosteroids. It works by suppressing the immune system's response to irritants like pollen and dust mites, thus making it easier for people with respiratory problems to breathe more comfortably.
Although nasal sprays are usually used to treat allergies, they can also be beneficial in addressing sinus infections. Corticosteroids, such as Flonase, have anti-inflammatory properties which make them useful in treating sinus infections. Sinus infections cause nasal congestion, swelling and inflammation, and Flonase can reduce these symptoms and help clear blockages in the nasal passages.
Uses and Dosage
Fluticasone comes in the form of a nasal spray that is used to treat various conditions, including allergies and asthma. Never spray the medication directly into your eyes, and to gently blow your nose before using the spray. You should also shake the container gently before each use, and if you are using it for the first time or if you have not used it for a week or longer, you should follow the instructions on how to properly prime the bottle.
- For Adults: The typical starting dose of Fluticasone is 1 spray in each nostril twice daily, with a maximum day dose of 2 sprays in each nostril.
- For Children ages 4 to 17 years old: The typical starting dose is 1 spray in each nostril once daily, with a maximum day dose of 2 sprays in each nostril. Each spray contains 50 mcg of fluticasone propionate.
Common Side Effects of Fluticasone:
- Abnormal taste and smell perception
- Burning in nose
- Dry eyes
- Dry nostrils
- Runny nose, sneezing
- Sore throat, dry cough
- Sores in the nose or mouth
- Upper Respiratory Tract Infections (URTIs)
Serious Side Effects of Fluticasone:
- Cushing’s syndrome
- Bone weakness
- Dry skin
- Easy bruising
- Rapid weight gain
- Limited motion
- Persistent pain
- Decreased Adrenal Function
- Foggy vision
- Psychiatric or Behavioral
- Aggressive behavior
- Restlessness or insomnia
Form and strength
Flonase Nasal Spray (Fluticasone) is available in the following forms and strength:
Flonase Nasal Spray: Nasal Spray
- 50 mcg
Fluticasone: Nasal Spray
- 50 mcg
- Fluticasone nasal spray may contain inactive ingredients that can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Before using fluticasone, tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to fluticasone, any other medications, or any of the ingredients in fluticasone nasal spray. Check the package label or ask your pharmacist for a list of the ingredients
- Tell your doctor if you have recently had surgery on your nose, have injured your nose, have sores in your nose, have or have ever had cataracts, glaucoma, asthma, any type of infection, or a herpes infection of the eye, have had chicken pox, measles, or tuberculosis, or have been around someone who has one of these conditions.
- Fluticasone can lower blood cells that help your body fight infections, so avoid being near people who are sick or have infections and call your doctor for preventive treatment if you are exposed to chicken pox or measles, as these conditions can be serious or even fatal in people who are using fluticasone.
- Do not give Flonase Nasal Spray to a child younger than 4 years old without medical advice, as corticosteroid medication can affect growth in children. Talk with your doctor to see if your child is not growing at a normal rate while using this medicine.
- During pregnancy, Flonase Nasal Spray should be used only when clearly needed. It is important to discuss the risks and benefits of using the medication with your doctor before taking it.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How long does Flonase take to work?
Flonase usually starts to provide relief within 12 hours of use. However, it can take up to 1 week to reach its full effect.
Is Flonase safe to use?
Yes, Flonase is safe to use when taken as directed. However, it is important to talk to your doctor before using this medication, especially if you have any health conditions or allergies.
Can I use Flonase with other medications?
Yes, Flonase can be used with other medications, but it is important to talk to your doctor before taking any other medications. Certain medications can interact with Flonase and cause serious side effects.
How often can I use Flonase nasal spray?
Flonase nasal spray can be used once daily for 24-hour relief of nasal allergy symptoms. However, it is important to follow the directions on the package insert for the correct dosage and frequency.
It's important to purchase Flonase Nasal Spray from verified Canadian pharmacy.