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Flixonase Aqueous Nasal Spray

What is Flixonase?

Flixonase Aqueous Nasal Spray contains 50 micrograms of fluticasone propionate per spray. This is an anti-inflammatory steroid medicine, which safely helps to treat the symptoms of allergic rhinitis (an inflammation of the inside of the nose caused by an allergy, such as with hay fever). It can be used at the same time as you take an oral antihistamine, if necessary.

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How do I use Flixonase Aqueous Nasal Spray?

It's important to read the enclosed leaflet carefully before using Flixonase.

For the treatment of allergic rhinitis in adults and adolescents over the age of 12, the recommended starting dose is to use two sprays into each nostril, once a day; preferably in the morning. Once your symptoms are under control, this can be reduced to one spray into each nostril once a day. However, if the symptoms do not respond, the dose can be increased to two sprays twice a day.

For children between 4-11 years old, they should start with one spray into each nostril once a day, in the morning; this can be increased up to one spray twice a day if needed, and then brought back down to one spray when the symptoms are under control. It's not recommended for children under 4.

Flixonase works best when used regularly. It can take 3 to 4 days of regular treatment before you will get the maximum benefit.

There are some situations where Flixonase should be used with caution or would not be recommended, for example in children, or pregnant or breast feeding women.

Tell the doctor if you are taking any other medicines, either from your doctor or purchased from a pharmacy. Flixonase may not be suitable or may need to be used with caution if you are taking some medicines, such as ritonavir, or ketoconazole (by mouth). It will not be suitable if you are allergic to fluticasone propionate or any of the other ingredients.

Flixonase Nasal Spray Side Effects

Like all medicines, Flixonase can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. Side effects that are considered to be common include nose bleeds, headaches, and sensations of an unpleasant taste or smell. If you experience these you may wish to talk to your doctor.

For a full list of potential side effects and other important information, please read the patient leaflet provided in the pack before starting any course of treatment. A medicine guide to the products can also be viewed online here:
http://www.medicines.org.uk/guides/flixonase

 

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