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Fluticasone nasal spray

Dr Roger Henderson
Reviewed by Roger HendersonReviewed on 29.04.2024 | 2 minutes read

Fluticasone is a type of medicine known as a corticosteroid. Fluticasone nasal spray is available over-the-counter for adults. It can prevent and treat the symptoms of hay fever and other airborne allergies such as animal and dust allergies. It helps with sneezing, congestion, an itchy or runny nose, sinus discomfort, and red, itchy or watery eyes. Pirinase is a branded version of the medicine.

Doctor’s advice

How does it work?

Fluticasone works by reducing inflammation in the nasal passages, the root cause of hay fever, and other airborne allergy symptoms. It does this because fluticasone is a manufactured version of a corticosteroid, a hormone that is produced naturally in our bodies. By having the same structure as corticosteroids in our bodies, it causes the same effect, in this case reducing inflammation.

How do I use the medication?

Initially, you should use two sprays into each nostril once a day, usually in the morning. Some products recommend using two sprays into each nostril twice a day if your symptoms are not under control. Try to use the lowest dose possible to control your symptoms. Fluticasone can take three to four days to achieve its maximum effect, so it is best to use it regularly each day so you can stop your symptoms before they occur.

You should speak with your doctor or pharmacist before using the medicine for longer than a month or if your symptoms do not start to improve after seven days of use.

Who should not use the medication?

Do not use fluticasone nasal spray if you are allergic to fluticasone or another ingredient listed in the medicine. Unless prescribed by a doctor, anyone under 18 should not use the medication.

Speak with your doctor or pharmacist before using fluticasone nasal spray if you are pregnant or breastfeeding or have any problems with your nose such as an injury, infection, ulcers, or recent surgery.

Fluticasone can interact with other medications such as HIV medications and other corticosteroids. If you take any prescription, over-the-counter or herbal medicines, ask your doctor or pharmacist to check they are safe to take alongside fluticasone nasal spray.

Are there any side effects?

As with all medications, some people may experience side effects. Some common ones can include nosebleeds, headache, experiencing an unpleasant smell or taste, and irritation or drying in your nose or throat. Seek urgent medical advice if you develop any problems with your eyes, such as blurred vision, cloudy vision, or loss of vision. You should speak with your doctor or pharmacist if you are concerned about any side effects.

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Dr Roger Henderson
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Reviewed on 29.04.2024
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