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Flonase spray

Written by Healthwords's team of doctors and pharmacists based in UK | Updated: 07.02.2023 | 2 min read

Flonase nasal spray contains fluticasone, a type of medication known as a corticosteroid. There are two products you can buy; these are called Flonase Allergy spray and Flonase Sensimist. Both products have formulations for adults and children. Both products can be used to manage symptoms, including sneezing, nasal congestion, an itchy or runny nose, watery eyes, and sinus discomfort.

How does it work?

Fluticasone works by reducing inflammation in the nasal passages, the root cause of hay fever and other airborne allergy symptoms. It does this because fluticasone is a manufactured version of a corticosteroid, a hormone that is produced naturally in our bodies. By having the same structure as corticosteroids in our bodies, it causes the same effect, in this case, reducing inflammation.

How do I use the medication?

Initially, you should use two sprays into each nostril once a day, usually in the morning. You can increase your dosage to two sprays into each nostril twice a day if your symptoms are not under control. For both products, once your symptoms are under control, try to reduce your dosage. Using your nasal spray regularly each day will provide you with the maximum benefit, helping to stop your symptoms before they occur.

After seven days, if your symptoms do not improve or are still poorly controlled, you should speak with your doctor or pharmacist. Also, it would be best to speak with your doctor before using Flonase for more than six months.

Who should not use the medication?

Do not use the medication if you are allergic to fluticasone or another listed ingredient. Anyone under four years should not use these products. You should speak with your doctor or pharmacist before using the medication if you are pregnant or breastfeeding or have any problems with your nose, such as an injury, infection, ulcers, or recent surgery.

Fluticasone can interact with other medications, such as HIV medications and other corticosteroids. If you take any prescription, over-the-counter, or herbal medicines, ask your doctor or pharmacist to check they are safe to take alongside Flonase.

Are there any side effects?

Seek urgent medical advice if you develop any problems with your eyes, such as blurred vision, cloudy vision, or loss of vision.

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