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Generic Name: fluticasone nasal (flew TIH kah sone)
What is fluticasone nasal?
Fluticasone is a steroid. It prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation.Fluticasone nasal is used to treat the nasal symptoms of allergies and other seasonal reactions.
Fluticasone nasal may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.
What is the most important information I should know about fluticasone nasal?Do not use more of this medication than is prescribed for you. Too much may cause serious side effects.
Use fluticasone nasal on a regular basis for best results. It may take several weeks to get the maximum effect of this medication.
Who should not use fluticasone nasal?
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 fluticasone nasal if you have an infection.Fluticasone is in the FDA pregnancy category C. This means that it is not known whether fluticasone nasal 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 fluticasone nasal without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. Fluticasone nasal is not approved for use by children younger than 4 years of age.
How should I use fluticasone nasal?
Use fluticasone nasal 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 nasal spray:
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 fluticasone nasal. Talk to your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worseStore fluticasone nasal at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
What happens if I 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 I 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 I avoid while using fluticasone nasal?
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.
Avoid 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 fluticasone nasal.
Fluticasone nasal side effectsSerious side effects from fluticasone nasal are not likely to occur. Stop using fluticasone nasal 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 fluticasone nasal and talk to your doctor if you experience
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 bothersome.
What other drugs will affect fluticasone nasal?
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.
Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with fluticasone nasal. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines.
Where can I get more information?
What does my medication look like?
Fluticasone nasal is available with a prescription under the brand name Flonase. Other brand or generic formulations may also be available. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about this medication, especially if it is new to you.
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