More Info on Flonase

Effectiveness of Flonase

Flonase has been evaluated in several different studies for treating nasal allergies. In these studies, it helped reduce a runny nose, nasal stuffiness, itching, and sneezing. While most people take it every day, studies also showed that the drug was effective when used only when needed (only on days when symptoms occurred). This is important because it usually takes steroids (like Flonase) awhile to start working, and it was unclear whether steroids would be effective if not taken every day.
Studies have also shown that it is effective for treating non-allergic rhinitis (nasal symptoms not caused by allergies).

When and How to Take Flonase

Some general considerations for when and how to take the medication include the following:
  • Flonase comes in nasal spray form. It is usually taken once or twice a day.
  • Be sure to shake the bottle well before each use.
  • Blow your nose before each dose. Breathe in gently while spraying it into your nose. Do not try to inhale the spray or breathe in too deeply, as Flonase works when it comes in contact with the inside surfaces of the nose (not the throat or lungs).
  • Avoid aiming the spray toward the wall that separates your nostrils (in the middle of your nose, called the nasal septum). Spraying Flonase toward the nasal septum increases the risk of nosebleeds. Some people find it easiest to avoid this by holding the bottle in the opposite hand (by using the right hand to spray into the left nostril, and vice versa).
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. It will not work if you stop taking it.

Dosing Information

The dose that your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
  • Your age
  • Other medications you may be taking
  • Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Flonase Dosage for more information.)
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