Flunisolide Nasal Spray

Generic Name: Flunisolide

  • What is Flunisolide Nasal Spray?

    Flunisolide nasal spray is a medicine used for the relief of nasal (nose) symptoms of seasonal or year-round allergies (such as runny nose, sneezing, or stuffy nose). Flunisolide comes in the form of a nasal solution.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Flunisolide Nasal Spray?

    Flunisolide is for use in your nose only.

    Flunisolide can have a greater effect on children because they are more likely to absorb large amounts of the medicine. Long-term use can affect the growth and development of children. Talk to your doctor if you think your child is not growing at a normal rate after using this medication for a long period of time.

    If you use flunisolide, you can have a higher chance of getting an infection. Tell your doctor if you develop a fever or other signs of infection.

    Do not expose yourself to chickenpox or measles while you are receiving flunisolide. This can be very serious and even fatal in children and adults who have not had chickenpox or measles. Also, use flunisolide with caution if you have active or inactive tuberculosis (a bacterial infection that affects the lungs), as well as untreated fungal, bacterial, or viral infections.

    Flunisolide can impair wound healing. This medication should be used with caution if you have nasal ulcers, frequent nose bleeds, nasal trauma, or nasal surgery until healing has occurred.

    Tell your doctor if your symptoms do not improve, if your condition worsens, or if sneezing or nasal irritation occurs.

  • Who should not take Flunisolide Nasal Spray?

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

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Flunisolide Nasal Spray?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with flunisolide. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have any infections, tuberculosis, asthma, or nasal problems.

  • What is the usual dosage?

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

    Adults: The recommended starting dose is 2 sprays in each nostril twice a day. Your doctor may increase your dose as needed.

    Children 6-14 years: The recommended starting dose is 1 spray in each nostril 3 times a day or 2 sprays in each nostril twice a day.

  • How should I take Flunisolide Nasal Spray?

    Use flunisolide exactly as prescribed by your doctor.

    You must prime (to release into the air the dose that is already in the device) the nasal spray unit if you are using it for the first time, if it has not been used for 5 days or longer, or if it has been disassembled for cleaning. Push the bottle firmly and quickly 5-6 times or until you see a fine mist.

    Use flunisolide at regular intervals. Gently blow your nose to clear your nostrils. Bend your head forward when you spray flunisolide into each of your nostrils. Bend your head back for a few seconds after using the spray.

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

  • What should I avoid while taking Flunisolide Nasal Spray?

    Do not spray flunisolide in your eyes.

    Be careful that your fingers do not slip off of the flunisolide pump as you spray.

    If the spray nozzle becomes clogged, do not attempt to clear it using a pointed object.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Flunisolide Nasal Spray?

    No significant interactions have been reported with flunisolide at this time. However, always tell your doctor about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

  • What are the possible side effects of Flunisolide Nasal Spray?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: bloody mucus, headache, hole in the wall between your nostrils, loss of smell or taste, nasal burning or stinging, nasal congestion, nasal irritation, nausea, nose bleed, slowed growth, sneezing, sore throat, watery eyes, vomiting

  • Can I receive Flunisolide Nasal Spray if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

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

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Flunisolide Nasal Spray?

    If you miss a dose of flunisolide, apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply two doses at once.

  • How should I store Flunisolide Nasal Spray?

    Store at room temperature.