FLONASE NASAL SPRAY (120INH) 16GM   Enlarge image

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FLUTICASONE 50MCG NASAL SP (120INH)

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Drug Information For:

FLONASE NASAL SPRAY (120INH) 16GM

Ingredient Name:

FLUTICASONE (floo-TIK-a-sone)

Drug Manufacturer:

ALLEN & HANBURYS

Common Uses:

This medicine is a corticosteroid nasal spray used to treat itching, sneezing, congestion, and runny nose due to allergy and other causes.

Before Using This Medicine:

Some medicines or medical conditions may interact with this medicine. INFORM YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST of all prescription and over-the-counter medicine that you are taking. ADDITIONAL MONITORING OF YOUR DOSE OR CONDITION may be needed if you are taking azole antifungals (eg, ketoconazole) or protease inhibitors (eg, boceprevir, ritonavir). DO NOT START OR STOP any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval. Inform your doctor of any other medical conditions, including infections of the respiratory tract, untreated fungal or bacterial infections, parasitic or viral infections, measles, chickenpox, herpes simplex in or around the eye, diarrhea, glaucoma, cataracts, allergies, pregnancy, or breast-feeding. Tell your doctor if you active or inactive tuberculosis, or if you have had a positive skin test for tuberculosis. Tell your doctor if you have recently received a vaccination, or if you have recently experienced an ulcer of the nasal septum (the wall between your nostrils), nasal surgery, or nasal trauma. Use of this medicine in children under age 4 is not recommended. Discuss with your doctor the risks and benefits of giving this medicine to your child. Contact your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns about taking this medicine.

How to Use This Medicine:

Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. AN ADDITIONAL PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET is available with this medicine. Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist any questions that you may have about this medicine. SHAKE GENTLY before using a dose. Refer to the patient information leaflet for instructions on priming the pump before use. TO USE A NOSE SPRAY, gently blow your nose. Then, sit down and tilt your head forward slightly. Remove the dust cover and place the tip of the nasal applicator into the nose. Using a finger from your other hand, press against the opposite nostril to close it off. Breathe in gently through the open nostril and squeeze the spray container. If you are using more than 1 spray, wait for 1 to 2 minutes between sprays. After using the medicine, wipe the tip of the nasal applicator with a clean tissue and replace the dust cover to prevent contamination. Wash the dust cover and nasal applicator once a week as instructed in the patient information leaflet. Discard the container after you have used the number of sprays stated on the label, even if the container is not empty. AVOID SPRAYING THIS MEDICINE IN YOUR EYES. SYMPTOMS CAN START TO IMPROVE as soon as 12 hours after you start using this medicine, and should improve within a couple of days. The full benefit may not be achieved until you have used this medicine for several days. If symptoms do not improve or if the condition worsens, contact your health care provider. STORE THIS MEDICINE at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and light. KEEP THIS MEDICINE out of the reach of children and away from pets. Use this medicine regularly to receive the most benefit from it. Using this medicine at the same time each day will help you to remember. CONTINUE TO USE THIS MEDICINE even if you feel well. Do not miss any doses. IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF THIS MEDICINE, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. DO NOT use 2 doses at once.

Cautions:

DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE IF you are allergic to any ingredient in this medicine. THIS MEDICINE MAY CAUSE DIZZINESS. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or other medicines. Use this medicine with caution. DO NOT DRIVE OR PERFORM OTHER POSSIBLY UNSAFE TASKS tasks until you know how you react to it. USE CAUTION IF YOU SWITCH FROM AN ORAL STEROID (eg, prednisone) to this medicine. It may take several months for your body to make enough natural steroids to handle events that cause physical stress. Such events may include injury, surgery, infection, loss of blood electrolytes, or a sudden asthma attack. These may be severe and sometimes fatal. Contact your doctor right away if any of these events occur. You may need to take an oral steroid (eg, prednisone) again. Carry a card at all times that says you may need an oral steroid if any of these events occur. TELL YOUR DOCTOR OR DENTIST that you take this medicine before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery. IF YOU HAVE NOT HAD CHICKENPOX or measles, avoid contact with anyone who does. AVOID SPRAYING IN THE EYES. BEFORE YOU BEGIN TAKING ANY NEW MEDICINE, either prescription or over-the-counter, check with your doctor or pharmacist. Corticosteroids may affect growth rate in CHILDREN and teenagers in some cases. They may need regular growth checks while they use this medicine. FOR WOMEN: IF YOU BECOME PREGNANT, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using this medicine while you are pregnant. IT IS NOT KNOWN IF THIS MEDICINE IS FOUND in breast milk. IF YOU ARE OR WILL BE BREAST-FEEDING while you use this medicine, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible Side Effects:

SIDE EFFECTS that may occur while using this medicine include dizziness; headache; nasal irritation or burning; nausea; nosebleeds; sore throat; or vomiting. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY if you experience blurred vision or other vision changes; frequent, severe, or persistent nosebleeds or nasal irritation; loss of sense of smell or taste; shortness of breath; sores in the nose; unusual nasal discharge; voice changes; or wheezing. AN ALLERGIC REACTION to this medicine is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; or unusual hoarseness. This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your healthcare provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Overdose:

IF OVERDOSE IS SUSPECTED, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.

Additional Information:

ALWAYS HAVE A SPARE CONTAINER available in case the unit malfunctions or is empty. DO NOT SHARE THIS MEDICINE with others for whom it was not prescribed. DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE for other health conditions. IF YOU WILL BE USING THIS MEDICINE FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME, be sure to obtain necessary refills before your supply runs out. CHECK WITH YOUR PHARMACIST about how to dispose of unused medicine.

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