Flonase review

Flonase, which is generically prescribed as fluticasone nasal, is commonly used to treat the nasal symptoms of allergies. Flonase is considered a steroid. Flonase prevents nasal inflammation.

Flonase is not appropriate for everyone. A thorough medical history should be assessed prior to prescribing this medication. Patients with a medical history that includes viral infections, bacterial infections, fungal infections, or a compromised ability to fight infections due to a compromised immune system should not use Flonase. Flonase inhibits the body’s ability to fight infection.

The American Food and Drug Administration has rated Flonase as a pregnancy risk category C, which means that it has not yet been determined whether or not Flonase will cause harm or birth defects to an unborn baby. It has yet to be determined whether Flonase will pass into the mother’s breast milk and affect a nursing baby. The prescribing physician should avoid prescribing this medication to pregnant or nursing women.

There is a risk of side affects associated with Flonase, some of which are severe. A patient experiencing a serious side effect or an allergic reaction should seek immediate emergency medical intervention. An Allergic reaction will present with symptoms that include facial swelling, including swelling of the lips, mouth, tongue, or throat, hives, and difficulty breathing. Other serious side effects which require immediate emergency medical care include symptoms such as severe burning of the nostrils and nosebleeds that can not be readily controlled.

Other less serious side effects typically do not require emergency medical treatment but should still be reported to the prescribing physician. Patients should be encouraged to report all side effects. Less serious side effects include symptoms such as sneezing immediately after use, stinging, burning, yeast infection in the nose, yeast infection in the throat, perforated septum, bleeding nose, increased pressure of the eyes, glaucoma, tearing of the eyes, headaches, lightheadedness, nausea, cough, asthma, stuffiness, runny nose, unpleasant taste, or loss of smell. Less serious side effects can often be reduced to a tolerable level by reducing the dosage of Flonase.

Flonase should be taken exactly as directed by the prescribing physician. If the patient misses a dose, the dose should be taken as soon as it is remembered. However, if it is close to the time for the next scheduled dose, the missed dose should be skipped to prevent the potential for an overdose. If an overdose is suspected, the patient should seek immediate emergency medical care. An overdose of this medication is unlikely, as is ingestion, however if ingestion occurs, the patient should seek immediate emergency medical care. The symptoms of an overdose may include severe burning of the nostrils and an uncontrollable bloody nose. Ingestion may present as an upset stomach, diarrhea, or vomiting.

There is a risk of negative drug interactions associated with Flonase. Patients should be urged to inquire with the prescribing physician prior to starting any new medications, including over the counter medications and herbal remedies. Medications that are known to cause a negative interaction with Flonase include oral steroids, inhaled steroids, or other nasal sprays.

This medication is in a metered dose applicator. Each applicator holds 120 sprays. The patient should throw away the bottle after 120 sprays even though there is still medication in the bottle. Use after 120 sprays will not deliver the appropriate amount of medication.

Flonase has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of flonase

• Molecular formula of flonase is C25H31F3O5S
• Chemical IUPAC Name is [6,9-difluoro-17-(fluoromethylsulfanylcarbonyl)-11-hydroxy-10,13,16- trimethyl-3-oxo-6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17- dodecahydrocyclopenta[a]phenanthren-17-yl]propanoate
• Molecular weight is 500.572 g/mol
Flonase available : 50mcg/act suspension 16gm bottle

Generic name: Fluticasone propionate

Brand name(s): Advair, Atemur, Cutivate, Flixonase, Flixotide, Flovent, Flunase

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