What is Flonase
is a steroid. It prevents the release of substances in the
body that cause inflammation.
is used to treat the nasal symptoms of allergies and other
may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this
General medical information about Flonase
Do not use more of this medication than is prescribed
for you. Too much may cause serious side effects.
Use Flonase on a regular basis for best results. It may
take several weeks to get the maximum effect of this medication.
Who should not use Flonase
Before using this medication, tell your doctor if
you have a viral, bacterial, or fungal infection of any
kind. The absorption of this drug into your system can inhibit
your body's ability to fight off infections. You may not
be able to use Flonase if you have an infection.
Fluticasone is in the FDA pregnancy category C. This means
that it is not known whether Flonase will harm an unborn
baby. Do not use this medication without first talking to
your doctor if you are pregnant.
It is not known
whether fluticasone passes into breast milk. Do not use
Flonase without first talking to your doctor if you are
breast-feeding a baby.
Flonase is not approved for
use by children younger than 4 years of age.
How should you use Flonase Use Flonase spray exactly as directed by your doctor.
Read the information insert included with your medication.
If you do not understand these instructions, ask your pharmacist,
nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.
To use the
- Shake the bottle gently and then remove
the dust cover.
- It is necessary to prime the pump
into the air the first time it is used, or when you have
not used it for a week or more. To prime the pump, hold
the bottle with the nasal applicator pointing away from
you and with your forefinger and middle finger on either
side of the nasal applicator and your thumb underneath the
bottle. Press down and release the pump three to four times
until a fine spray appears. The pump is now ready to use.
- Blow your nose to clear your nostrils.
Close one nostril. Tilt your head forward slightly and,
keeping the bottle upright, carefully insert the nasal applicator
into the other nostril.
- Start to breathe in through
your nose, and while breathing in press firmly down once
on the applicator to release the spray. Use your forefinger
and middle finger to spray while supporting the base of
the bottle with your thumb. Breathe gently inwards through
the nostril. Breathe out through your mouth.
a second spray is required in that nostril, repeat the above
- Repeat the above steps in the other nostril.
- Wipe the nasal applicator with a clean tissue and
replace the dust cover.
- Do not use this bottle
for more than 120 sprays even though the bottle is not completely
Clean the nasal spray at least once a week.
Remove the dust cover and then gently pull upwards to free
the nasal applicator. Wash the applicator and dust cover
under warm tap water. If the nasal applicator becomes blocked,
let it soak in warm water. Do not try to unblock the nasal
applicator by inserting a pin or other sharp object. Allow
the pieces to dry at room temperature, then place the applicator
and dust cover back on the bottle.
Do not use more
of this medication than is prescribed for you. Never use
more than two sprays in each nostril (200 mcg) per day.
It may take a few weeks to see the effects of Flonase. Talk
to your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they
Store Flonase at room temperature away
from moisture and heat.
If you miss a dose: Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. However,
if it is almost time for your next regularly scheduled dose,
skip the missed dose and use the next one as directed. Do
not use a double dose of this medication.
What happens if you overdose: An overdose of this medication is not likely to occur.
If you do think that an overdose has occurred, call an emergency
room or poison control center.
What should you avoid while using Flonase Avoid items or activities that you know are allergens
for you if they make your symptoms worse. Clean areas where dust or pet fur may aggravate your condition.
exposing yourself to known sources of infection. Stay away
from people with chicken pox, measles, or any other type
of infection. Your immune system may not be strong enough
to fight off an infection while you are using Flonase.
Possible side effects of Flonase Serious side effects from Flonase are not likely
to occur. Stop using Flonase and seek emergency medical
attention if you experience an allergic reaction (difficulty
breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips,
tongue, or face; or hives).
Other, less serious side
effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to use Flonase
and talk to your doctor if you experience
or burning of the nose;
- sneezing after application;
- yeast infection in the nose or throat (white patches);
- bleeding nose;
- perforated septum (inside
center of nose);
- increased pressure in the eyes,
glaucoma, or tearing of the eyes;
- headache or lightheadedness;
- asthma symptoms;
- nasal stuffiness or a runny nose; or
(or loss of) taste or smell.
Side effects other than
those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about
any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially
What other drugs will affect Flonase Before using this medication, tell your doctor and
pharmacist about any other drugs you are taking. The use
of other oral or inhaled steroids may increase the chance
of side effects or overdose.
other than those listed here may also interact with Flonase.
Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription
or over-the-counter medicines.