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Flonase is a nasal corticosteroid that works directly on nasal tissue to reduce swelling and inflammation. Flonase is used to treat itching, runny nose, postnasal drip, nasal congestion and sneezing in people with a history of rhinitis.
HOW TO USE
To get the most benefit from Flonase, make sure you understand how to use the nasal spray properly. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to show you how to use the pump and nasal adapter. Shake gently before each use. Before using the medication for the first time, the unit must be "primed" with 3 to 4 pumps of the spray. Use Flonase exactly as prescribed. Do not use more than two sprays in each nostril daily. It may take a few days before the benefits of the medication are noticed. If no improvement occurs after several days, notify your doctor.
The more common side effects are 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.
Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: any allergies, eye problems (glaucoma), infections, recent nasal surgery, nasal sores. 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 Flonase 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 serious infections, injuries or surgeries. This precaution applies for up to one year after stopping use of Flonase. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details. Flonase should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is not known if Flonase is excreted into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding. Caution is advised in children as Flonase may affect growth patterns. Consult child''s doctor. Avoid use in children under 4.
Tell your doctor of all other prescription or nonprescription medicines you use, especially of: other nasal products (such as cold products), other corticosteroids (e.g., prednisone), antibiotics. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.
If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Your condition can cause complications in a medical emergency. For enrollment information call MedicAlert at 1-800-854-1166 (USA), or 1-800-668-1507 (Canada).
Do not share Flonase with others. Watering or itching eyes often associated with allergies are not significantly relieved by Flonase. Inform all your doctors you use (or have used) Flonase.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as remembered; do not take it if it is near the time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.
Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C) away from heat and light. Do not store in the bathroom.