What is Flixonase?
Flixonase is a nasal spray which contains the active ingredient fluticasone propionate. This drug belongs to the class of corticosteroids (adrenocortical hormones): drugs that reduce inflammation and counteract hypersensitivity reactions.
What is Flixonase used for?
Flixonase is prescribed for nasal symptoms such as hay fever, allergy and prolonged or chronic inflammation of the nasal mucosa. Symptoms may include a runny nose with clear mucus, itching, sneezing and nasal congestion. Fluticasone ensures that the nasal mucosa is less sensitive to stimuli, so that the nasal symptoms decrease. Furthermore, sometimes a doctor prescribes Flixonase with nasal polyps and sinusitis.
How do you use Flixonase?
Flixonase nasal spray should be administered at a fixed time, preferably in the morning.Shake the sprayer well before use so that the active substance is evenly distributed. Try to aim the spout of the sprayer towards the outside of the nostril so not towards the nasal septum. This reduces the risk of a nosebleed. It is important that you deeply breathe in the medication when you spray, so that it go into the nose as deeply as possible.
It may take a few days before you notice the effect of the Flixonase treatment.However, you must continue to use the spray, even if the symptoms do not decrease at first. Consult a doctor if you do not notice any improvement after a week.
Flixonase contains 50 micrograms of fluticasone propionate per spray. Guidelines for dose:
- adults and children over 12 years: 2 sprays per nostril once a day.
- children between 4 and 12 years: 1 spray per nostril once a day.
However, always follow the advice of your doctor.
Flixonase is not suitable for children younger than 4 years.
A missed dose still be taken, unless it is almost time for the next dose.
If you use Flixonase, you may experience side effects.The most frequently reported side effects include:
- dry and / or irritated nose and / or throat
In the leaflet you can read all about any contraindications, warnings and side effects.
Pregnancy / breastfeeding
Not enough is known about the effect Flixonase may have on a fetus.Therefore, it is better not to use Flixonase if your are pregnant. The doctor knows which medication you will be able to use safely.
It is not known whether the active ingredient of Flixonase ends up in breast milk. However Flixonase is not harmful to a baby.You are free to use this medication if you are breastfeeding.