USES OF FLOMIST NASAL SPRAY
- Sneezing and runny nose due to allergies
Flomist Nasal Spray is a steroid. It relieves the symptoms of allergic rhinitis such as runny nose, sneezing and sinus discomfort. It works by blocking the production of certain chemical messengers that cause inlammation (swelling) and allergies, thus relieving the discomfort and irritation in your nose.
You should always use Flomist Nasal Spray as advised by your doctor. To get the full benefit of the medicine you should take it regularly. Normally, you should blow your nose gently before using it, keep one nostril closed while applying the medicine into the other and then sniff hard to make sure it reaches deep into the nose. Then repeat for the other nostril.
Nasal irritation is very common side effect of this medicine. It may also cause nosebleed and headache in some patients. Talk to your doctor if you are worried about side effects or they do not go away. Using corticosteroids like this medicine make you more susceptible to viral infections, so you should stay away from people who have these infections. In general, you should try to avoid situations which make your symptoms worse (things like pollen and dust mites) and it’s best not to smoke.
Before using this medicine, you should let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. It is important to discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. If you use this medicine for a long time, your doctor may want to carry out certain medical tests to check your progress.
Warning & Precautions
Talk to your doctor before taking this medicine, if you:
- Are allergic to this medicine or any of the other ingredients of this medicine
- Have an infection in your nose
- Have had steroids for a long time, either as an injection or by your mouth
Pregnancy & Breast Feeding
- Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding or pregnant or planning to be pregnant. It is not recommended for mothers who are breastfeeding
Children & Adolescents
- Do not use in children under 6 years old. Consult your doctor before giving this medicine to children
Driving & Using Machines
- FLOMIST are not likely to affect you being able to drive or use any tools or machines
Tell your doctor if you are taking, or have recently taken any prescribed medicines such as:
- Medicines used to treat HIV infection such as ritonavir, cobicistat or fungal infections such as ketoconazole
How to Use
- Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you to
- Only use in your nose, contact with the eyes should be avoided
- It may take a few weeks for this medicine to work. So, keep using it, even though you may not feel better straight away
- You should use FLOMIST every day
If you use more FLOMIST
- If you use more, tell your doctor immediately
If you forget to use FLOMIST
- If you miss a dose, just use the next dose when it is due. Do not use a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose
If you stop using FLOMIST
- Do not stop treatment even if you feel better, unless your doctor tells you to stop. If you do stop, the symptoms may come back
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
- Wheezing, coughing or having difficulty with breathing
- Suddenly feeling weak or light-headed (which may lead to collapse or loss of consciousness)
- Swelling around the face
- Skin rashes or redness
- Nose bleeds
- Nasal ulceration
- Pain, burning, irritation, soreness or dryness in the inside of the nose
- Cloudy lens (cataract), increased pressure in the eye that can cause problems with vision (glaucoma)
- Small holes (perforations) in the ridge inside the nose that separates the nostrils
- Keep this medicine out of reach of children
- Do not use this medicine after the expiry date
- Store at room temperature (15-25ºC)
Q. How does Flomist work?
Flomist is a corticosteroid, which works by decreasing the inflammation caused by allergies. It reduces inflammation by blocking the release of certain natural substances that cause allergic symptoms such as swelling, redness, and pain.
Q. My friend developed a severe allergic reaction when she started Flomist. Could it be due to Flomist even though it is used for allergy purpose?
In very rare cases, Flomist can cause serious allergic reactions such as rash, hives, breathing difficulty, swelling of the face, throat, and tongue. It may also cause low blood pressure which may further cause lightheadedness and the patient may even faint. If these symptoms occur, you should immediately contact your doctor because such allergic reactions can be life threatening.
Q. For how long should I take Flomist?
It is recommended that you take the nasal spray as long as you are exposed to the allergen. Consult your doctor if you have any concerns.
Q. Does long-term use of Flomist have any side effects?
Usual doses of Flomist can be tolerated by most people for long periods of time. But, few people may develop nose bleed, hole in nasal cartilage, and visual disturbances due to cataract or glaucoma if they take Flomist for a long time. Moreover, high doses also tend to increase the risk of weakening of bones (osteoporosis) and diabetes.
Q. What is thrush? Can Flomist cause thrush?
Thrush is a fungal infection of the nose and throat caused by candida. It can occur with the use of Flomist. You should thoroughly rinse your mouth after using nasal spray to avoid getting fungal infection. If you experience any redness or white colored patches in your nose or mouth, inform your doctor.
Q. Can I take Flomist for runny nose and sneezing due to common cold?
No, Flomist is only meant for allergic rhinitis and should not be taken for common cold. Symptoms of common cold can be due to viral infection and this medicine does not cure such infections. Therefore, you may not benefit from Flomist.
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