Flonase is a nasal spray that can be used to treat allergic and non-allergic rhinitis. By decreasing inflammation, the medicine can help reduce nasal itching, sneezing, and runny or stuffy nose. Flonase is available by prescription and is generally used once or twice a day. Flonase has fluticasone propionate nasal spray which is a prescribed medication approved to treat sneezing, runny or stuffy nose, and nasal itching known medically as rhinitis. It is approved to treat these symptoms due to either allergies (known as allergic rhinitis) or other causes (known as non-allergic rhinitis).

Flonase is made by GlaxoSmithKline. Runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, and nasal itching are common problems that can be treated with Flonase. Uses of the medicine specifically include the treatment of seasonal or perennial nasal allergy symptoms, and non-allergic nasal symptoms. The nasal spray has been approved for use in both adults and children as young as four years old. The other uses of Flonase may include the treatment of nasal polyps.

How to Use Flonase Spray

  • Flonase comes in nasal spray form. It is usually taken once or twice a day.
  • Be sure to shake the bottle well before each use.
  • Blow your nose before each Flonase dose. Breathe in gently while spraying the medication into your nose. Do not try to inhale the spray or breathe in too deeply, as Flonase works when it comes into contact with the inside surfaces of the nose, not the throat or lungs.
  • Avoid aiming the spray toward the wall that separates your nostrils (in the middle of your nose, called the nasal septum). Spraying Flonase toward the nasal septum increases the risk of nosebleeds. Some people find it easiest to avoid this by holding the bottle in the opposite hand using the right hand to spray into the left nostril, and vice versa.

Cautions before use Flonase Spray

  • Flonase is a steroid and may suppress the immune system.
  • Flonase can suppress the body’s ability to make natural steroids. Usually, this happens when too much Flonase is taken.
  • Flonase may slow down the growth rate of children and teenagers.
  • Flonase can cause glaucoma or cataracts, or may make these conditions worse.
  • Flonase should not be taken during pregnancy.

Flonase Spray Side Effects

The side effects which may arise due to the usage of Flonase are as follows:

  • Blood in the nasal discharge
  • Runny nose
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Flu-like symptoms such as chills and muscle aches
  • Dizziness
  • Bronchitis
  • Headaches
  • Sore Throat
  • Nausea

Flonase Spray Reactions and Overdose

When protease inhibitors or certain antibiotics or antifungals are taken in conjunction with Flonase, drug interactions may occur. These interactions could increase the level of Flonase in your blood, which may lead to potentially serious side effects. To reduce your risk of developing negative Flonase interactions, be sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are currently taking.

It is not known exactly what to expect from a Flonase overdose. It appears that a short-term overdose of Flonase is not likely to be dangerous. In studies, large doses of Flonase did not cause any problems other than light complication and if happens so then the patient must be given medical support.


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