What is Flixonase?
Flixonase nasal spray contains the active ingredient fluticasone propionate, which is a corticosteroid. Corticosteroids reduce inflammation in order to fight against symptoms of allergy.
How does Flixonase work?
The active ingredient in Flixonase works by reducing inflammation and swelling in the nose. This is achieved by blocking the release of chemicals that trigger an allergic response. Corticosteroids such as Flixonase work in this way to reduce symptoms related to allergy and hayfever.
Who should not use Flixonase?
Do not use Flixonase if you are allergic to fluticasone propionate or any other ingredients contained within this medication, which can be found in the patient information leaflet.
Consult with your pharmacist or GP before taking Flixonase if:
- You are taking, have recently taken, or are planning to take any other medication. In particular:
- Any type of steroids
- Any antiviral medication such as ritonavir or cobicistat
- Any type of antifungal treatments
Side Effects associated with the use of Flixonase
Flixonase may cause side effects in some people. These include but are not limited to the following
Allergic Reactions (affecting less than 1 in 10,000 people) – symptoms include:
- Difficulty breathing which may result in coughing or wheeziness
- A weak or light-headed feeling
- Swelling around the face, or inside the mouth
- Rashes or redness on the skin
Side effects with Flixonase are rare, however, they can be serious if left untreated. If you are experiencing any of these side effects, discontinue treatment and get help from a doctor immediately.
Very common (affecting more than 1 in 10 people)
Common (affecting up to 1 in 10 people)
- Unpleasant taste or smell
- Pain or dryness in nose or throat
Very rare (affecting up to 1 in 10,000 people)
- Skin reactions
- Pain in the eyes or blurred vision
- Damage to the nose
If you experience any of the adverse effects mentioned, or any other side effects not listed, please get in touch with your GP or pharmacist.
Shake the bottle
Gently shake the bottle a few times in an up-down motion
Remove dust cap and prime
Remove the dust cap and hold the bottle as shown with your index and middle finger on the collar of the nozzle and your thumb underneath. If you are using your nasal spray for the first time or after a few days without use, press down with your index and middle finger until a fine mist is produced.
Blow your nose
Blow your nose to clear the airways
Hold the bottle as shown and using your other hand, place a finger on your nose to close one nostril. Put the nozzle into the other nostril as far as is comfortable. Tilt your head forward and keep the bottle upright. Start breathing in slowly through your nose and at the same time press down firmly on the collar of the bottle to release one spray.
Breathe out through your mouth. Repeat step 4 if you have been instructed to administer more than one spray in each nostril.
Administer in other nostril
Repeat steps 4 and 5 to administer the correct number of sprays in the other nostril
The usual starting dose is two sprays into each nostril daily. Once control has been achieved, you can reduce the dose to once spray in each nostril.
To prepare Flixonase:
Flixonase must be “primed” before the first use or after a few days without use. To do this:
- Hold the bottle upright, ensuring that it is facing away from you.
- Place your thumb underneath the bottle and your index and middle finger on either side of the nozzle.
- Press down with your fingers to pump the spray
- Repeat this until a fine mist is released from the pump
Clean your spray at least once a week. You may need to clean it more often if it gets blocked
To clean Flixonase:
- Remove the dust cap by gently holding the ridged sides and lifting it off. Do not twist it.
- Pull the white collar upwards to remove the nozzle
- Soak the dust cap and nozzle for a few minutes in warm water
- Rinse them under a running tap
- Leave them to dry in a warm place after shaking off any excess water
- Replace the nozzle on the spray
- Prepare or “prime” the Flixonase before using it again by following the steps above
The recommended dosage is usually 2 sprays in each nostril daily, preferably in the morning. This can be increased to twice a day or reduced to once spray in each nostril daily depending on the progress you are making with this treatment.