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A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
Chemical Name FLUTICASONE (floo-TIK-a-sone)
Each Brand spray has 120 doses.
FLONASE nasal spray is a corticosteroid nasal spray used to treat nasal symptoms such as itching, sneezing, congestion, and runny nose caused by seasonal or year-round allergies. FLONASE is for use in adults and children who are at least 2 years old.
Take this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Before using the spray for the first time, shake well and spray 6 test sprays into the air. Spray until a fine mist appears.
The usual dose of FLONASE is 1-2 sprays into each nostril daily. Shake the medicine bottle well just before each use. It may take up to several days before your symptoms improve. Keep using the medication as directed and tell your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after a week of treatment.
Throw away FLONASE after you have used 120 sprays, even if there is still medicine left in the bottle.
Patients should not use FLONASE if they are allergic to fluticasone or if they are taking ritonavir (Norvir, Kaletra). To enusre you can safely use FLONASE, tell your doctor if you have any of the following:
Do not give this medicine to a child younger than 2 years old without medical advice. Steroid medication can affect growth in children.
Common side effects may include headache, nosebleed, burning or irritation in the nose, runny nose, bloody mucus in the nose, cough, vomiting, diarrhea and dizziness.
Serious side effects may include severe or ongoing nosebleeds, noisy breathing, runny nose, or crusting around your nostrils, redness, sores, or white patches in your mouth or throat, fever, chills, weakness, nausea, vomiting, flu symptoms, any wound that will not heal, blurred vision, eye pain, or seeing halos around lights.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about additional side effects that you may experience.