GENERIC NAME: Fluticasone propionate nasal spray
BRAND NAME: Flonase, Flonase Allergy Relief
DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Fluticasone is a man-made corticosteroid. The exact mechanism of action of fluticasone is not known; however, it stimulates glucocorticoid receptors in humans that produces a potent anti-inflammatory response. Fluticasone also works on multiple cells and mediators that are responsible for the inflammatory symptoms of allergic rhinitis (sneezing, runny nose, etc). The FDA approved fluticasone in October 1994.
Safe and effective use of fluticasone has not been established for children under the age of 4.
SIDE EFFECTS: Side effects of fluticasone include:
- sore throat,
- nasal burning or nasal irritation,
- asthma symptoms, or
Some children may experience growth suppression from use of inhaled steroids.
PRESCRIPTION: Yes, also available over-the-counter (OTC)
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
PREPARATIONS: Fluticasone propionate nasal spray is available as a 16 gm bottle, providing a total of 120 sprays. Each spray contains 50 mcg of fluticasone propionate.
STORAGE: Fluticasone propionate should be store between 4 C and 30 C (39 F and 86 F).
- Adults: The recommended dosing is 2 sprays per nostril daily. The maximum dose is 200 mcg/day (4 sprays).
- Adolescents and Children 4 years of age and older: the recommended dosing is 1 spray per nostril daily that maybe increased to 2 sprays per nostril daily. The maximum dose is 200 mcg/day.
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