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Do you suffer from seasonal or year round allergies? If you answered "Yes", Flonase might be the perfect solution you have been looking for.

Flonase is meant not only for the symptoms associated with indoor and outdoor allergies, but can also help with year-round allergies as well. Flonase is a nasal spray that helps reduce the inflammation that can cause allergy symptoms like runny nose, itchiness, congestion, and sneezing. Flonase is non-habit forming, and will not cause drowsiness or sleepiness like similar over the counter products can.

How Flonase Works

Flonase uses a corticosteroid as an anti-inflammatory which acts as the mechanism inhibiting common allergy symptoms. The corticosteroids in Flonase are similar to Cortisol, which is a substance already found in the body. This medication acts as a supplement to the bodyís own natural defenses against common factors that lead to allergy symptoms.

How to Use Flonase

Once the bottle is primed, Flonase is ready to be used. Itís recommended to close one nostril while spraying in the other, and breathe in as you spray the medication to your nose. Be sure to breathe out of your mouth to preserve Flonase inside the nasal cavity. Use a second spray if necessary, and then do the same to the other nostril. Avoid taking more doses then needed.

Differences between Flonase, Nasacort, and Nasonex

Each of these nasal sprays is made to treat bothersome allergy symptoms, with similar active ingredients. The effects of Flonase can be seen within as little as 12 hours of use, while Nasacort may take up to a few days, and Nasonex is meant to be used about 2 weeks prior to the allergy season before regular use for best results. However, Flonase is the only product that can be used by children as young as 4-years-old to treat their seasonal or year round allergy symptoms.

Flonase Side Effects

The side effects of Flonase are generally mild, and may include headache, nosebleeds, or sore throat. Other side effects may occur such as sinus irritation, nausea, vomiting, wheezing, and cough. Like any medication, notify your doctor if any side effects persist or worsen while using this product, especially if you develop any of the following: fever, nasal pain, severe sore throat, pain when swallowing or white patches on the back of the throat. These may be signs of an unlikely but serious fungal infection.

Who should not take Flonase?

Flonase should definitely NOT be taken by anyone with an allergy to steroid inhalants, and is NOT intend to treat any form of asthma attack. The active ingredient in Flonase may cause an increased risk of infection as well, so be sure to avoid persons with chickenpox and measles, especially if you have not been previously vaccinated.

Important Patient Information

FLUTICASONE SPRAY - NASAL (floo-TIK-a-sone) COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Flonase

IMPORTANT: HOW TO USE THIS INFORMATION: This is a summary and does NOT have all possible information about this product. This information does not assure that this product is safe, effective, or appropriate for you. This information is not individual medical advice and does not substitute for the advice of your health care professional. Always ask your health care professional for complete information about this product and your specific health needs.

USES: Fluticasone is used to relieve seasonal and year-round, allergic and non-allergic nasal symptoms such as stuffy/runny nose, itching, and sneezing. This medication belongs to a class of drugs known as corticosteroids. It works by reducing swelling (inflammation) in the nasal passages.

HOW TO USE: Read the Patient Information Leaflet before you start using fluticasone and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Use this medication in the nose as directed by your doctor, usually once or twice a day. Do not spray in your eyes. Gently blow your nose before using this drug. Shake the container gently before each use. Follow the instructions on how to properly prime the bottle if you are using it for the first time or if you have not used it for a week or more. Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. Do not increase your dose or use it more frequently than directed since this may increase the risk of side effects. Your doctor may start you on a higher dose for the first few days of treatment until your symptoms are controlled, then decrease your dose after that. Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same time(s) each day. Clean the applicator regularly. Keep track of the number of sprays used from the container. Discard the container after you have used the number of sprays specified on the manufacturer's package. This medication does not work immediately. You may feel an effect as soon as 12 hours after starting treatment, but it may take several days before the full benefit of this drug takes effect. Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens.

SIDE EFFECTS: Nasal dryness/irritation, nausea, or vomiting may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly. Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects. Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: severe nosebleeds, pain in your nose, eye pain, white patches in your nose/back of your throat, painful swallowing, persistent sore throat. Rarely, it is possible that corticosteroids given in the nose will be absorbed into the bloodstream. This can lead to side effects of too much corticosteroid. These side effects are more likely in children and people who use this medication for a long time and in high doses. Tell your doctor right away if any of the following side effects occur: unusual/extreme tiredness, weight loss, headache, swelling ankles/feet, increased thirst/urination, vision problems. A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing. This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist. In the US - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

PRECAUTIONS: Before using fluticasone, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details. Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: recent nose problems (such as injury, ulcers, surgery), infections (including tuberculosis, herpes eye infection), certain eye problems (glaucoma, cataracts). Avoid contact with people who have infections that may spread to others (such as chickenpox, measles). Consult your doctor if you have been exposed to an infection or for more details. Rarely, using corticosteroid medications for a long time can make it more difficult for your body to respond to physical stress. Therefore, before having surgery or emergency treatment, or if you get a serious illness/injury, tell your doctor or dentist that you are using this medication or have used this medication within the past few months. Though it is unlikely, this medication may slow down a child's growth if used for a long time. The effect on final adult height is unknown. See the doctor regularly so your child's height can be checked. During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval. Some products that may interact with this drug are: HIV protease inhibitors (such as lopinavir, ritonavir).

OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected, contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center.

MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.

STORAGE: Store between 39-86 degrees F (4-30 degrees C) away from light. Keep all medications away from children and pets. Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.

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