FLONASE® FAQs

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GET THE ANSWERS YOU NEED TO BE
GREATER THAN YOUR ALLERGIES

Armed with answers to your allergy questions, you can be there for yourself and others.

  • What is FLONASE® Allergy Relief and how does it work?

    FLONASE® Allergy Relief is a nasal spray that works directly in the nose to relieve nose- and eye-related allergy symptoms. FLONASE® contains fluticasone propionate—which for years has been the most
    #1-prescribed allergy ingredient.

    As a nasal spray now available over the counter, FLONASE® Allergy Relief works right in the nose, and is minimally absorbed by the body.1

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    1. Sastre J, Mosges R. Local and systemic safety of intranasal corticosteroids. J Investig Allergol Clin Immunol. 22.1 (2012): n. pag. Web. 30 Sept. 2014. http://www.jiaci.org/issues/vol22issue1/1.pdf

  • What symptoms can FLONASE® relieve?

    FLONASE® provides 24-hour relief of:

    • Nasal congestion
    • Runny nose
    • Sneezing
    • Itchy nose
    • Itchy eyes
    • Watery eyes 

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  • How quickly does FLONASE® start working?

    You may start to feel relief after the first day—and full effect after several days of regular once-a-day use.

    Use FLONASE® every day as full effectiveness is usually achieved after 3 or 4 days of continuous use.
     

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  • How long does FLONASE® provide relief from allergy symptoms?

    FLONASE® works directly at the source, giving you 24-hour relief of your nose- and eye-related allergy symptoms.

    FLONASE® is meant to control your symptoms every day—all day and all night.  

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  • How many doses of FLONASE® are needed daily for an adult?

    In your first week, use 2 sprays in each nostril every day. After your first week, if your symptoms are under control, you may reduce to 1 spray in each nostril every day. If your symptoms get worse, go back to 2 sprays in each nostril.
     

    Ages Users 12 years of age and older
    Dosage Up to 2 sprays in each nostril once daily
    Duration before
    checking with a doctor
    Up to 6 months of daily use

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  • What are the dosing instructions and restrictions for children using FLONASE®?

    In their first week, children between the ages of 4 and 11 should use 1 spray in each nostril every day.

    The growth rate of some children may be slower while using this product. Children should use for the shortest amount of time necessary to achieve symptom relief.

    Talk to your child’s doctor if your child needs to use the spray for longer than two months a year. 

    Ages Children 4-11 years of age Children under 4 years of age
    Dosage 1 spray in each nostril once daily Do not use.
    Duration before
    checking with a doctor
    Up to 2 months of use a year

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  • What do you do if you miss a day of FLONASE® treatment?

    If you miss a dose, just use your regular dose the next day. Don’t add an extra dose to make up for it.
     

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  • Does FLONASE® relieve allergy symptoms of the eyes?

    FLONASE® is the first and only allergy nasal spray that is indicated for both nose- and eye-related allergy symptoms. FLONASE® helps relieve itchy and watery eyes. 

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  • Does FLONASE® relieve sinus pain and pressure?

    FLONASE® is for the treatment of allergy-related symptoms. If you feel severe pain in your face, have thick nasal discharge, or think you may have a sinus infection, stop using FLONASE® and see your doctor. Your doctor may want to consider if other medicines are needed.  

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  • Does FLONASE® relieve symptoms of indoor as well as outdoor allergies?

    FLONASE® helps relieve a broad range of symptoms from many allergens. FLONASE® helps with outdoor allergens such as weed pollen, grass pollen, tree pollen, and mold spores. It also helps with indoor allergens such as pet dander, dust mites, and mold. 

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  • What are the side effects of FLONASE®?

    Serious side effects are rare with FLONASE®. However, like all medicines, FLONASE® can cause side effects in some people.

    Below are some side effects that have been reported with FLONASE®. If you have any concerns about side effects, talk with your doctor.  

    SIDE EFFECT WHAT COULD HAPPEN WHAT TO DO

    Allergic reaction to the product

    • Sudden swelling of face or tongue
    • A rash
    • Wheezing or feeling faint
    If you feel any of these symptoms, stop using FLONASE® Allergy Relief and see a doctor right away.
    Nose injury
    • Severe or frequent nosebleeds
    Apply pressure to your nose. Stop using FLONASE® Allergy Relief and see a doctor.
    • Constant whistling sound that does not go away
    This could be a sign of damage to your nose. Stop using FLONASE® Allergy Relief and see a doctor right away.
    Eye conditions such as cataracts or glaucoma
    • Cloudy vision
    • Reduced vision
    Have a yearly eye exam to check for these conditions. Read the Drug Facts on the back of the FLONASE® Allergy Relief package for more details.
    Growth effects
    • Slower growth rate in some children while using product
    Talk to your doctor if you are concerned or if a child between the ages of 4-11 needs to use FLONASE® Allergy Relief for longer than two months a year.
    Other side effects
    • Headaches or sneezing
    • Bad taste or smell
    • Minor nosebleeds
    • Dry or irritated nose or throat
    Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you are concerned.
    SIDE EFFECT Allergic reaction to the product

    WHAT COULD HAPPEN

    • Sudden swelling of face or tongue
    • A rash
    • Wheezing or feeling faint
    WHAT TO DO If you feel any of these symptoms, stop using FLONASE® Allergy Relief and see a doctor right away.
    SIDE EFFECT Nose injury
    WHAT COULD HAPPEN
    • Severe or frequent nosebleeds
    • Constant whistling sound that does not go away
    WHAT TO DO Apply pressure to your nose. Stop using FLONASE® Allergy Relief and see a doctor. This could be a sign of damage to your nose. Stop using FLONASE® Allergy Relief and see a doctor right away.
    SIDE EFFECT Eye conditions such as cataracts or glaucoma
    WHAT COULD HAPPEN
    • Clody vision
    • Reduced vision
    WHAT TO DO Have a yearly eye exam to check for these conditions. Read the Drug Facts on the back of the FLONASE® Allergy Relief package for more details.
    SIDE EFFECT Growth effects
    WHAT COULD HAPPEN
    • Slower growth rate in some children while using product
    WHAT TO DO Talk to your doctor if you are concerned or if a child between the ages of 4-11 needs to use FLONASE® Allergy Relief for longer than two months a year.
    SIDE EFFECT Other side effects
    WHAT COULD HAPPEN
    • Headaches or sneezing
    • Bad taste or smell
    • Minor nosebleeds
    • Dry or irritated nose or throat
    WHAT TO DO Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you are concerned.
  • How is FLONASE® different from an antihistamine tablet?

    FLONASE® helps block 6 of the key allergic responses your body has to allergies while antihistamines help block 1 of the responses.*

    Antihistamines work by blocking the effects of histamine, which is only 1 of the 6 key chemicals released in the inflammatory cascade.

    And unlike allergy pills, which have to travel through the body before providing relief, FLONASE® is a nasal spray that works directly at the source—in the nose, where you need it most.
     

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    *Mechanism vs. most OTC allergy pills. FLONASE® acts on multiple inflammatory substances (histamine, prostaglandins, cytokines, tryptases, chemokines and leukotrienes). The exact number and precise mechanism are unknown. 

  • How does FLONASE® compare to other nasal sprays?

    FLONASE® is the first and only allergy nasal spray that is indicated for both nose- and eye-related allergy symptoms, blocking 6 of the allergic responses your body has to allergies.*

    Unlike some decongestant nasal sprays, which cannot be used for more than 3 days, FLONASE® Allergy Relief can be used every day and provides sustained 24-hour symptom relief.1,2

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    *Mechanism vs. most OTC allergy pills. Flonase® acts on multiple inflammatory substances (histamine, prostaglandins, cytokines, tryptases, chemokines, and leukotrienes). The exact number and precise mechanism are unknown.
    1. GlaxoSmithKline. Data on file. 2013.
    2. Oxymetazoline HCl-menthol nasal. WebMD website. 
http://www.webmd.com/drugs/drug-20236-Oxymetazoline+HCl-Menthol+Nasal.aspx?drugid=20236&drugname=Oxymetazoline+HCl-Menthol+Nasal.

  • Should allergy sufferers discontinue use of antihistamines if they start using FLONASE®?

    When using FLONASE®, no other allergy medicines are needed for symptom relief. A combination of FLONASE® with an antihistamine has not been shown to be more effective than FLONASE® alone.1

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    1. GlaxoSmithKline. Data on file. 2013. 

  • Who can use FLONASE®?

    Some people should not use FLONASE®, or need to check with a health professional first.

    The following people should not use FLONASE® Allergy Relief or should check with a healthcare professional:

    IF YOU: HERE'S WHAT TO DO:
    Are younger than 4 Do not use FLONASE® Allergy Relief
    Are pregnant or breast-feeding Talk to a health professional before using FLONASE® Allergy Relief
    Have or had glaucoma or cataracts Talk to your doctor before using FLONASE® Allergy Relief
    Have an injury or surgery to your nose that is not fully healed Do not use FLONASE® Allergy Relief
    Have ever had an allergic reaction to FLONASE® Allergy Relief or any of its ingredients Do not use FLONASE® Allergy Relief
    Are taking medicine for HIV infection (such as ritonavir) Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using FLONASE® Allergy Relief
    Are taking ketoconazole pills (medicine for fungal infection) Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using FLONASE® Allergy Relief
    Are using a steroid medicine for asthma, allergies, skin rash, allergic reactions, inflammation, or eye conditions Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using FLONASE® Allergy Relief
    IF YOU: Are younger than 4
    HERE'S WHAT TO DO: Do not use FLONASE® Allergy Relief
    IF YOU: Are pregnant or breast-feeding
    HERE'S WHAT TO DO: Talk to a health professional before using FLONASE® Allergy Relief
    IF YOU: Have or had glaucoma or cataracts
    HERE'S WHAT TO DO: Talk to your doctor before using FLONASE® Allergy Relief
    IF YOU: Have an injury or surgery to your nose that is not fully healed
    HERE'S WHAT TO DO: Do not use FLONASE® Allergy Relief
    IF YOU: Have ever had an allergic reaction to FLONASE® Allergy Relief or any of its ingredients
    HERE'S WHAT TO DO: Do not use FLONASE® Allergy Relief
    IF YOU: Are taking medicine for HIV infection (such as ritonavir)
    HERE'S WHAT TO DO: Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using FLONASE® Allergy Relief
    IF YOU: Are taking ketoconazole pills (medicine for fungal infection)
    HERE'S WHAT TO DO: Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using FLONASE® Allergy Relief
    IF YOU: Are using a steroid medicine for asthma, allergies, skin rash, allergic reactions, inflammation, or eye conditions
    HERE'S WHAT TO DO: Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using FLONASE® Allergy Relief
  • What are the current medical guidelines for treating nasal allergies?

    Millions of people have used FLONASE® to help relieve allergies. The medicine in FLONASE®, fluticasone propionate, has been the most prescribed allergy medicine in the world for over 20 years.  

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  • Is FLONASE® Allergy Relief just as strong as prescription FLONASE®?

    Yes. FLONASE® Allery Relief is exactly the same as prescription FLONASE®—it’s the same medicine at the same strength and dose.
     

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  • Can I use FLONASE® year-round?

    If you are 12 or older and have been using FLONASE® steadily for 6 months, check with your doctor before continuing to use FLONASE® on a daily basis.

    For users between the ages of 4 and 11, parents should talk with their child’s doctor about continuing to take FLONASE® after 2 months of daily use.

    The growth rate of some children may be slower while using this product. Children should use for the shortest amount of time necessary to achieve symptom relief.  

    Talk to your child’s doctor if your child needs to use the spray for longer than two months a year.

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  • If my symptoms go away, should I stop using FLONASE®?

    You may be tempted to stop using FLONASE® when you start to feel better. It is important to keep using FLONASE® daily as long as allergens bother you, like pollen, mold, dust, or pet dander—so you’ll continue to enjoy relief from your symptoms.

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  • Is FLONASE® okay to use with other medicines?

    You should tell your doctor about all of the medicines you take, including FLONASE®.

    FLONASE® is not indicated for use with other nasal allergy medicines, but can be used with most other types of nonprescription and prescription medicines. However, there are a few medicines to look out for because they may cause the level of FLONASE® in your body to become too high. Just to be safe, check this table:

    IF YOU'RE TAKING: HERE'S WHAT TO DO:

    Medicines for HIV infection
    (sush as ritonavir)

    Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using FLONASE® Allergy Relief
    Medicines with glucocorticoids
    Including some medicines for skin rash such as eczema, asthma, inflammation, allergic reactions, or eye conditions
    Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using FLONASE® Allergy Relief
    Ketoconazole
    Pills for fungal infection
    Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using FLONASE® Allergy Relief
    IF YOU'RE TAKING: Medicines for HIV infection
    (sush as ritonavir)
    HERE'S WHAT TO DO: Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using FLONASE® Allergy Relief
    IF YOU'RE TAKING: Medicines with glucocorticoids
    Including some medicines for skin rash such as eczema, asthma, inflammation, allergic reactions, or eye conditions
    HERE'S WHAT TO DO: Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using FLONASE® Allergy Relief
    IF YOU'RE TAKING: Keroconazole
    Pills for fungal infection
    HERE'S WHAT TO DO: Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using FLONASE® Allergy Relief
  • Is FLONASE® covered by my insurance?

    Depending on the nature of your coverage, you may be able to use your Flexible Spending Account to pay for FLONASE®. Insurance coverage may vary and patients should contact their insurance provider for information. 

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