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Effects of Fluticasone Propionate Nasal Spray

Fluticasone propionate nasal spray has been evaluated in several different studies for treating nasal allergies. In these studies, the medication helped reduce a runny nose, nasal stuffiness, itching, and sneezing. While most people use the nasal spray every day, studies also showed that it was effective when used only when needed -- that is, only on days when symptoms occurred. This is important because it usually takes steroids awhile to start working, and it was unclear whether steroids would be effective if not taken every day.
Studies have also shown that fluticasone propionate nasal spray is effective for treating nonallergic rhinitis (nasal symptoms not caused by allergies).

When and How to Take the Medicine

Some general considerations for when and how to take fluticasone propionate nasal spray include the following:
  • As the name implies, this medication comes in the form of a nasal spray. It is usually used once or twice a day.
  • Be sure to shake your bottle well before each use.
  • Blow your nose before each dose. Breathe in gently while spraying fluticasone propionate into your nose. Do not try to inhale the nasal spray or breathe in too deeply, as the medicine works when it comes in contact with the inside surfaces of the nose, not the throat or lungs.
  • Avoid aiming the spray toward the wall that separates your nostrils (in the middle of your nose, called the nasal septum). Spraying fluticasone propionate nasal spray toward the nasal septum increases the risk of nosebleeds. Some people find it easiest to avoid this by holding the bottle in the opposite hand (using the right hand to spray into the left nostril, and vice versa).
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Fluticasone propionate nasal spray will not work if you stop taking it.
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