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Flonase spray

Pronunciation

Generic Name: fluticasone (floo-TIK-a-sone)
Brand Name: Flonase

Flonase spray is used for:

Treatment of allergic and nonallergic nasal symptoms including congestion, sneezing, itching, and runny nose.

Flonase spray is a corticosteroid. It works by reducing inflammatory reactions in the nasal airway in response to allergens and irritants in the air.

Do NOT use Flonase spray if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Flonase spray

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using Flonase spray:

Some medical conditions may interact with Flonase spray. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines or other substances
  • if you have recently experienced an ulcer of the nasal septum (the wall between your nostrils), nasal surgery, or nasal trauma
  • if you have active or inactive tuberculosis or a positive skin test for tuberculosis
  • if you have infections of the respiratory tract, untreated fungal or bacterial infections, parasitic or viral infections, measles, chickenpox, herpes simplex in or around the eye, or recently received a vaccination
  • if you have diarrhea
  • if you have glaucoma or cataracts

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Flonase spray. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Certain medicines that act on the liver (eg, protease inhibitors [eg, ritonavir], ketoconazole) because they may increase the actions and the risk of Flonase spray's side effects

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Flonase spray may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Flonase spray:

Use Flonase spray as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • An extra patient leaflet is available with Flonase spray. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
  • Shake gently before each use.
  • If needed, prime the spray pump according to the directions in the extra patient leaflet.
  • To use a nose spray, gently blow your nose. Sit down and tilt your head forward slightly. Place the tip of the spray container into the nose. Using a finger from your other hand, press against the opposite nostril to close it off. Breathe gently through the open nostril and squeeze the spray container. If you are using more than 1 spray, wait for 1 to 2 minutes between sprays. After using the medicine, rinse the tip of the spray unit in hot water and dry with a clean tissue to prevent contamination.
  • Symptoms can start to improve as soon as 12 hours after you start using Flonase spray, and should improve within a couple of days. The full benefit may not be achieved until you have used Flonase spray for several days. If symptoms do not improve or if the condition worsens, contact your health care provider.
  • Use Flonase spray on a regular schedule to get the most benefit from it.
  • Using Flonase spray at the same time each day will help you remember to use it.
  • Continue to use Flonase spray even if you feel well. Do not miss any doses.
  • If you miss a dose of Flonase spray, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Flonase spray.

Important safety information:

  • Flonase spray may cause dizziness. This effect may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Flonase spray with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • Flonase spray is only for allergies. Do not use it to treat asthma or a cold. Talk with the doctor.
  • Use caution if you switch from an oral steroid (eg, prednisone) to Flonase spray. It may take several months for your body to make enough natural steroids to handle events that cause physical stress. Such events may include injury, surgery, infection, loss of blood electrolytes, or a sudden asthma attack. These may be severe and sometimes fatal. Contact your doctor right away if any of these events occur. You may need to take an oral steroid (eg, prednisone) again. Carry a card at all times that says you may need an oral steroid (eg, prednisone) if any of these events occur.
  • Tell your doctor or dentist that you take Flonase spray before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
  • If you have not had chickenpox, shingles, or measles, avoid contact with anyone who does.
  • If you have come into contact with anyone who has chickenpox, measles, or tuberculosis, talk with your doctor.
  • Avoid spraying in the eyes.
  • Different brands of Flonase spray may have different dosing instructions for CHILDREN. Follow the dosing instructions on the package labeling. If your doctor has given you instructions, follow those. If you are unsure of the dose to give a child, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Corticosteroids may affect growth rate in CHILDREN and teenagers in some cases. They may need regular growth checks while they use Flonase spray.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Flonase spray while you are pregnant. It is not known if Flonase spray is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Flonase spray, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Flonase spray:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Dizziness; headache; nasal irritation or burning; nausea; nosebleed; sneezing; sore throat; stinging; vomiting.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; unusual hoarseness); blurred vision or other vision changes; frequent, severe, or persistent nosebleeds or nasal irritation; loss of sense of smell or taste; severe face pain; shortness of breath; sores in the nose; unusual nasal discharge; voice changes; wheezing; whistling sound from your nose when you breathe.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Flonase spray:

Store Flonase spray between 39 and 86 degrees F (4 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Flonase spray out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Flonase spray, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Flonase spray is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take Flonase spray or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about Flonase spray. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Flonase spray. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Flonase spray.

Issue Date: November 5, 2014
Database Edition 14.4.1.002
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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