Prescription Medication Information


Flonase (Fluticasone) is a nasal corticosteroid that works directly on nasal tissue to reduce swelling and inflammation. The medication is used to treat itching, runny nose, postnasal drip, nasal congestion and sneezing in people with a history of rhinitis.

How to Take Flonase
To get the most benefit from Flonase, make sure you understand how to use the nasal spray properly. Do not use more than two sprays in each nostril daily. It may take a few days before the benefits of Flonase are noticed. If no improvement occurs after several days, notify your doctor.

Side Effects
Common side effects associated with the use of Flonase include nose bleeding, blood in nasal mucus, or nasal burning or irritation. Less common or rare occurrences are headache, sneezing, runny nose, nasal dryness, congestion, or stomach upset. If these effects continue or become bothersome, inform your doctor.

Long-term use of nasal steroids may cause fungal infections of the nose or throat. Inform your doctor if you develop an infection. The medication may be discontinued while the infection is treated. Very unlikely to occur but report: vision problems, headache, increased thirst or urination, unusual weakness, weight loss, nausea, dizziness.

In the very unlikely event you have an allergic reaction to this drug, seek immediate medical attention. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Drug Interactions
Before using Flonase, tell your doctor of all other prescription or nonprescription medicines you use, especially other nasal products (such as cold products), corticosteroids (e.g., prednisone), and antibiotics. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

Tell your doctor your medical history, including any allergies, eye problems (glaucoma), infections, recent nasal surgery or nasal sores you might have. If you are prescribed doses higher than those usually recommended, avoid exposure to chickenpox or measles. If you do become exposed, notify your doctor promptly.

Though very unlikely, it is possible this medication will be absorbed into your bloodstream. This may have undesirable consequences that may require additional corticosteroid treatment. This is especially true for children and for those who have used this for an extended period if they also have serious medical problems such as infections, injuries or surgeries. This precaution applies for up to one year after stopping use of this drug. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.

This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is not known if this drug is excreted into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding. Caution is advised in children as this drug may affect growth patterns.

Missed Dose
If you miss a dose of Flonase, do not double the next dose. Instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.

Do not share this medication with others. Keep Flonase and all medications out of the reach of children.

This information regarding Flonase is intended to supplement, not substitute the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that the use of Flonase is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using Flonase.

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