Flonase

Generic Name: Fluticasone

  • What is this medication and its most common uses?

    Flonase is a medicine used to treat nasal symptoms due to seasonal or year-round allergies, as well as non-allergic nasal symptoms. Flonase is available as a nasal spray.

  • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

    How does this medication work?

    Flonase works by reducing inflammation in your nose.

    What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

    What: Flonase has been shown to reduce nasal symptoms, such as stuffiness, runniness, sneezing, and itching.

    When: Flonase may begin to work within 12 hours of the first dose, but it takes several days of regular use to reach its greatest effect.

    How do I know it is working?

    You may feel an improvement in your breathing once you begin using Flonase. This is a good indicator that your medication is working. Your healthcare provider may ask you questions to assess how well your symptoms are controlled.

  • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

    The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

    More common side effects may include: headache.

    Less common side effects may include:

    Slowed or delayed growth in children.

    Infections in your nose and throat, formation of a hole in the wall between your nostrils, or impaired wound healing.

    Eye problems, including glaucoma (high pressure in the eye) and cataracts.

  • Who should not take this medication?

    Do not use Flonase if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

    Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Flonase. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have asthma, tuberculosis (a bacterial infection that affects the lungs), any type of infection (including an eye infection), a sore in your nose, had nasal surgery or a recent nasal injury, had chickenpox or measles or have recently been near anyone with chickenpox or measles, or if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.

    Adults: The recommended starting dose is two sprays in each nostril once a day or one spray in each nostril twice a day.

    Children ≥4 years and adolescents: The recommended starting dose is one spray in each nostril once a day.

    Your healthcare provider may adjust your or your child's dose as appropriate.

  • How should I take this medication?

    Use Flonase exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not use it more often or stop using it without first talking to your healthcare provider.

    Shake the bottle gently before each use.

    Please review the instructions that came with your prescription on how to properly use Flonase.

  • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

    Do not spray Flonase into your eyes.

    Do not come in contact with anyone who has chickenpox or measles while you are using Flonase.

  • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

    If Flonase is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your healthcare provider before combining Flonase with the following: ketoconazole or ritonavir.

  • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Flonase during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

    If you miss a dose of Flonase, skip that dose and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.

  • How should I store this medication?

    Store in the refrigerator or at room temperature.

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