Flonase is a nasal spray which contains the compound Fluticasone. It is a corticosteroid which inhibits the release of certain substances from the body. These substances cause inflammation and it is basically a defense mechanism which the body adopts. It is used to treat various types of nasal congestions, runny nose and mild to moderate sneezing because of cold virus. It can be used by children and adults alike. However, the drug should not be given to children below 4 years.
Important safety information
Flonase may be taken after taking into account important information regarding the safety of drug use. These include:
- Certain health conditions can affect the use of the nasal spray; hence one should inform the doctor if ailments like glaucoma, diabetes, tuberculosis, herpes simplex of the eyes, cataract, liver disease, or nose ulcers are present.
- The drug may take a few days before showing any improvement in the symptoms. If not the person has to check with the doctor for changes in the medication.
- The drug can bring down the immunity levels and it is advised to not come in contact with someone who is sick or have any infection.
- Once 120 sprays are over since opening the medication, it should be disposed of even if there is any remaining.
- Do not administer Flonase to a child younger than four years of age without consulting with the doctor. Follow the dosage instructions precisely.
How to use the nasal spray?
Flonase nasal spray should be used only as directed by the physician and the information on the product leaflet. Never share the spray with any person not prescribed to use it even if they have similar symptoms. The typical dose is one or two sprays in each nostril in a day. This may change depending on whether your symptoms improve or not. Before using the spray for the first time, it must be primed and checked to see if the medication comes out as a mist and not as droplets. The spray must be administered one nostril at a time after it has been cleaned. If the medication gets into the eye or mouth then wash that area properly.
Missing a dose and overdose
If you have missed a dose of Flonase, then use the medication as early as you remember to do so. If it is time for the next scheduled dose then skip the missed dose entirely. Do not double the dose to make up for the missed dose.
In case of suspected overdose then call for emergency medical assistance. Although the drug overdose does not cause any major effects that may be life-threatening, prolonged use of this corticosteroid can drastically increase the risk of major side effects like menstruation problems, lack of interest in sex, thinning skin, facial acne, easy bruising, and changes in the location of body fat.
Flonase Side Effects
In general, it has been found that Flonase is quite safe if taken in recommended dosage as per doctor’s prescription. The side effects could range from weight loss to ongoing and severe bleeding of the nose, nostrils that become crusted to heavy and noisy breathing. All these side effects must be carefully observed and if they are persistent, the product must be discontinued and other medical opinions must be sought.