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All about: Fluticasone Furoate Spray

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Generic Name: Fluticasone Furoate Nasal Spray (floo-TIK-a-sone)
Brand Name: Veramyst

Fluticasone Furoate Spray is used for:

Treatment of allergic and nonallergic nasal symptoms including congestion, sneezing, itching, and runny nose.

Fluticasone Furoate Spray is a corticosteroid. It works by reducing inflammatory reactions in the nasal airway in response to allergens and irritants in the air.

Do NOT use Fluticasone Furoate Spray if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Fluticasone Furoate Spray
  • you have recently had an ulcer in your nose, nasal surgery, or a nasal injury
  • you are taking certain HIV protease inhibitors (eg, ritonavir)

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Fluticasone Furoate Spray:

Some medical conditions may interact with Fluticasone Furoate Spray. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have active or inactive tuberculosis or a positive skin test for tuberculosis
  • if you have infections of the respiratory tract, untreated fungal or bacterial infections, parasitic or viral infections, measles, chickenpox, or herpes simplex in or around the eye, or you have recently received a vaccination
  • if you have diarrhea or a history of severe liver problems, asthma, glaucoma, or cataracts
  • if you have a medical condition requiring long-term use of corticosteroids (eg, prednisone)

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Fluticasone Furoate Spray. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Azole antifungals (eg, ketoconazole), certain HIV protease inhibitors (eg, ritonavir), or delavirdine because they may increase the risk of Fluticasone Furoate Spray's side effects

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Fluticasone Furoate Spray may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Fluticasone Furoate Spray:

Use Fluticasone Furoate Spray as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • An extra patient leaflet is available with Fluticasone Furoate Spray. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
  • You will need to prime Fluticasone Furoate Spray before you use it for the first time. To prime Fluticasone Furoate Spray, shake it well then spray 6 test sprays in to the air away from your face. You will need to re-prime the medicine if it is not used for 30 days or longer or if the cap is left off the bottle for 5 days or longer
  • Shake Fluticasone Furoate Spray well before each use.
  • To use Fluticasone Furoate Spray, gently blow your nose. Remove the cap and hold the spray device upright. Tilt your head forward slightly and place the nozzle in one nostril. Point the end of the nozzle toward the side of your nose (away from the center of your nose). Firmly press the mist release button while breathing in gently through your nose, then remove the nozzle from your nose and breathe out through your mouth. Repeat these steps for the other nostril. After you finish your dose, wipe the nozzle with a clean, dry tissue and replace the cap.
  • Clean the inside of the cap once a week with a clean, dry tissue. Never try to clean the nozzle with a pin or anything sharp; doing so may damage the nozzle.
  • Use Fluticasone Furoate Spray on a regular schedule to get the most benefit from it. Using Fluticasone Furoate Spray at the same time each day will help you remember to use it.
  • Symptoms may begin to improve within 24 hours after you start Fluticasone Furoate Spray. However, it may take several days before you notice the full benefit of Fluticasone Furoate Spray. If symptoms do not improve or if the condition worsens, contact your health care provider. Continue to use Fluticasone Furoate Spray even if you feel well. Do not miss any doses.
  • If you miss a dose of Fluticasone Furoate Spray, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Fluticasone Furoate Spray.

Important safety information:

  • Use caution if you switch from an oral steroid (eg, prednisone) to Fluticasone Furoate Spray. It may take several months for your body to make enough natural steroids to handle events that cause physical stress. Such events may include injury, surgery, infection, loss of blood electrolytes, or a sudden asthma attack. These may be severe and sometimes fatal. Contact your doctor right away if any of these events occur. You may need to take an oral steroid (eg, prednisone) again. Carry a card at all times that says you may need an oral steroid (eg, prednisone) if any of these events occur.
  • Tell your doctor or dentist that you take Fluticasone Furoate Spray before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
  • Do NOT take more than the recommended dose or use for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor.
  • If you have NOT had chickenpox or measles, avoid contact with anyone who does. Contact your doctor right away if you are exposed to anyone with these conditions.
  • Avoid spraying in the eyes.
  • Fluticasone Furoate Spray should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 2 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • Corticosteroids may affect growth rate in CHILDREN and teenagers in some cases. They may need regular growth checks while they use Fluticasone Furoate Spray.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Fluticasone Furoate Spray while you are pregnant. It is not known if Fluticasone Furoate Spray is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Fluticasone Furoate Spray, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Fluticasone Furoate Spray:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Back pain; cough; headache; minor nosebleed; sore throat.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); fever; severe or persistent nosebleed; severe or persistent pain in the nose or throat; slow wound healing; vision changes.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Fluticasone Furoate Spray:

Store Fluticasone Furoate Spray between 39 and 86 degrees F (4 and 30 degrees C). Store in the upright position with the cap in place. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Fluticasone Furoate Spray out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Fluticasone Furoate Spray, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Fluticasone Furoate Spray is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Fluticasone Furoate Spray. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: September 5, 2007
Database Edition 07.3.1.003
Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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