Flonase - Additional Information on Fluticasone Propionate
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Fluticasone, or Flonase as it is more popularly known, is a steroid which works towards preventing the release of inflammation-causing substances in the body. It is generally used as a treatment for nasal allergy symptoms like sneezing and runny nose. Often, Flonase provides relief from various nasal allergies for up to 24 hours, proving to be immensely effective in providing great comfort to patients.
Unlike many of the non-prescription decongestant sprays, Flonase is not a habit forming drug and does not get the user addicted to it. It also does not induce sleep and can therefore be taken at any time of the day. Moreover, unlike oral steroids which are absorbed directly into the body, the ingredients of Flonase are less likely to be absorbed by the body and thus this drug has very mild, if at all any, side effects.
Each 100mg of Flonase spray contains micronise fluticasone propionate (50mcg).The non-medicinal ingredients include: benzalkonium chloride, dextrose, microcrystalline cellulose and carboxymethyl cellulose sodium, phenylethyl alcohol, polysorbate 800 and purified water.
Fluticasone is generally available as a solution to be inhaled using a nasal spray applicator. The inhalers must be cleaned on a regular basis in order to maintain hygiene and not cause any further infection. Always shake the bottle gently and remove the dust cover before use. If the nasal spray is being used for the first time or after a long gap, it must first be primed into the air. The spray must be used strictly as per directions of a medical practitioner. In case of any doubt, please consult your doctor.
Flonase must be stored between 4oC and 30oC. It must be kept out of reach of children & pets and not be used after the expiry date of the drug. The drug is not recommended for children below the age of 4 years.
Dosages of Flonase vary for adults and children. The typical recommended dosage is:
*Adults and children 12 years and above: A dosage of 2 sprays in each nostril once a day is recommended .However, the maximum daily dose must not exceed 400mcg (that is, 4 sprays in each nostril).
*Children of 4 to 11 years of age: A dosage of 1-2 sprays in each nostril in the morning is recommended. However, the maximum daily dose should not exceed 200 mcg (2 sprays in each nostril).
After beginning treatment with Flonase, one must visit a doctor regularly to monitor the progress of the treatment. In case of any side effects or there being no improvement in the condition, the doctor must be contacted immediately. Flonase treatment is generally not stopped all of a sudden but is gradually tapered off in consultation with a doctor.