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Do I need to do anything in particular before taking my flonase?

Do I need to do anything in particular before taking my flonase?

Not really but...: Flonase (fluticasone) is a topical corticosteroid sprayed in the nose to reduce inflammation from allergies. The medicine is absorbed readily into tissues and hair-like projections (called cilia) on cells help spread the medicine towards the back (so no need to "snort" after spraying). Sometimes if there is too much drainage or mucus, it may help to blow your nose or use saline prior to spraying. ...Read more

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Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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Fluticasone (Definition)

Fluticasone is a nasal preparation which is a kind of ...Read more


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I have been taking Flonase for 7 days can I just stop taking it or do I have to do it gradually? What will happen if I just stop abruptly?

Okay: Steroid orally and nasal for 1 week may not have serious adverse effect when stopped abruptly though your symptoms may not completely resolve. Tapering is usually required to minimize suppression of hypothalamic pituitary axis ...Read more

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Are there any side effects of taking flonase?

Are there any side effects of taking flonase?

Yes: There are several, but the most common one is epistaxis, or nosebleeds. Some people may experience headaches nasal burning, or cough. Since it is topical, very little is actually absorbed into the body. ...Read more

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I've been taking Flonase for 6 months, recently stopped, and suspect I am now experiencing withdrawal. How long should I expect symptoms last if it is withdrawal?

Flonase: if it is withdrawal and your symptoms are probably worse than they were originally but within 2 to 3 days they should return to normal level ...Read more

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Does Flonase expire?

Yes: The active ingredient breaks down and loses is effectiveness after some time. It doesn't become poisoness or anything. ...Read more

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Can you get Flonase otc?

No: Flonase is still a prescription. However Nasacort (triamcinolone) AQ is a similar medicine that is available OTC. ...Read more

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Is Flonase safe long term?

Is Flonase safe long term?

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. ...Read more

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What's better than flonase?

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. ...Read more

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Can you use expired flonase?

Not recommended: It's probably safe to use, depending on how old it is--however, if the medication is expired, i would recommend getting a new nose spray. ...Read more

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Does Flonase have systemic effects?

Does Flonase have systemic effects?

Negligible to none: Absorption of Flonase if used at the recommended dose is minimal. There were no significant long term adverse effects with the studies. With any nasal steroids, long term use is not advised. Always consult your dr for any concerns or questions. ...Read more

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Flonase (Definition)

Flonase is the brand name of a nasal steroid spray ...Read more