Flonase for Allergies

Flonase® (fluticasone propionate nasal spray) is a prescription medication used to treat sneezing, runny or stuffy nose, and nasal itching (known medically as rhinitis). This nasal spray is approved to treat these symptoms that are caused by either allergies (known as allergic rhinitis) or other causes (known as non-allergic rhinitis).
As a type of steroid, Flonase can have many different effects in the body, such as decreasing inflammation by limiting the body's ability to produce an immune system reaction. This can be very effective for treating conditions such as allergies. However, long-term use of steroids can cause bothersome and sometimes serious side effects, and this limits the usefulness of many steroids. Because Flonase is a nasal spray, its effects are generally limited to the nose (which helps prevent many of the long-term side effects of steroids). Although most people tolerate this medication well, side effects are possible and may include headaches, a sore throat, and nosebleeds.
Flonase only comes in one strength -- Flonase nasal spray, containing 120 sprays in each bottle, with 50 mcg of Flonase in each spray. When using Flonase for allergies, the spray is typically taken once or twice a day.
(Click Flonase for a more in-depth look at using Flonase for allergies, including information on how this medication works, potential side effects, general dosing guidelines, and what to tell your healthcare provider before using this medication.)
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