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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. ...Read more

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?

Allergies: A nasal steroid spray such as Flonase in conjunction with zyrtec, which is an antihistamine is a good combination for treatment of allergies. If you don't have allergies, then this is not okay, but if you do have allergies, this is certainly a reasonable combination. Continuity of care important for allergies. You should see an allergist or an ENT allergist to follow your care. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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I've been on omnicef (cefdinir) for a week for a sinus infection along with Flonase and I am not feeling much better. Should I see my doctor again?

Wait 10 days: You should wait for about 10 days of treatment. If you are getting worse, call. If you are the same or slightly better, give it more time. Use nasal saline, mucinex, (guaifenesin) and continue flonase. Obviously, continue antibiotic. ...Read more

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Accidently took a double dose of FLONASE nasal spray today (8 hrs apart). Is it possible to overdose on this - will I be ok?

Accidently took a double dose of FLONASE nasal spray today (8 hrs apart). Is it possible to overdose on this - will I be ok?

You are ok: As long as you are not doing this on a regular basis, the extra dose today will not cause you problems. Be careful and take care. ...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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Does Flonase work if it is expired?

Probably: If may lose some potency when used way beyond the expiration date. ...Read more

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Is there a cheap version of Flonase?

Fluticasone nasal: The generic version of Flonase is available at fluticasone proprionate. In spring 2015, this should be available over the counter. It is still a good idea to check with your doctor before using OTC medications. ...Read more

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