fluticasone nasal (generic name)
Flonase (brand name)
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What is this medicine?FLUTICASONE (floo TIK a sone) is a corticosteroid. It helps decrease inflammation in your nose. This medicine is used to treat the symptoms of allergies like sneezing, itching, and runny or stuffy nose.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- infection, like tuberculosis, herpes, or fungal infection
- recent surgery on nose or sinuses
- taking corticosteroid by mouth
- an unusual or allergic reaction to fluticasone, steroids, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I use this medicine?This medicine is for use in the nose. Follow the directions on your prescription label. This medicine works best if used regularly. Do not use more often than directed. Make sure that you are using your nasal spray correctly. Ask you doctor or health care provider if you have any questions.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 4 years old for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
What if I miss a dose?If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose and continue with your regular schedule. Do not use double or extra doses.
What may interact with this medicine?
- some medicines for HIV
What should I watch for while using this medicine?Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Some symptoms may improve within 12 hours after starting use. Check with your doctor or health care professional if there is no improvement in your condition after 3 weeks of use.
Do not come in contact with people who have chickenpox or the measles while you are taking this medicine. If you do, call your doctor right away.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
- allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
- changes in vision
- flu-like symptoms
- white patches or sores in the mouth or nose
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
- burning or irritation inside the nose or throat
- unusual taste or smell
Where should I keep my medicine?Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.