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Flonase is used to treat inflammation, allergy, pruritus which appear in patients with allergic rhinitis, asthma, eczema, Hyde prurigo nodularis, psoriasis, neurodermatitis, Vidal's disease (lichen simplex chronicus), lichen planus, contact hypersensitivity, discoid lupus erythematosus, generalized erythroderma, insect bites, miliaria rubra, seborrheic dermatitis. Its active component, Fluticasone propionate, inhibits proliferation of mast cells, eosinophils, lymphocytes, macrophages and neutrophils, reduces production and release of inflammation mediators and other biological active substances (histamine, eicosanoids, leukotrienes and cytokines).
Dosage and direction
Flonase can be sold in form of a nasal spray, inhalation aerosol and inhalation powder which are taken orally. Follow all recommendations of your doctor. Do not take doubled dose of the medication.
Cautiousness should be exercised after systemic use of glucocorticoids, especially in patients with adrenal gland disorders. Inhalations of Flonase cannot be used in individuals with pulmonary tuberculosis. Treatment with help of Flonase nasal spray is recommended to be done at regular intervals. Flonase inhalations should not be stopped suddenly. Avoid spraying or getting a cream and ointment in eyes. Steroid medications may increase the risk of infections such as chickenpox and measles, so avoid contact with infected or sick people. Steroid medications can stunt the growth in children and adolescents, so regular monitoring of height and weight is important.
Flonase is contraindicated in patients with hypersensitivity to the medication, breastfeeding and pregnant women, children under 1 y.o. and those under 4 y.o. in form of a spray. It cannot be used if you currently have acne (pink and common), perioral dermatitis, perianal and genital itching, primary skin lesions of bacterial, viral and fungal etiology.
Possible side effects
The most usual adverse reactions of Flonase are headache, nasal bleeding, sneezing, cough, nausea, infection of upper respiratory tract, nasal irritation, vomiting. Allergic reactions such as skin rash, itching, facial swelling, and anaphylaxis are possible. High doses of steroid medications and Flonase in particular cause Cushing's syndrome which is characterized by rapid weight gain and changes in the appearance of the face. In rare cases Flonase can facilitate development of fungal infection in the nose and throat such as Candidiasis.
Concomitant use of Flonase with other steroids such as prednisone and dexamethasone increases risk of developing Cushing's syndrome. Steroids can be included in formulas of asthma inhalers, skin creams, eye and ear drops. Inform your doctor if you are taking ketoconazole, HIV drugs (amprenavir, indinavir, ritonavir, saquinavir, and nelfinavir).
If you forgot to take your dose in time, please do it as soon as you remember. But do not take if it is too late or almost time for your next dose. Do not increase your recommended dose. Take your doses at about the same time each day to avoid missing a dose.
Cushing's syndrome which symptoms are rapid weight gain and changes in the appearance of the face develops from excessive doses of Flonase. Check with your doctor as soon as possible if you suppose that took too much of this medication.
Store at room temperature away from moisture, sunlight, kids and pets in a tight container.
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