Generic Name(s): Fluticasone propionate
Drug Class: corticosteroids
Treats: nasal inflammation
Flonase, or Fluticasone propionate, is a steroid nasal spray that prohibits substances in the body from contributing to inflammation by hindering its effect on multiple cell types and mediators involved with inflammation. Inflammation, part of the body's immune system, is a biological response to remove harmful stimuli, irritants, or pathogens in the body. The five signs of inflammation include pain, redness, immobility, swelling, and heat. Flonase is used to improve breathing functions during this inflammation process and decrease overall inflammation in the nasal passages. Flonase is in the class of drugs known as corticosteroids, specifically glucocorticoids, which are hormones that affect the metabolism of carbohydrates and fat and protein.
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Generally, Fluticasone propionate is used to treat asthma, allergic rhinitis, nasal polyps, various skin disorders, Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. It is also used to treat eosinophilic esophagitis. More specifically, Flonase is a nasal spray used to treat symptoms such as congestion, sneezing, and runny nose caused by seasonal or year-round allergies. Flonase is for use in adults and children who are at least two years old.
- Allergic Rhinitis
- Nasal Polyps
- Crohn's Disease
- Ulcerative Colitis
The correct dosage of Flonase is dependent on age and should not be used for anyone under the age of four. The dosage may also vary depending on the medical condition it is being used to treat. Consult with your doctor or medical professional for the correct dosing.
- Adults: The recommended starting dosage in adults is two sprays at 50 mcg each in each nostril once daily. This is a total daily dosage of 200 mcg. The same dosage divided into 100 mcg given twice daily is also effective. After the first few days, patients may be able to reduce their dosage to 100 mcg (1 spray in each nostril) once daily for maintenance therapy.
- Children (Age 4+): Patients should be started with 100 mcg, one spray in each nostril once daily. Patients that don't adequately respond to 100 mcg may use 200 mcg, two sprays in each nostril. Once control is achieved, the dosage should be decreased to 100 mcg (1 spray in each nostril) daily. It is recommended that the maximum total daily dosage doesn't exceed two sprays in each nostril at 200 mcg per day.
Flonase Side Effects
Since inflammation is a necessary part of the body's immune system, nasal spray abuse can lead to weakened immune system, increased risk of systemic infections, osteoporosis, and elevated pressure in the eyes. If you experience any severe side effects while taking Flonase, consult with your doctor immediately.
- nasal irritation
- white patches in nose or throat
- sore throat
- vision problems
- swelling of face/neck
- difficulty breathing or swallowing
When using Flonase, it is important to understand the effect of interactions the substance will have with other chemicals. Fluticasone has shown adverse effects when interacting with the list of drug below. Note, the list does not include all possible interactions with Flonase.