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Precautions and Warnings With Fluticasone Furoate

Knowing the precautions and warnings with fluticasone furoate before starting the drug can help reduce risks. You should let your healthcare provider know if you have nasal injuries, any infections, or glaucoma prior to using the nasal spray. Fluticasone furoate may slow growth rate in children, cause infections, or slow healing. Do not take fluticasone furoate if you are allergic to any components of the medicine.

Fluticasone Furoate: What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking fluticasone furoate (Veramyst™) if you have:
 
  • Recently had nasal surgery
  • Sores or injury to the inside of your nose
  • Not had chickenpox or the measles (or have not been vaccinated against them)
  • Tuberculosis, herpes, or any other infections
  • Glaucoma or cataracts
  • Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
     
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
 
  • Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • Breastfeeding.
     
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
 

Specific Warnings and Precautions for Fluticasone Furoate

Some warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking fluticasone furoate include the following:
 
  • Fluticasone furoate is a steroid and may suppress the immune system. Although this is more likely to occur with oral steroids, it is still possible with nasal steroids (such as fluticasone furoate). Taking steroids may put you at a higher risk for infections. Certain infections (such as chickenpox or the measles) may be more dangerous if you are taking fluticasone furoate. Let your healthcare provider know right away if you are exposed to chickenpox or the measles (if you have not had these infections and have not been vaccinated against them). Rarely, fluticasone furoate can lead to yeast infections in the nose and throat (as a result of suppression of the immune system).
     
  • If you are switching from an oral steroid to fluticasone furoate (which is a nasal steroid), your healthcare provider should slowly decrease your dose of the oral steroid. Stopping an oral steroid too quickly can be very dangerous.
     
  • Fluticasone furoate can suppress the body's ability to make natural steroids. Usually, this happens when too much fluticasone furoate is taken (or when a drug interaction with fluticasone furoate occurs). In such circumstances, fluticasone furoate should be stopped very slowly to give your body a chance to begin making natural steroids again.
     
  • Like all steroids, fluticasone furoate may slow down the growth rate of children and teenagers. Contact your child's healthcare provider if you are concerned about a slow growth rate in your child.
     
  • Fluticasone furoate can cause glaucoma or cataracts (conditions of the eyes) or may make these conditions worse. If you already have either eye condition, you may need to be monitored more closely.
     
  • Before starting fluticasone furoate, be sure to tell your healthcare provider if you currently have any type of infection. Also, let your healthcare provider know if you have ever had tuberculosis or a herpes infection of the eye, as fluticasone furoate may weaken the immune system, allowing these infections to worsen.
     
  • Corticosteroids (such as fluticasone furoate) can slow healing. Therefore, if you have had recent nasal surgery or nasal sores, you should wait until healing has occurred before taking fluticasone furoate. Also, corticosteroids can cause nosebleeds and nasal sores or irritation.
     
  • Fluticasone furoate can potentially interact with other medications (see Drug Interactions With Fluticasone Furoate).
     
  • Fluticasone furoate is considered a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that it may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are not currently known (see Veramyst and Pregnancy).
     
  • It is unknown whether fluticasone furoate (the active ingredient of fluticasone furoate) passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start breastfeeding, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the drug (see Veramyst and Breastfeeding).
     
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