Flonase Nasal Spray is a medication made up of a corticosteroid called fluticastone. We carry both the brand name and generic alternative of this medication in 50mcg!
Flonase Nasal Spray (Fluticasone nasal spray) is used to treat nasal congestion caused by seasonal or year round allergies or non-allergic nasal congestions. The nasal cavity is located in the face around the nose and mouth. When your nasal passages become congested, your nasal tissues and blood vessels become swollen with excess fluid (mucus) and you will find yourself with symptoms such as sneezing, a stuffy or runny nose, or itchy or watery eyes.
Fluticastone is effective in the treatment of congestion due to its ability to prevent the release and activity of the substances in your body that cause your nasal passages to become inflamed (swollen).
Only take this medication the way that your doctor has directed you too. Taking the incorrect dose can lead to unwanted side effects, ineffectiveness, and/or contradictions. Before using a fluticastone nasal spray, make sure to discuss with your doctor what brand (or generic alternative) of fluticastone nasal spray you want as it will have a factor in determining your dose.
Shake the bottle well before each use. Wash your hands before using to prevent the spreading of bacteria. Only use the amount of sprays your doctor has directed you to; do not take more or less of a dose.
Do not share your Flonase Nasal Spray with others.
Before starting the treatment of Flonase Nasal Spray, ensure to tell your doctor about all medical conditions you currently have, most importantly if you have glaucoma or cataracts, liver disease, diabetes, herpes simplex virus of the eyes (cold sores), tuberculosis (infectious lung disease) or any other infection, sores or ulcers located in the nose, or if you have had any recent surgery or injury to the nose. It is important to tell your doctor about these specific medical conditions as you may need a dose adjustment or special instructions when using fluticastone to avoid negative interactions and adverse side effects.
When using fluticasone medications, your body will have a lower count of blood cells which are essential in fighting off infections; avoid being around sick or infected people while using Flonase Nasal Spray to avoid developing an infection. Extra caution must be used when around highly contagious diseases like chickenpox or measles; catching these diseases while using fluticasone could become very serious and even fatal. Talk to your doctor about preventive treatment if you believe you have caught a highly contagious disease.
There have not been enough studies to establish whether or not this product is safe for an expecting mother or a mother with a breastfeeding infant. Avoid using this product if you are pregnant or breastfeeding unless your doctor has determined that the benefit of using fluticasone outweighs the risk it will potentially have on the unborn baby or nursing infant.
Common side effects of Flonase Nasal Spray (Fluticasone) may include:
minor nosebleed, burning or itching in your nose; sores or white patches inside or around your nose; cough, trouble breathing; headache, back pain; sinus pain, sore throat, fever; or nausea, vomiting.
The above side effects should not alarm you.
Serious side effects of Flonase Nasal Spray (Fluticasone) may include:
severe or ongoing nosebleeds; noisy breathing, runny nose, or crusting around your nostrils; redness, sores, or white patches in your mouth or throat; fever, chills, body aches; blurred vision, eye pain, or seeing halos around lights; any wound that will not heal; or
If you have any of the above side effects, contact your doctor right away.
Signs to watch for:
a hormonal disorder--worsening tiredness or muscle weakness, feeling light-headed, nausea, vomiting.
How should I store this medication?
Flonase Nasal Spray should be kept sitting upright at room temperature, protected from heat and moisture. Discard of the bottle when 120 sprays have been used; this still applies when medicine is still in the bottle after 120 sprays.
Is this nasal spray safe for children to use?
This medication is safe for children who are at least 4 years of age. Any child under 4 should not be given this medication unless it has been determined beneficial and safe by a doctor. All children should be supervised when using this product. In some cases, fluticasone has caused a stunt in growth in children and teens and should be noted before administering this medication to a child.
What is the average dose for an adult with nasal congestion?
If you are an adult with nasal congestion/rhinitis, you should take 1 – 2 sprays (50mcg per spray) in both nostrils once a day as needed. After roughly 26 weeks (6 months; half a year) of treatment, visit your doctor to determine if it is safe for you to continue using.
What medications will affect this product?
Certain medications may have their actions changed or have increased side effects if they are mixed with another type of medication. Fluticasone has 42 known drug interactions, some are major and some are minor with some being moderate. The important ones to be aware of if you are taking fluticasone include antifungal medicine such as itraconazole (Sporanox), fluconazole (Diflucan), and ketoconazole (Nizoral) and antiviral medicines used to treat hepatitis C or HIV/AIDS such as ritonavir (Norvir) and saquinavir (Fortovase, Invirase).
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