Flonase is a nasal spray. Its main component is Fluticasone. It is a corticosteroid which prevents the release of the substances triggering inflammation from the human body. The medicine is used for the treatment of nasal congestion, head cold and sneezing caused by the cold virus. Flonase can be used by kids over the age of 4 and adults.
Certain medical conditions can impact the use of the nasal spray. Therefore, you should inform your doctor if you have such diseases as glaucoma, diabetes, tuberculosis, eye herpes, cataract, liver dysfunction or sores in the nose.
You can note the first improvements in several days. If it doesn’t happen, you should ask the doctor about the change in the use of drug.
As the medicine can decreased the immunity levels, you shouldn’t contact with sick or infected people.
Don’t use the drug after taking 120 sprays (even if anything’s left).
Children under the age of 4 must not use Flonase without the doctor’s approval. Always stick to the doctor’s prescriptions.
Flonase must be used only according to the physician’s prescription and the drug instructions. Avoid sharing the spray with the people suffering from similar diseases. The common dosage is 1-2 sprays in each nostril every day. However, it depends on how fast your symptoms improve. Before starting to use the spray, you should check if it comes out in the form of mist and not the drops. Flonase must be introduced into one nostril at a time. If the medicine gets into your eyes or mouth, wash this area thoroughly.
Skipping a dose/overdose
If you have skipped the dosage of Flonase, use it as soon as possible. If it’s already time to take the next dose, you should skip the missed dose and take only the scheduled one. Never double the dose to compensate for the missed one.
In case of overdose, seek the medical assistance immediately. Even though the overdose with this drug can’t cause any serious conditions, the long use of this corticosteroid may significantly increase the risk of such adverse effects as painful menstruation, decreased libido, thinning of the skin, acne, bruises and changes in the location of body fat.
Usually, the use of Flonase is completely safe if taken according to the doctor’s prescription. The adverse effects can vary from weight loss to persistent and severe nasal bleeding and breathing difficulty. If these adverse effects persist, you should stop the treatment and contact the doctor.