What is Avamys?
Avamys nasal spray belongs to a group of medication known as corticosteroids. It contains the active ingredient fluticasone furoate, which treats symptoms of allergy such as a runny, itchy or stuffy nose.
How does it work?
The active ingredient in Avamys (fluticasone furoate) is a corticosteroid. When administered, fluticasone is absorbed by the cells in the nasal passage, which block the release of chemicals that prompt an allergic response. Avamys works in this way to reduce nasal inflammation and other symptoms related to allergies.
How long does it take to work?
Avamys usually works within the first few days, but you may not experience full relief until several days of use.
Who should not use Avamys?
Do not use Avamys if:
- You are allergic to fluticasone furoate or any of the other ingredients contained in this medication which can be found in the patient information leaflet.
- You are breastfeeding, pregnant or planning to get pregnant
- You have a condition called tuberculosis
You should consult with your GP or pharmacist before taking Avamys if
- You have had a nose condition in the past
- You are currently, or have recently taken any other medication especially any of the following:
- Steroid tablets or injections
- Steroid creams
- Asthma medication
- Medication used to treat HIV
- Ketoconazole (usually used to treat fungal infections)
If you are taking or are planning to take any medication at all, let your pharmacist or GP know before starting to use Avamys.
What are side effects of using Avamys?
Possible side effects may include but are not limited to the following:
Allergic reactions – if you experience an allergic reaction to Avamys, get help from a doctor straight away. These are rare (affecting 1 in 1000 people), however, they can develop into more serious issues if not treated straight away. Symptoms include:
- Becoming wheezy, or having difficulty breathing
- Feeling weak or lightheaded (may lead to collapse or unconsciousness)
- Swelling around face
- Skin rashes
In most cases, these symptoms will be a result of less serious side effects, however you must contact your doctor as they may potentially be serious.
Other side effects include but are not limited to:
Very common (may affect more than 1 in 10 people):
- Nosebleeds (usually minor)
Common (may affect 1 in 10 people):
- Nasal ulcers
- Shortness of breath
Uncommon (may affect 1 in 100 people):
- A feeling of pain, burning or irritation inside the nose
Very rare (may affect 1 in 10,000 people)
- Small holes on the part of the nose that separates the nostrils.
Not known (frequency of these side effects cannot be estimated)
- Blurred vision or changes in vision with long term use
- Tightness in chest resulting in difficulty breathing
If you experience any of these side effects, or ones not listed, get in touch with your GP or pharmacist for further advice.
Use this medication exactly as you have been instructed by your pharmacist or GP. Do not exceed the recommended dose.
Avamys nasal spray must be prepared the before the first use to ensure the full dosage is applied.
To prepare Avamys:
- Shake the nasal spray for a few minutes
- Squeeze both sides of the spray to uncap it
- Hold it upright with the nozzle facing away from you
- Firmly press the button about 4 to 6 times until a fine mist is released
To use Avamys:
- Vigorously shake the spray and then remove the cap
- Breathe out firmly from your nose to ensure your nostrils are clear
- Place the nozzle into one nostril
- While breathing in through your nose, press the button to release the mist.
- Once administered, take the nozzle away and breathe out through your mouth
- For a dosage of two sprays in each nostril, repeat steps 3 to 5
- Repeat these steps for the other nostril
- Put the cap back on the spray
The recommended dosage is usually two sprays in each nostril daily. This can be reduced to one spray when control has been achieved. You should use Avamys around the same time each day.
If you miss a dose, take it once you remember, or if it is nearly time for your next dose, wait until then. Do not double dose to make up for missed doses.
If you take too much Avamys, consult with your GP or pharmacist.