Fluticasone propionate also sold under the brand name Flonase, Flovent, Flixonase, Flohale, Flomist, Flixotide Discus among several other brands belongs to a family of medicines called corticosteroids which further belong to the family of medicines called steroids. Steroids prevent the release of chemicals in the body that cause inflammation. This medication is used normally as a nasal spray or an inhaler to treat runny nose, sneezing, irritation, discomfort of hay fever, or other nasal allergies.
Fluticasone propionate may also be used for treatments not listed above.
Important Information about Fluticasone Propionate
Fluticasone Propionate is a prescription only medicine and hence shouldn’t be taken without a doctor’s prescription. You must not use this drug if you allergic to fluticasone or if you are taking anti HIV-AIDS medication ritonavir.
The results of taking this medication may not be visible before several days of taking it. Let your doctor know if your symptoms don’t improve even after a week of treatment.
Fluticasone Propionate may reduce the count of white blood cells in your body thereby decreasing the immunity of your body. So avoid being near to sick people and where catching an infection is very easy like a hospital. Consult your doctor for preventive measures if you are exposed to chicken pox or measles. These conditions can be very dangerous or even fatal in people who are using this drug.
Don’t give Fluticasone propionate medication to children below 2 years of age without the advice of a doctor as steroids can be detrimental to a child’s growth. Never share this medication with someone even if he or she has the same symptoms as yours.
Before taking Fluticasone Propionate
Don’t take Fluticasone Propionate if you are allergic to it or if you are taking anti retroviral drugs like ritonavir.
Let your doctor know if you are suffering from any of these diseases for safe use of fluticasone propionate: eye disorders like glaucoma or cataracts; liver disease; herpes in eyes; tuberculosis or any other infectious disease; sores or ulcers in the nose; or if you had a recent nose injury or surgery.
Also let your doctor know if you are suffering from diabetes as steroidal medications may increase blood or urine glucose levels and you may need to adjust the dosage of diabetes medications.
Don’t take Fluticasone Propionate if you are pregnant or nursing a baby without your doctor’s advice as it may be harmful to your unborn or nursing baby respectively.
How should I take Fluticasone Propionate?
You should take Fluticasone Propionate as advised by your doctor. You must not change the amounts of this medication in any way, either smaller or larger. This medication usually comes with patient directions. Read them properly for exact details.
Prior to using fluticasone propionate, prepare the pump of the medicine bottle by priming it and clear your nose by blowing. Then insert the opening of the medicine dispenser into your nose and with the head slanting forward a little, spray the medicine while gently breathing in through your nose.
Use fluticasone propionate regularly without fail as prescribed by your doctor for optimum results. This drug normally starts its healing in about 12 hours but you may not witness its full effects before several days.
What happens if I miss a dose of Fluticasone Propionate?
Don’t forget to take the fluticasone propionate medication at the scheduled time. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember it. However don’t take the missed dose if time to take the next dose is almost near. Take the next dose on its time and follow the normal schedule. Never double dose on this or any medication
What happens if I Overdose on Fluticasone Propionate?
Never overdose on fluticasone propionate or any other medication. Overdosing on fluticasone propionate may not cause any dangerous side effects but long term use of high steroidal doses may lead to skin thinning, easy bruising, fat deposition changes (location and shape), blindness or blurred vision, fractures in bones, high blood pressure, lethargy, muscle wasting, more acne and facial hair, irregular menstruation, impotence, or loss of sexual desire. Get urgent medical help if you experience life threatening symptoms of overdose.
Things to avoid while taking Fluticasone Propionate
Don’t spray fluticasone propionate medication into your eyes or mouth. Rinse them if you spray accidently. Also avoid being near to sick people or areas where chances of catching an infection is high like a hospital. Get preventive treatment immediately if exposed to chicken pox or measles.
Fluticasone Propionate Side Effects
Some very common side effects of fluticasone propionate are headache, cough, nausea, vomiting, blood in mucus or bleeding through nose.
Some less common side effects of fluticasone propionate are fever, excessive mucus, giddiness, general aches, reduced appetite, lethargy, runny nose, or diarrhea. Rarely may you witness white spots inside nose or throat.
The list of side effects mentioned above is non exhaustive. You may witness other effects as well. Call your doctor right away If you feel that the side effects are life threatening or dangerous.
Fluticasone Dosing Information
Amount of dosage varies from patient to patient and your doctor will prescribe you the correct dose after examining your condition. Other factors like strength of medicine, length of usage also determine the dosage.
Interaction with other drugs
Fluticasone may interact with some medications, especially anti retroviral medications. Even then, your doctor may prescribe you interacting medications though with adjusted dosage and some precautions. Let your doctor know about your medical history along with any present medications or herbal products.
Some of these medications are potentially interactive with fluticasone propionate and not recommended for combined usage. But sometimes, situation may require using both medications at the same time. They are Ritonavir, Bupropion, Atazanavir, Ketoconazole, Saquinavir, Telaprevir, Darunavir, Itraconazole, Indinavir, Clarithromycin, Nelfinavir, Boceprevir, Nefazodone, Telithromycin, or Tipranavir.
The above list is non exhaustive and compiled keeping in mind, the high potential interactions with fluticasone propionate. There may be other drugs that also interact with this medication.
|US Brand Name||Flovent|
|Generic Name||Fluticasone Propionate|