Compare Flovent vs. Flonase

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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.
Reviews & ratings
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4.9Flovent
Reviews for Flovent
68%
of people (All ages) say Flovent is worth it
39%
say it works well
8%
say it's a big hassle
483 reviews
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Reviews for Flonase
72%
-4% worse vs. Flovent
43%
-4% worse vs. Flovent
7%
-1% worse vs. Flovent
890 reviews
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Side effects
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  • Bronchitis 1%
  • Muscle injury 1%
  • Injury 2%
  • Rhinitis 2%
  • Gastrointestinal discomfort and pain 1%
  • Viral gastrointestinal infection 3%
  • Musculoskeletal pain 2%
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  • Cough 1%
  • Nausea/vomiting 3%
  • Nosebleed 1%
  • Asthma symptoms 4%
  • Blood in mucus 2%
  • Runny nose 2%
  • Abdominal pain 2%
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How it works
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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
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Prescription onlyNo lower cost generic availablePrescription or OTCLower-cost generic available
Available as
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  • Inhaler
  • Nasal spray
Used for
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Risk factors for serious side effects
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  • 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)
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
Detailed Flonase (Fluticasone) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy

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.

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.

Kidneys and liver
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  • Adrenal suppression can occur if you lower your dose or stop taking Flovent Diskus (Fluticasone) too quickly. Symptoms include joint or muscle pain, extreme low energy and depression. Changes in your medication need to be done slowly and over time. Talk to your doctor before you decrease or stop Flovent Diskus (Fluticasone).
No kidneys and liver related info.
Pain
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No pain related info.
  • Long-term use of Flonase (Fluticasone) can increase your chances of getting thrush in the nose and throat. Your doctor will check your nose and throat if you have to be on this medication for a long time. Also, tell your doctor if you notice pain in the nose and throat with redness and white patches.
Weight
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  • Steroids can slow height growth in kids.
No weight related info.
Upsides and benefits
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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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