Flonase Nasal Spray (Fluticasone)

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Fluticasone Nasal Spray 50mcg

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Flonase Nasal Spray 50mcg

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Flonase (Fluticasone) Dosage and Side Effects

Doctors prescribe FLONASE to treat symptoms of seasonal and year-round allergies. FLONASE is a corticosteroid, a class of drugs (also referred to as steroids) that's used to reduce inflammation in the nasal passages, lungs, and skin, and is sometimes given orally for more severe conditions.

Flonase Directions

You usually spray FLONASE nasal spray in each nostril once or twice daily, in the morning and evening.

Sometimes, people use it on an as-needed basis to treat symptoms. The nasal spray is for use in the nose only. Be careful not to get this medication in your eyes.

Your doctor may decrease your dose once your symptoms are under control or increase your dose if your symptoms haven't improved after at least two weeks.

FLONASE Overdose

It's important not to take more FLONASE than your doctor prescribes.

Symptoms of an overdose of FLONASE include:

  • Enlarged face and neck

  • New or worsening acne

  • Easy bruising

  • Extreme tiredness

  • Muscle weakness

  • Irregular menstrual cycles

  • Loss of appetite

  • Weight loss

  • Irritability

  • Depression

  • Fainting or dizziness when you stand up after lying down or sitting

  • Skin darkening

If you or someone else has symptoms of an overdose, call a poison control center.

Missed Dose of FLONASE

Once you start taking FLONASE, your symptoms may not improve for at least 12 hours, and it could take several more days to experience the full benefit of the medication.

FLONASE works best when used on a regular basis as directed by your doctor.

Side Effects

Common side effects of FLONASE include:

  • Headache

  • Nosebleed

  • Burning or irritation in the nose

  • Runny nose

  • Bloody mucus in nose

  • Cough

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

  • Stomach pain

  • Diarrhea

  • Dizziness

Other common side effects of the topical form of FLONASE include:

  • Itching

  • Burning

  • Swelling

  • Redness

  • Skin rash

  • Numbness of the fingers

Serious side effects can also occur. If you have any of these side effects, stop taking FLONASE and call your doctor right away:

  • Painful white patches in your nose or throat

  • Flu-like symptoms

  • Sore throat

  • Vision problems

  • Injury to nose

  • New or worse acne

  • Easy bruising

  • Enlarged face and neck

  • Extreme tiredness

  • Muscle weakness

  • Irregular menstrual cycles

  • Hives

  • Rash

  • Itching

  • Swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs

  • Hoarseness

  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing

  • Wheezing

Warnings and Precautions

You may not experience the full benefits of FLONASE for two weeks or more after starting treatment.

FLONASE may also make it harder for your body to fight off infections. While taking the drug, your body may be less able to manage the stress of surgery, illness, severe asthma attack, or injury.

While taking FLONASE, you should avoid people who are sick, especially those with chickenpox or measles. If you get one of these infections or if you develop related symptoms, call your doctor right away.

FLONASE could increase your risk for developing osteoporosis, a condition that causes the bones to become thin and break easily. If you're already at greater risk for osteoporosis, it's important to have your bone density assessed both before and during treatment.

Research shows that in rare cases, people taking FLONASE for a long period of time may develop glaucoma or cataracts.

Before using, be sure to let your doctor know if you've ever had any of the following:

  • Glaucoma
  • Cataracts
  • Other illnesses
  • Recurring infections (such as herpes)
  • Allergies
  • Tuberculosis
  • Liver disease

Also let your doctor know if you've never had chickenpox or measles and never got a vaccination against those diseases.

Although FLONASE can help prevent asthma attacks, it will not stop an attack that has already begun. Don't use FLONASE during an asthma attack.

You should also let your doctor know if you have any type of surgery planned, including dental procedures.

FLONASE and Pregnancy

Be sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant, may become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

There's not enough evidence to know whether FLONASE is safe for pregnant women or breastfeeding infants.

Evidence also is lacking on whether nasal or inhaled FLONASE is safe or effective for treating kids younger than 4.

Children older than 4 who take the drug may grow more slowly, and it's unclear whether their final adult height will be shorter than it would have been had they not taken FLONASE.

Children 3 months and older can use topical FLONASE with caution. There's no evidence of safety or effectiveness of the drug when used on young children for longer than 4 weeks.

Interactions with this medication

Certain drugs may affect the way FLONASE works, and the drug could also affect other medications.

It's very important to let your doctor know about everything you are taking, including recreational drugs as well as any over-the-counter medications, herbs, or supplements.

Types of drugs known to interact include:

  • Drugs used to treat HIV, including ritonavir (Norvir), saquinavir (Fortovase, Invirase)
  • Antifungal medications, such as itraconazole (Sporanox), fluconazole (Diflucan), and ketoconazole (Nizoral)
  • Antidepressants, such as nefazodone (Serzone), fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem), and paroxetine (Paxil)
  • Certain antibiotics, including clarithromycin (Biaxin) and metronidazole (Flagyl)
  • Oral steroids, such as dexamethasone (Decadron, Dexone), methylprednisolone (Medrol), and prednisone (Deltasone)
  • Some drugs used to treat mental illness, such as fluvoxamine (Luvox)
  • The heartburn drug cimetidine (Tagamet)
  • Certain heart medications, such as amiodarone (Cordarone) and verapamil (Calan, Covera, Isoptin, Verelan)
  • Hormonal contraceptives, including birth control pills, patches, rings, injections, and implants
  • The asthma drug zafirlukast (Accolate)

The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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