fluticasone (Flonase) (cont.)

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PRESCRIPTION: Yes

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).

DOSING:

  • 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.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Ritonavir (Norvir) and ketoconazole (Nizoral, Extina, Xolegel, Kuric) increase fluticasone levels in the body by delaying its metabolism (elimination). It is not clear how important this effect is.

PREGNANCY: There are no adequate studies of fluticasone to determine its safety and effectiveness in pregnant women.

NURSING MOTHERS: It is not known whether fluticasone enters breast milk; therefore, it is best to be cautious before using it in nursing mothers.

Reference: FDA Prescribing Information.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/20/2015


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