Fluticasone is a corticosteroid used to prevent and treat nasal allergy symptoms.

Pronunciation: floo-TIK-a-sone

What are fluticasone’s uses?

Fluticasone (propionate) nasal spray is used to treat allergic rhinitis, that is, nasal congestion, sneezing, nasal itching and a runny nose. It works by reducing inflammatory reactions cause by allergens.

What dosage should you take?

The adult dose and for children over 12 is 100mcg into each nostril once a day. The maximum dosage is 100mcg into each nostril twice a day (total of eight sprays a day).

The paediatric dose for four to 11 years-olds is 50mcg into each nostril once daily, increased to maximum twice daily if needed. The maximum dosage is 100mcg daily into each nostril, that is, a total of four sprays per day.

However, always check the correct dosages with your Clicks pharmacist first.

What special precautions should you take?

  • It is not recommended for use in children under 12 years of age, so first consult with your doctor or Clicks pharmacist about paediatric use.
  • During pregnancy or breastfeeding only use fluticasone if advised to by your doctor or Clicks pharmacist.

Fluticasone should be used with caution if you suffer from the following conditions:

  • Asthma or wheezing
  • Cataracts
  • Chickenpox
  • Glaucoma (an eye disorder that results in optic nerve damage)
  • Herpes simplex infection of the eye
  • Infections (bacteria, fungus, virus, or parasite)
  • Measles (includes recent exposure)
  • Tuberculosis
  • Injury to the nose
  • Nose surgery
  • Sores or ulcers in the nose

What drug interactions could you experience?

To avoid adverse drug interactions, always inform your doctor or Clicks pharmacist what prescription and non-prescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements and herbal products you are taking or planning to take.

What are fluticasone’s side effects?

Its side effects could include:

  • Irritation of the nose and throat
  • Nose bleeds
  • Taste disturbances

This is not a complete list of side effects. It’s essential that you call your doctor should you notice any severe or odd side effects.

What are the overdose symptoms?

Using high doses of inhaled steroids over a long time may aggravate mental health problems and be a risk factor for other problems such as developing osteoporosis.

Children who use an inhaled steroid over a long time should have their growth monitored.

The accuracy of this information was checked and approved by Clicks' pharmacist Waheed Abdurahman in April 2015