Fluticasone is a medication that is utilized to alleviate nasal symptoms caused by allergies, both seasonal and year-round, whether they are allergic or non-allergic. These symptoms may include a stuffy or runny nose, itching, and sneezing.
This medication can also aid in relieving eye symptoms caused by allergies, such as watery and itchy eyes. Fluticasone belongs to a class of medications referred to as corticosteroids, which function by blocking the effects of allergens, like pollen, pet dander, dust mites, and mold, within the nose and reducing swelling.
Uses and Dosage
Follow the instructions provided by your doctor or the product package when using this medication in your nose, typically once or twice a day. Do not spray the medication in your eyes.
Prior to using this drug, blow your nose gently. Shake the container before each use, and follow the directions on how to prime the bottle if it is your first time using it or if it has been unused for a week or more.
The dosage of the medication is dependent on your age, medical condition, and response to treatment. Do not increase your dosage or use it more frequently or for longer than directed, as doing so will not hasten the improvement of your condition and may increase the risk of side effects.
Your doctor may direct you to begin with a higher dose for the first few days before reducing it once you have started to feel better.
Children may require a shorter treatment duration to decrease the likelihood of side effects. If a child is using an over-the-counter product, consult the package instructions to determine how long they should use it and when to contact the doctor.
Use this medication consistently at the same time(s) every day for the maximum benefit. Clean the applicator regularly and keep track of the number of sprays used. Discard the container after utilizing the number of sprays listed on the package label.
This medication may not take effect immediately. While some individuals may feel the effects of the medication as soon as 12 hours after starting treatment, it may take several days to achieve the full benefit.
If your symptoms do not improve after a week or they worsen, discontinue the use of the medication and consult your doctor or pharmacist. Seek immediate medical attention if you suspect a serious medical problem.
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention:
- dryness, stinging, burning or irritation in the nose
- bloody mucus in nose
Inform your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any serious side effects:
- severe face pain
- thick nasal discharge
- fever, sore throat, chills, cough, and other signs of infection
- whistling sound from the nose
- swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
- difficulty breathing or swallowing
- feeling faint
- severe or frequent nosebleeds
If you have any allergies or reactions to inactive ingredients, inform your doctor or pharmacist before using fluticasone.
Before using this medication, inform your doctor or pharmacist of your medical history, particularly recent nose issues (such as injury, ulcers, or surgery), infections, specific eye problems (glaucoma, cataracts), and liver disease.
Avoid contact with individuals who have contagious illnesses that may spread to others, such as chickenpox, measles, or the flu.
In rare cases, using corticosteroid medications for an extended period can make it harder for your body to react to physical stress. Inform your doctor or dentist before having surgery or emergency treatment, or if you become seriously ill or injured, that you are taking this medication or have taken it within the last few months.
Although it is unlikely, using this medication for an extended period may temporarily inhibit a child’s growth. Regularly visit the doctor to have your child’s height measured.
During pregnancy, this medication should only be used when absolutely necessary. Discuss the benefits and risks with your doctor.
It is uncertain whether this medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.
Form and Strength
Flonase Nasal Spray is available in the following forms and strengths:
Flonase Nasal Spray nasal spray:
- 120 doses
- 360 doses
fluticasone nasal spray:
- 100 doses
- 200 doses
- 400 doses
Is Flonase a steroid or antihistamine?
Flonase is a corticosteroid.
How quickly does Flonase work?
Most achieve relief within 12 hours of starting their nasal spray.