Generic Name: fluticasone propionate
Drug Class: corticosteroid
Flonase Nasal Spray Indications
Flonase is a nasal prescription spray used to manage nasal symptoms caused by seasonal allergic rhinitis and perennial nonallergic rhinitis among patients 4 years of age and up. It relieves symptoms, including runny nose, sneezing, itching, and nasal congestion.
Flonase Nasal Spray Dosage Forms
This is available in Flonase 50 mcg fluticasone propionate nasal spray.
Flonase Nasal Spray Mechanism of Action
The exact effect of this nasal spray is still unknown. However, corticosteroids have a wide range of effects on multiple cell types and mediators responsible for allergic inflammation.
How to Use Flonase Nasal Spray
Before you start using Flonase Nasal Spray, it is necessary to read the drug information, patient information leaflet, or medication guide given by a healthcare professional. You must not use this nasal spray or any other medications unless you have understood the uses and directions. Talk to your doctor if you need further medical advice.
Flonase Nasal Spray is usually prescribed once or twice a day. Avoid administering more than 2 sprays in each nostril in a day. Make a dosing schedule so you will not miss your doses. Do not increase/decrease your Flonase Nasal Spray dosage or use this spray more frequently than prescribed.
Step-by-step Guide on using Flonase Nasal Spray
- Before administering this nasal spray, blow your nose and clear your nostrils.
- Open the cap of the nasal spray.
- Hold the bottle properly by holding the top portion between the index finger and middle finger. Support the bottom part using your thumb.
- Insert the nasal applicator into the nostril and block the other nostril by pressing it with your finger.
- Tilt your head forward slightly. With the spray bottle in an upright position, press the finger rest quickly but firmly to release the solution. Inhale through your nose while you dispense the drug. Avoid spraying it in your eyes or in the nasal septum.
- Once you are finished with both nostrils, wipe the applicator tip with a clean tissue and replace the bottle cap.
Flonase Nasal Spray Side Effects
Mild & Common Side Effects:
Severe Side Effects:
-Persistent sore throat
-Whistling sound from the nose
-White patches in the nose or throat
-Swelling of the lower extremities
Note that this is not a full/complete list of the side effects of Flonase Nasal Spray.
It is important for you to fully understand the uses and directions of any medication before you take it.
Warnings and Precautions when using Flonase Nasal Spray
Do not use this spray if you have a known allergy to fluticasone or any inactive ingredients it may contain. Observe any signs of serious allergic reactions, including breathing difficulties, swelling of the face and neck, dizziness, swollen lymph nodes, hives, and skin rashes. Seek medical attention immediately if any of these occur when taking this oral medication.
This medication may be contraindicated for people with a history of any medical condition, such as recent infections, nose problems, eye conditions, and liver disease. Due to the possibility of drug interactions, you should mention all of your prescription and non-prescription medications, supplements, and herbal products.
Inflammatory agents such as corticosteroids can weaken the body’s defense system. A drug such as this might mask signs of infection or make you more likely to develop an infection. It is important not to come in contact with people who have or recently acquired illnesses, such as flu, chicken pox, or measles.
If you are pregnant/breastfeeding, you should talk to your doctor about the possible risks of this product and the possible effects on unborn babies and breastfed infants.
How much does Flonase Nasal Spray cost in Canada?
You may see the price of this nasal spray at the top of this page. The generic version is also available for a much lower price.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is Flonase Nasal Spray used for?
Flonase Nasal Spray (generic name: fluticasone propionate) is being used for perennial nonallergic rhinitis and seasonal allergic reaction. It can also manage nasal symptoms caused by those conditions.
Is Flonase Nasal Spray an antihistamine or steroid?
This nasal medication is not an antihistamine. This is classified as a corticosteroid which works by decreasing the inflammation caused by allergies.
Is it better to use Flonase Nasal spray in the morning or at night?
If prescribed once a day, this prescription drug is administered in the morning. Even if you administer it in the morning, it can relieve the symptoms throughout the day.
Can children use Flonase Nasal Spray?
This prescription medication is safe and effective for children 4 years of age and above. However, it should be used with caution because pediatric patients are more sensitive to its adverse effects.
How long can I use Flonase Nasal Spray?
Although most nasal sprays cannot be used for longer than three days, this nasal drug can be used for a month. Note that you should not use it longer than prescribed. If your symptoms do not improve, notify your healthcare provider.
Can Flonase Nasal Spray be purchased over the counter?
This product is a prescription drug. You must present a valid prescription when you purchase this product from any pharmacy.