Flonase Nasal Spray (Fluticasone)

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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.

Description

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.

Directions

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.

Cautions

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:

  • glaucoma or cataracts
  • liver disease
  • herpes simplex virus of your eyes
  • tuberculosis or any other infection or illness
  • sores or ulcers inside your nose
  • if you have recently had injury of or surgery on your nose
  • if you have diabetes
  • are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant
  • are breastfeeding or planning on breastfeeding
FLONASE can lower blood cells that help your body fight infections. Avoid being near people who are sick or have infections. Call your doctor for preventive treatment if you are exposed to chicken pox or measles. These conditions can be serious or even fatal in people who are using FLONASE.

Do not give this medicine to a child younger than 2 years old without medical advice. Steroid medication can affect growth in children.

Side Effects

Using the medicine can have a few minor side effects, but they are common and tend to go away once the treatment is finished. These side effects include:

  • Cough
  • Trouble breathing
  • Sinus pain
  • Nausea
  • Burning or itching in the nose
  • A headache
  • A sore throat
  • White patches around the nose
The following symptoms, however, require immediate medical attention and discontinuation of the drug.
  • Severe nosebleeds
  • Blurred vision
  • Redness in eyes
  • A runny nose
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Wounds
IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.

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