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Can You Use Expired Flonase
I use Flonase for allergies. I've been having. Sinus pressure the past two days. I used saline nasal spray to flush my sinuses and realized it expired?
No harm: Get a fresh saline nasal spray, and continue, good luck
Yes: There is minimal systemic absorption, and long term nasal topical steroids are safe long term without the traditional adverse effects of oral steroids. There are minimal side effects as with any drug, so let your prescribing doctor know if you experience any.
All about the same: All of the topical steroids have about equal efficacy (activity) and safety. I do not think changing from Flonase to another topical steroid will significantly change your nasal function. Remember, these drugs are specifically used for allergic and non-allergic rhinitis. Check with an allergist. Finally, although these topical steroids are about the same, some people do prefer a particular one.
Flonase: Topical nasal steroid sprays like Flonase have near negligible absorption in your system (ie blood). Blood levels of any nasal steroid is far below any oral steroid dosing a doctor would give. Topically within the nasal cavity Flonase is active for 12-24 hrs on the mucosa. So we recommend either once or twice daily dosing depending on symptom severity.
Pretty well: Most people get good relief using this topical corticosteroid spray 1-2 puffs each nostril daily. Sometimes you have to use if twice a day to get symptoms under control. If it's not working well it may be that you haven't shaken the bottle enough, you incorrectly positioned the tip of the device, you don't have allergic rhinitis or you need allergy immunotherapy. See an allergist.
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