Flonase

(fluticasone)

3.7/ 5 average rating with 890 reviewsforFlonase
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Relieves nasal allergy symptoms.

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Our bottom line

Flonase (fluticasone) is a good first-choice treatment for allergies of the nose, but long-term use can increase the risk of nosebleeds.

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Quick facts about Flonase
  • Drug class: Respiratory
  • Rx status: Prescription or OTC
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (fluticasone)

Upsides

  • Only need to use Flonase (fluticasone) once a day. Its effects can last for up to 24 hours.
  • Available over-the-counter and cheaper than many of its alternatives.
  • Highly effective treatment of allergy symptoms in the nose.
  • Flonase (fluticasone) gives you very little to no side effects since it's a nasal spray and doesn't expose the rest of your body to the medicine.
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Downsides

  • Flonase (fluticasone) is not an appropriate medicine for people who have an injured nose or had a recent surgery in the nose.
  • Can slow down the growth rate in children.
  • Can increase the risk of bleeding and fungal infections in the nose.
  • Not recommended for those who are also taking other medicines that lower their ability to fight off infections.
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How it works

Flonase (fluticasone) is an antiinflammatory medicine called a corticosteroid. It works by applying it directly into your nose to reduce swelling and inflammation caused by allergies.

Quick facts about Flonase
  • Drug class: Respiratory
  • Rx status: Prescription or OTC
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (fluticasone)

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Dosage forms

  • Nasal spray
People’s experience with Flonase

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What to expect when you take Flonase (fluticasone) for Nasal allergy relief

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  • Possible side effects
  • Headache
  • Nasal burning/nasal irritation
  • Nosebleed
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Asthma-like symptoms
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Side effect rates for Flonase (fluticasone)

From 925 clinical trials of Flonase when taken for nasal allergy relief (100 mcg once daily)
  • Headache
    7%7%
    15%15%
  • Asthma-like symptoms
    7%7%
    3%3%
  • Sore throat
    6%6%
    7%7%
  • Nosebleed
    6%6%
    5%5%
  • Nausea/vomiting
    5%5%
    2%2%
  • Cough
    4%4%
    3%3%
  • Nasal burning/nasal irritation
    2%2%
    3%3%
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Where we got our data »

The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Flonase.

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Risks and Warnings for Flonase (fluticasone)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Children
    • Using the medicine for a long period of time

    Flonase (fluticasone) can cause slowing of growth in children, especially if the medicine is used for a long period of time. Use Flonase (fluticasone) for the lowest effective dose, for the shortest period of time in children. Also, most formulations of the medicine are not safe or effective in children under the age of 4. Flonase Sensimist can be an option for children age 2 or older.

Common concerns from people taking Flonase (fluticasone)

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Price
  • Not worth it
    Big hassle
    Reviewed Flonaseon 2/21/2017Steroids come with price. Not worth taking ever if unnecessary. I am getting nosebleed, dryness and scraped feeling inside the nostrils after the second use, my husband almost lost his vision because of the condition triggered by steroids he had no clue he has.
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    Woman
    Seasonal allergies