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Flonase (Overview)

Flonase is the brand name of a nasal steroid spray used for allergic rhinitis.


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What's better than flonase?

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.

Flonase (Overview)

Flonase is the brand name of a nasal steroid spray used for allergic rhinitis.


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I went to insta care here in florida the other day. The doctor proscribed Flonase naisal spray and changing my allergy meds to zyrtec (cetirizine) is this ok?

I went to insta care here in florida the other day. The doctor proscribed Flonase naisal spray and changing my allergy meds to zyrtec (cetirizine) is this ok?

Cross-check: There shouldn't be any problem taking the 2 of them together. Just talk to your pcp or pharmacist to make sure you aren't duplicating anything and accidentally doubling up. The main goal should be managing your allergies by reducing exposure to triggers and keeping symptoms at bay.

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Is it still safe to use Flonase if I already took nyquil?

Yes: These medications work very differently and are safe to take together.

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I've used Flonase for two weeks by doctors recommendation so can I just use it whenever now?

I've used Flonase for two weeks by doctors recommendation so can I just use it whenever now?

Flonase nasal spray: Your doctor prescribed Flonase for allergic rhinitis. Frequent use can result in adverse reaction of the drug nose bleed, headaches, irritation etc. Please seek your doctors advice if you need to continue medication, onager than prescribed.

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How long does the effect of Flonase work?

How long does the effect of Flonase work?

Minutes to months: Some people say that Flonase works only for a few minutes, which is not a desirable an answer as those who say they need to use Flonase only once every few months.

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Is There anything over-the-counter That works like flonase?

Nasacort (triamcinolone): I believe Nasacort (triamcinolone) was approved by the FDA for over the counter use within the last year.

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Is Flonase safe? There were so many side effects listed on webmd. Are any dangerous?

Yes: Flonase has been around for many years and if used properly as recommended is a safe medication. All medications have possible side effects but is used for the right conditions and as instructed can be safe.

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What is a polyp in your sinus and is it dangerous? After starting Flonase I would have huge blood clots every time I showered, probably from steam.

What is a polyp in your sinus and is it dangerous? After starting Flonase I would have huge blood clots every time I showered, probably from steam.

Polyps in the nose: Polyps are common and not very serious. You will have to get tested for allergies. Another thing you need to do is be sure the Flonase is pointed towards the eye on the same side of the nose you are applying. You have to use ointment in the nose 5 times a day. Irrigate then use the spray.

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Does Flonase become toxic after it's expiration date?

Just weaker: Futicasone (flonase) and all other medications lose potency over time. They don't became toxic or poisonous. Fda regulations state that the time after manufacturing when a drug has lost 10% of its original potency be designated its expiration diet. That means that on that date the drug is still at 90% of its maximal strength. It won't hurt you to use it but it might not work as well.

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Pharmacy closed been on Flonase nasal spray 2days havin odd feeling an pressure along sides of nose an down into my front teeth, is this a side effect?

Pharmacy closed been on Flonase nasal spray 2days havin odd feeling an pressure along sides of nose an down into my front teeth, is this a side effect?

Sinus pressure?: Roots of the upper molars often protrude up into the maxillary sinus. Flonase is a nasal steroid (anti-inflammatory) that is used to shrink membranes of the nose and open the ducts that drain the sinuses (that open on the top--so you must "stand on your head to drain them!) pressure means: still inflamed. Try using neilmed with a double salt mix-hypertonic solution. No med side effects.

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What's the side effects of Flonase. I feel like the flu is coming on. Is this from Flonase.

Not Likely: While Flonase does list upper respiratory tract infections as a possible side effect, this occurs only rarely in real practice. The amount of actual steroid you get with Flonase is about 1/5 of a milligram per day. This is usually not enough to cause problems with infections or immune suppression.

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How long does Flonase stay in your system?

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.

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Can I take an alavert or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) with flonase?

Both to help more: Nasal steroid such as Flonase is the front line treatment for allergic rhinitis, but at time people do need more than a spray--adding an antihistamine such as alavert, zyrtec, benadryl, (diphenhydramine) Allegra is quite common--they do not interact and in fact both work to help your allergies. Of course, use the smallest effective dose when needed. Good luck.

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Nasal symptoms better with a combination of Xlear and Flonase, is there anything even better?

Yes: So long the meds you are on did work with you, you'd better be evaluated by an Allergist for better and long lasting symptom relief, check "allergist locator" at ACAAI. Org, good luck

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What will happen if I have a Flonase overdose?

What will happen if I have a Flonase overdose?

Overdose of flonase?: I don't know how someone overdoses on Flonase unless you sprayed the entire bottle in your nose. You will very likely have a bloody nose, dryness of the nose and mouth, headache, irritation, possibly decreased sense of smell. Hey...Let's not try this and find out. Follow the directions of your doctor.

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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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