GENERIC NAMES: Fluticasone

COMMON BRANDS: Flonase, Flovent, Flovent HFA, Arnuity Ellipta, Flovent Diskus

Fluticasone Propionate is a prescription medication, which belongs to a class of medicines known as corticosteroids. Corticosteroids belong to the family called steroids. It is sprayed into the nose to help relieve the stuffy or a runny nose, sneezing, irritation, and discomfort of hay fever, other nasal allergies, and these symptoms when not caused by allergies.

What are the uses of Fluticasone Propionate nasal spray/drops?

Fluticasone medication belongs to a class of drugs known as corticosteroids. It works by inhibiting/blocking the effects of substances that cause allergies in your nose (such as mold, pollen, pet dander, dust mites) and to reduce swelling. It is used to relieve seasonal, year-round allergic and non-allergic nasal symptoms, like sneezing, stuffy/ a runny nose and itching. It can also relieve allergic eye symptoms such as watery/ itchy eyes.

How to use Fluticasone Propionate nasal spray/drops?

If you are using the over-the-counter medication to self-treat, read and follow the directions on the package before you use this medication. Read the product leaflet before you start fluticasone nasal spray and every time you get a new one. Ask your doctor/pharmacist for further details.

Spray this medication in the nose as instructed by your doctor, usually once or twice per day. Avoid spraying in your eyes or contact with your eyes.

Gently blow your nose before spraying. Shake gently before each use in case of suspension. Follow the direction on how to properly prime the bottle if you are using it for the first time.

The dosage depends on age, condition and treatment response. Do not increase or alter your dose or use this drug frequently or for longer than the prescribed time, doing so will not improve your health any sooner, and your chance of side effects will increase. You may be advised to begin this medication with a higher dose for the first several days until you better, then decrease your dose gradually. Children are advised to use this drug for a shorter duration of time to reduce the risk of side effects.

Use this medication without missing to get the most benefit from it, use this medication at the same time(s) each day to help you remember.

The applicator must be cleaned regularly before using. Maintain a record of the number of sprays used. Discard the bottle after you have used the prescribed number of sprays.

This medication does not show results quickly. The effect can be seen as soon as 12 hours after starting this medication, but it may take many days before you get the full benefit. If your condition does not improve after one week, or if it worsens, stop using this medication and meet your doctor/pharmacist. Get medical assistance quickly, if you feel you may have a severe medical problem.

What are the side effects of Fluticasone Propionate nasal spray/drops?

Nasal dryness/irritation, nausea, or vomiting may happen, if any of these effects continue or worsen, inform your doctor/pharmacist immediately.

If your doctor has advised you to use this medication, remember that he or she has found that the benefits are higher than the chance of side effects. Several people using this medication do not have severe side effects.

Notify your doctor/ physician immediately if you have any severe side effects, such as facial pain, eye pain, signs of nasal damage (such as severe nosebleeds, pain, a constant whistling from your nose), white patches in the nose or back of your throat, persistent sore throat and pain when swallowing.

Sometimes, it is possible that corticosteroids administered in the nose enter into the bloodstream, this can start side effects of too much corticosteroid, these effects are more common in children and people who use this medication in high doses for a long time. Notify your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur, such as unusual/extreme tiredness, swelling ankles/feet, weight loss, headache, vision problems, increased thirst/urination.

Severe allergic reaction to this drug is very rare. However, get medical assistance as soon as possible if you notice any severe allergic reaction such as rash, itching/swelling (especially on the face/tongue/throat), trouble breathing, severe dizziness.

This is not a full record of all possible side effects. If you mark other side effects not listed above, contact your doctor/pharmacist.

What are the precautions while using Fluticasone Propionate nasal spray/drops?

Before using fluticasone, inform your doctor/pharmacist if you are allergic to it, or if you have some other allergies. This product may include some inactive ingredients, which can produce allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for further details.

Before using this medication, notify your doctor/pharmacist about your medical history, especially if you suffer from nose problems (like injury, ulcers, surgery), certain eye problems (glaucoma, cataracts), liver disease, infections (including tuberculosis, herpes eye infection).

Avoid coming in contact with people with infections that may spread to others (like chickenpox, measles, flu). Check with your doctor/ physician if you are exposed to any infection.

Sometimes, using corticosteroid medications for an extended period can make it more challenging for your body to react to physical stress. Therefore, before surgery or emergency treatment, or if you get a severe illness/injury, inform your doctor or dentist if you are using this medication or have used this medication in the past few months.

This medication may, in rare cases slow down a child’s growth if used for an extended period. See the doctor regularly, and monitor your child’s height.

This medication should be used only if needed during pregnancy and strictly under doctor’s supervision.

What are the drug interactions of Fluticasone Propionate nasal spray/drops?

Drug interactions may alter how your medications work or increase your chance for serious side effects. This record does not contain all the possible drug interactions. Have a list of all the products you use (for example prescription/ nonprescription drugs and herbal product) and inform it to your doctor/pharmacist. Avoid self-medication and do not start, stop or change the dose of any medicine without your doctor’s approval.

Other medications can modify the removal of fluticasone from your body, which may alter how fluticasone works. Some of the examples are HIV protease inhibitors (such as ritonavir, lopinavir).

What are the forms and strengths of Fluticasone Propionate nasal spray/drops?

Brand: Flixonase
Form: Aqueous Nasal Spray
Strength: 50 micrograms per meter spray

Brand: Nasofan
Form: Aqueous Nasal Spray
Strength: 50 micrograms per meter spray

Brand: Avamys Nasal Spray
Form: Fluticasone Furoate
Strength: 27.5 micrograms per meter spray

Brand: Flixonase Nasule
Form: Nasal Drops
Strength: 400 micrograms per unit dose

What is the dosage of Fluticasone Propionate nasal spray/drops?

For Rhinitis:

Adults:

100 microgram (2 sprays) into each nostril once a day preferably in the morning, dosage increased to a maximum of twice daily if required.

Pediatric:

Children (4-11 years):

50 microgram (1 spray) into each nostril once a day preferably in the morning, dosage increased to a maximum of twice daily if required

For Nasal Polyps:

Adults and Adolescent (over 16 years):

200 micrograms (6 drops) into each nostril once or twice daily; consider alternate treatment if no improvement after 4-6 weeks.

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