Veramyst Warnings and Precautions
Let your healthcare provider know if you have any infections, nose sores or injuries, or any allergies before using Veramyst. Warnings and precautions also include looking out for possible drug interactions, using the drug with caution if you are breastfeeding, and being aware that Veramyst can weaken the immune system. You should not take Veramyst if you are allergic to any components of the medicine.
You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Veramyst™ (fluticasone furoate nasal spray) if you have:
- Recently had nasal surgery
- Sores or injury to the inside of your nose
- Not had chickenpox or the measles (or have not been vaccinated against them)
- Tuberculosis, herpes, or any other infections
- Glaucoma or cataracts
- Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Some warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking Veramyst include the following:
- Veramyst is a steroid and may suppress the immune system. Although this is more likely to occur with oral steroids, it is still possible with nasal steroids (such as Veramyst). Taking steroids may put you at a higher risk for infections. Certain infections (such as chickenpox or the measles) may be more dangerous if you are taking Veramyst. Let your healthcare provider know right away if you are exposed to chickenpox or the measles (if you have not had these infections and have not been vaccinated against them). Rarely, Veramyst can lead to yeast infections in the nose and throat (as a result of suppression of the immune system).
- If you are switching from an oral steroid to Veramyst (which is a nasal steroid), your healthcare provider should slowly decrease your dose of the oral steroid. Stopping an oral steroid too quickly can be very dangerous.
- Veramyst can suppress the body's ability to make natural steroids. Usually, this happens when too much Veramyst is taken (or when a drug interaction with Veramyst occurs). In such circumstances, Veramyst should be stopped very slowly to give your body a chance to begin making natural steroids again.
- Like all steroids, Veramyst may slow down the growth rate of children and teenagers. Contact your child's healthcare provider if you are concerned about a slow growth rate in your child.
- Veramyst can cause glaucoma or cataracts (conditions of the eyes) or may make these conditions worse. If you already have either eye condition, you may need to be monitored more closely.
- Before starting Veramyst, be sure to tell your healthcare provider if you currently have any type of infection. Also let your healthcare provider know if you have ever had tuberculosis or a herpes infection of the eye, as Veramyst may weaken the immune system, allowing these infections to worsen.
- Corticosteroids (such as Veramyst) can slow healing. Therefore, if you have had recent nasal surgery or nasal sores, you should wait until healing has occurred before taking Veramyst. Also, corticosteroids can cause nosebleeds and nasal sores or irritation.
- Veramyst can potentially interact with other medications (see Veramyst Drug Interactions).
- Veramyst is considered a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that it may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are not currently known (see Veramyst and Pregnancy).
- It is unknown whether fluticasone furoate (the active ingredient of Veramyst) passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start breastfeeding, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the drug (see Veramyst and Breastfeeding).