How does Flonase act? Will it really help me?
Fluticasone propionate belongs to the group of the drugs known as corticosteroids. This medicine is used for the treatment of seasonal allergic rhinitis, as well as perennial rhinitis. It relieves such symptoms such as sinus pain related to allergic rhinitis. It can take a few days for the drug to achieve its maximum effect. However, it may take some patients about two weeks.
This drug can be found under different brand names and/or in various forms. Any particular brand name of this drug may not be accessible in all of the forms or approved for all of the diseases we will note in this article.
How to use Flonase?
The common dosage for adults and kids over the age of 12 years is 2 sprays in each nostril once daily. Some patients with severe form of disease should use 2 sprays in each nostril twice a day. The maximum dosage is 4 sprays in each nostril a day.
For children aged 4 to 11, the common dosage is 1-2 sprays in each nostril in the morning. The maximum daily dosage is 2 sprays in each nostril a day.
Always shake the drug before using and blow your nose before using it. To achieve the maximum effect, use this drug every day at the same time. For the treatment of seasonal allergies, use this drug before you get exposed to the allergic agent.
If you’re using Flonase for the first time, you should spray it in the air, away from you, until you can see a fine mist.
Flonase must not be used in the following cases:
if you’re allergic to fluticasone or any components of the drug
if you suffer from fungal or bacterial respiratory infections
Possible adverse effects
Many drug can cause adverse effects, which are divided into minor and severe, temporary and permanent. However, not every patient experiences such effects. If the side effects persist or get worse, consult your doctor.
The following adverse effects have been experienced by about 1% of patients taking this drug. Many of them are mild and disappear with time.
Contact your physician if the adverse effects are serious and/or if they start to bother you. Your doctor can tell you how to deal with them.
itching, dryness, or other nasal irritation
change of taste
pain in the throat
Even though most of the below-mentioned adverse effects are rare, they can cause serious problems if not treated in time.
Fluticasone propionate can interact with the following drugs:
“azole” antifungals (such as ketoconzole, itraconazole, voriconazole)
HIV protease inhibitors (atazanavir, darunavir, lopinavir, ritonavir, tipranavir)
macrolide antibiotics (such as clarithromycin and erythromycin)
Inform your doctor you’re using any of these drugs. Your physician can tell you what to do in such case (stop using one of the drugs, replace one of them with the other, change the dosages, etc.)