Fluticasone Furoate (floo-TIK-a-sone FURE-oh-ate)
Treats sneezing, or itchy, runny, or stuffy nose caused by hay fever. This medicine is a corticosteroid.
There may be other brand names for this medicine.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used
You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to fluticasone furoate or to other corticosteroids.
How to Use This Medicine
- Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Your dose may need to be changed several times in order to find out what works best for you. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
- This medicine comes with patient instructions. Read and follow these instructions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
- This medicine is for use only in the nose. Do not get any of it in your eyes or on your skin. If it does get on these areas, rinse it off right away.
- If you are using the nasal spray for the first time, you will need to prime the spray. To do this, you should release six test sprays into the air away from the face, or pump the bottle until some of the medicine sprays out. Now it is ready to use. Prime the spray if it has not been used for more than 30 days or if the cap has been left off the bottle for 5 days or longer. Shake the medicine well before each use.
- Before using the medicine, gently blow your nose to clear the nostrils.
- After using the nasal spray, wipe the tip of the bottle with a clean tissue and put the cap back on.
- You may need to use this medicine for a few days before you start to feel better.
If a dose is missed:
- If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine
- Keep the bottle tightly closed when not using it. Store at room temperature, away from heat and direct light. Do not freeze or refrigerate.
- Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of any outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.
- Keep all medicine away from children and never share your medicine with anyone.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using ketoconazole (Nizoral®) or ritonavir (Norvir®).
Warnings While Using This Medicine
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have liver disease, asthma, glaucoma, cataracts, tuberculosis, an eye infection caused by herpes, or any type of infection.
- Tell your doctor if you develop white patches or sores in your mouth while you are using this medicine.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you have had nose surgery, a nose injury, or an infection in your nose in the last few months.
- Check with your doctor immediately if blurred vision, difficulty in reading, or any other change in vision occurs during or after treatment. Your doctor may want you to have your eyes checked by an ophthalmologist (eye doctor).
- This medicine may cause a serious type of allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis can be life-threatening and requires immediate medical attention. Call your doctor right away if you have a rash; itching; hoarseness; trouble breathing; trouble swallowing; or any swelling of your hands, face, or mouth while you are using this medicine.
- Avoid people who are sick or have infections. Tell your doctor right away if you think you have been exposed to measles or chickenpox.
- This medicine may slow down a child's growth. If you think your child is not growing properly while using this medicine, talk with your doctor.
- Your doctor will need to check your progress at regular visits while you are using this medicine. Be sure to keep all appointments.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse, call your doctor.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
- Burning, redness, swelling, or irritation around or inside your nose.
- Eye pain or problems with vision.
- Fever, chills, cough, sore throat, and body aches.
- Gaining weight around your neck, upper back, breast, face, or waist.
- Heavy nosebleeds.
- Sores or white patches inside the nose or mouth.
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Back pain.