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Can I use fluticasone nasal spray to relieve stuffy nose due to a cold?

Medically reviewed by Last updated on April 6, 2023.

I was initially prescribed it for a nasal infection.

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No - it won't really help if your symptoms are due to a common cold. Fluticasone nasal spray is usually used to treat symptoms such as congestion, sneezing, and runny nose caused by seasonal or year-round allergies. The spray is usually used long term on a regular basis.

You would be better to try a decongestant nasal spray. These sprays contain nasal decongestants such as phenylephrine hydrochloride or oxymetazoline as their active ingredient. Brands include Afrin, Dristan, Vicks etc. These products are very effective at relieving stuffy noses for short-term use only. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist for more advice.

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