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Flovent Diskus
(Fluticasone)

Flonase
(Fluticasone)

Prevents breathing problems. Flovent Diskus (Fluticasone) is good at controlling and preventing asthma symptoms when you take it every day.Relieves allergy symptoms. Flonase (Fluticasone) is a good first-choice medicine for treating a runny or stuffy nose caused by allergies, and it's cheaper than some alternatives.
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Reviews & ratings
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Reviews for Flovent Diskus (Fluticasone)
68%
of people say Flovent Diskus (Fluticasone) is worth it
39%
say it works well
9%
say it's a big hassle
Reviews for Flonase (Fluticasone)
72%
+4% vs. Flovent Diskus (Fluticasone)
43%
+4% vs. Flovent Diskus (Fluticasone)
7%
+2% vs. Flovent Diskus (Fluticasone)
Side effects
FloventFlonase
  • Throat irritation 14%
  • Bronchitis 7%
  • Headache 7%
  • Ear, nose, or throat infection 5%
  • Sinusitis/sinus infection 4%
  • Viral gastrointestinal infection 4%
  • Muscle injury 4%
  • Nausea and vomiting 4%
  • Fever 3%
  • Viral infection 3%
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  • Asthma symptoms 4%
  • Nausea/vomiting 3%
  • Nosebleed 2%
  • Headache 1%
  • Cough 1%
  • Sore throat 1%
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How it works
FloventFlonase
Flovent Diskus (Fluticasone) is a corticosteroid. It lowers inflammation in your lungs, which controls asthma and prevents asthma attacks.Flonase (Fluticasone) is a nasal steroid. It works directly in your nose to reduce swelling and inflammation caused by allergies.
Type of medication
FloventFlonase
Anti-inflammatory
Corticosteroid
Prescription only
Anti-inflammatory
Corticosteroid
Prescription or OTC
Available as
FloventFlonase
  • Inhaler
  • Nasal spray
Used for (click to learn more)
FloventFlonase
Risk factors for serious side effects
FloventFlonase
  • Lowering dose or stopping too quickly especially after long-term treatment
  • Stress such as trauma, surgery or infection
  • Severe milk protein allergy
  • Bacterial or viral infection not being treated
  • Long-term treatment with Flovent Diskus (Fluticasone)
  • Not vaccinated against chickenpox or measles
    • Dose of Flovent Diskus (Fluticasone)
    • Duration of treatment
    • Not rinsing mouth after use
    • Using higher dose of Flovent Diskus (Fluticasone)
    • History of high internal eye pressure
    • History of cataracts
    • History of glaucoma
    Detailed Flovent Diskus (Fluticasone) risks & warnings »
    • Switching from oral or injectable steroids to inhaled, especially if used long term
    • Using other inhaled steroids with Flonase (Fluticasone)
      • Long-term use
      • Taking more than recommended dose
      • Switching from oral or injectable steroids to inhaled, especially if used long term
      • Using other inhaled steroids with Flonase (Fluticasone)
      • Long-term use
      • Exposure to immunizable diseases (chickenpox and measles)
      • Exposure to tuberculosis
      • Surgery or trauma to the nose or sinuses
      • Long-term use
      Detailed Flonase (Fluticasone) risks & warnings »
      Pregnancy category
      FloventFlonase
      CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

      Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

      See the FDA package insert
      CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

      Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

      See the FDA package insert
      Alcohol
      No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
      Food
      No specific food-related info.No specific food-related info.
      Kidneys and liver
      No specific kidneys and liver-related info.No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
      Sex
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      Sleep
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      Weight
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      Upsides and benefits
      FloventFlonase
      • Relieves symptoms and improves control of asthma.
      • People report fewer asthma symptoms and better lung function when they take it every day.
      • Inhaling this medicine (rather than taking an oral steroid) gets more into the lungs and less into rest of your body, which lowers the risk of side effects. Inhaled corticosteroids can be used safely for years compared to oral corticosteroids like prednisone.
      • Available as both an inhaler and Diskus device.
      • First-choice medication for treating runny and stuffy noses caused by allergies. It works by reducing inflammation in the nose.
      • Because it's used directly where the inflammation is happening, it has fewer side effects than oral steroids do and has a lower chance of causing withdrawal symptoms once the medication is stopped.
      • Can be used as needed to help control symptoms in people age 13 years or older.
      • Available as a generic medication.
      Downsides and risks
      FloventFlonase
      • You have to use Fluticasone every day to control your symptoms.
      • You can't lower the dose or stop taking it too suddenly.
      • Steroids can slow height growth in kids.
      • Because steroids suppress your immune system, you can catch bacterial and viral infections easier, and they can take longer to go away.
      • Can cause new or worsening eye pressure, glaucoma, and cataracts.
      • Flonase (Fluticasone) doesn't have a counter on it, so it can be hard to remember how many sprays are left (each bottle has 120 sprays).
      • Needs to be primed (pressed/pumped until a fine spray appears) up to six times prior to using it for the first time, or if you haven't used it in 2 weeks.
      • Since the medicine in Flonase (Fluticasone) is a steroid, it can slow down your healing process if you've hurt your nose or had nose surgery.
      Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
      FloventFlonase
      • Use it every day to control your asthma symptoms.
      • Can take 2 weeks or more to feel full effects.
      • Pump the inhaler 4 times before your first dose, or if it's been more than 7 days since your last dose.
      • Wait at least 1 minute between doses.
      • Rinse your out mouth with water after each use.
      • Hold your breath for 10 seconds after using Advair Diskus.
      • Don't breathe out into the inhaler mouthpiece.
      • Tell your doctor if the medication stops working or if your symptoms get worse.
      • Diskus contains lactose, so don't use it if you're allergic to milk protein.
      • It can take several days for Flonase (Fluticasone) to start working fully.
      • Don't take more of it than was prescribed for you.
      • Blow your nose before using Flonase (Fluticasone).
      • Can cause thrush (a fungal infection) inside the nose and throat.
      • Can also cause a headache, sore throat, or nosebleeds.
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