Fluticasone nasal spray (known trademarks are Flonase® Nasal Spray and Flonase® Allergy Relief Nasal Spray) is used to eliminate sneezing, runny, stuffy, or itchy nose and itchy, watery eyes triggered by hay fever or other allergies (triggered by an allergy to pollen, mold, dust, or pets). Fluticasone nasal spray should not be used to treat symptoms (e.g., sneezing, stuffy, runny, itchy nose) caused by the acute rhinitis. Fluticasone remains in a class of medications called corticosteroids. It works by obstructing the release of particular natural substances that cause allergy symptoms.
Fluticasone comes as a (prescription and nonprescription) liquid to spray in the nose. Fluticasone nasal spray is generally sprayed in each nostril daily. Alternatively, fluticasone nasal spray is often sprayed in each nostril two times daily (in the morning and night) at a lower dose as suggested by your doctor. If you are an adult, you will begin your treatment with a higher dosage of fluticasone nasal spray then decrease your dosage when your symptoms improve. If you are providing fluticasone nasal spray to a child, you will start treatment with a lower dose of the medication and increase the dose if the child’s symptoms do not improve. Reduce the dose when the child’s symptoms improve. Follow the directions on your prescription or product label thoroughly, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to describe any part you do not understand. Use fluticasone exactly as directed. Do not use basically of it or use it regularly than directed on the plan label or recommended by your doctor.
A grownup must assist children younger than 12 years of ages to use fluticasone nasal spray. Children younger than 4 years of age must not use this medication. Fluticasone nasal spray is just for use in the nose. Do not swallow the nasal spray and be careful not to spray it into your eyes or mouth. Each bottle of fluticasone nasal spray ought to only be used by someone. Do not share fluticasone nasal spray due to the fact that this might spread out germs.
Fluticasone nasal spray manages the symptoms of hay fever or allergic reactions but does not cure these conditions. Your symptoms will most likely not begin to improve for at least 12 hours after you first use fluticasone, however it may take several days or longer before you feel the full benefit of fluticasone. Fluticasone works best when used regularly. Use fluticasone on a regular schedule unless your doctor has actually informed you to use it as needed. Call your doctor if your symptoms get worse or do not improve after you use nonprescription fluticasone nasal spray daily for 1 week.
Fluticasone nasal spray is developed to supply a certain variety of sprays. After the marked variety of sprays has been used, the remaining sprays in the bottle might not consist of the appropriate amount of medication. You must keep an eye on the variety of sprays you have used and get rid of the bottle after you have actually used the marked variety of sprays even if it still contains some liquid.
How to Apply the Medication
- Shake the bottle gently before each use.
- Remove the dust cover.
- If you are using the pump for the very first time, have not used it for a week or more, or have just cleaned the nozzle, you must prime it by following actions 4 to 5 below. If you have actually used the pump in the previous week, skip to step 6.
- Hold the pump with the applicator between your forefinger and middle finger and the bottom of the bottle resting on your thumb. Point the applicator far from your face.
- If you are using the pump for the very first time, press down and launch the pump six times. If you have actually used the pump previously, however not within the past week, press down and release the pump until you see a great spray.
- Blow your nose until your nostrils are clear.
- Hold one nostril closed with your finger.
- Tilt your head a little forward and thoroughly put the nasal applicator idea into your other nostril. Make certain to keep the bottle upright.
- Hold the pump with the applicator in between your forefinger and middle finger and the bottom resting on your thumb.
- Begin to take in through your nose.
- While you are breathing in, use your forefinger and middle finger to push firmly down on the applicator and release a spray.
- Breathe gently in through the nostril and breathe out through your mouth.
- If your doctor informed you to use two sprays in that nostril, repeat actions 6 to 12.
- Repeat steps 6 to 11 in the other nostril.
- Wipe the applicator with a clean tissue and cover it with the dust cover.
This medication might be prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist to learn more.
Special Precautions for Fluticasone Nasal Spray
- Before using fluticasone nasal spray,
- tell your doctor and pharmacist if you dislike fluticasone, other medications, or any of the active ingredients in fluticasone nasal spray. Examine the plan label for a list of the components.
- tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, dietary supplements, and herbal items you are taking, or have actually recently taken, or strategy to take. Make sure to mention any of the following: an antifungal such as ketoconazole (Extina, Nizoral, Xolegel); and an HIV protease inhibitor such as ritonavir (Norvir, in Kaletra). Also inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are using steroid medications such as dexamethasone, methylprednisolone (Medrol), and prednisone (Rayos) for asthma, allergic reactions, a rash, or an eye condition. Your doctor may need to change the doses of your medications or monitor you thoroughly for side effects.
- tell your doctor if you have recently had surgery on your nose, or hurt your nose in any method, or if you have sores in your nose, if you have or have ever had cataracts (clouding of the lens of the eye), glaucoma (an eye disease), asthma (abrupt episodes of wheezing, shortness of breath, and problem breathing), any type of infection, or a herpes infection of the eye (an infection that causes a sore on the eyelid or eye surface area). Likewise tell your doctor if you have chicken pox, measles, or tuberculosis (TB; a kind of lung infection), or if you have been around someone who has among these conditions.
- tell your doctor if you are pregnant, strategy to end up being pregnant, or are breastfeeding. If you become pregnant while using fluticasone, call your doctor.
Note: Unless your doctor informs you otherwise, continue your normal diet.
Fluticasone Nasal Spray Dosage and Side Effects
Use the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is practically time for the next dose, skip the missed out on dosage and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not use a double dosage to make up for a missed out on one.
What side effects can this medication cause? Fluticasone nasal spray may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away: headache, dryness, stinging, burning or irritation in the nose, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, bloody mucus in nose, dizziness.
Some side effects can be serious. If you experience any of these symptoms, stop using fluticasone nasal spray and call your doctor or get emergency medical treatment: vision problems, severe face pain, thick nasal discharge, fever, sore throat, chills, cough, and other signs of infection, whistling noise from the nose, hives, rash, itching, swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs, hoarseness, trouble breathing or swallowing, wheezing, feeling faint, severe or regular nosebleeds.
You need to understand that this medication might cause children to grow at a slower rate. Speak to your child’s doctor if your child is 4 to 11 years of age and needs to use the nonprescription fluticasone nasal spray for more than 2 months each year or if your child is 12 years of age or older and needs to use the nonprescription fluticasone nasal spray for more than 6 months per year.
Fluticasone nasal spray may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any uncommon issues while using this medication.
Storage and Disposal of the Medication
Keep this medication in the container it can be found in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at space temperature and away from excess heat and wetness (not in the restroom). It is very important to keep all medication out of sight and reach of children as lots of containers (such as weekly tablet minders and those for eye drops, creams, spots, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and young children can open them easily. To secure children from poisoning, constantly lock safety caps and right away place the medication in a safe location– one that is up and away and out of their sight and reach.
Unnecessary medications should be gotten rid of in special ways to guarantee that animals, children, and other individuals can not consume them. However, you must not flush this medication down the toilet. Instead, the best method to get rid of your medication is through a medicine take-back program. Speak to your pharmacist or call your local garbage/recycling department to learn about take-back programs in your neighborhood.
In case of emergency/overdose
If someone swallows fluticasone nasal spray, call your local poison nerve center at 1-800-222-1222. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency situation services at 911.
You need to clean your nasal spray applicator at least when a week. You will need to remove the dust cap and after that pull on the applicator to remove it from the bottle. Wash the dust cap and applicator in warm water, let them dry at space temperature, and after that put them back on the bottle. If the applicator is clogged, soak it in warm water and then rinse it in cold water and dry it. Do not use pins or other sharp objects to remove the blockage.
It is important for you to keep a composed list of all the prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines you are taking, as well as any items such as vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements. You should bring this list with you each time you go to a doctor or if you are admitted to a healthcare facility. It is likewise important details to carry with you in case of emergencies.