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And then there were 2: Flonase goes OTC!


Flonase (Fluticasone proprionate) is now available without a prescription. It joins Nasacort Allergy 24 HR to become the second corticosteroid nasal spray available OTC.  Flonase nasal spray first became available in 1994 as a prescription medicine to treat nasal allergies.  Since then, it has become very popular in treating nasal allergy symptoms.

FLONASE® provides 24-hour relief of:

  • Nasal congestion (antihistamines don’t really help much with nasal stuffiness)
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy nose
  • Itchy and watery eyes (yes, you read that correctly!  It also helps with eye symptoms)

Full effectiveness is usually achieved within 3-4 days, although some individuals feel some relief after the first day.

Unlike nasal decongestant sprays, Flonase®  is safe enough to use on a regular basis without becoming dependent on it.  Side effects are usually mild.  Nose bleeds is the most common side effect with any nasal spray.  Correct administration is the key to preventing nose bleeds!  Remember to aim “away” from the nasal septum.

Unlike older antihistamines such as Benadryl® (diphenhydramine), nasal corticosteroid sprays such as Flonase® do NOT cause drowsiness.

Is Flonase for children? Approved for children as young as 4 years old, Flonase® is given 1 spray each nostril once a day (up to 2 months per year).  Here the challenge is convincing that young patient to hold still while the spray is administered.  With some practice, this can be achieved!

For more information and a full accounting on the risks and benefits on Flonase, go to:

If Flonase® or any other allergy treatment is not controlling your symptoms, contact us at Family Allergy & Asthma Care of Montana at 406-451-7017.  Nasal sprays are just one part of the overall treatment program when it comes to treating allergies.

This information is solely for informational purposes and not intended as a substitute for consultation with a medical professional. 


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