I have had allergies since I was a teenager (I am 53 now) and as a kid I remember that there was nothing I could take that did not make me so tired I could not function. At that time I opted for allergy shots which did help but after I stopped them, the symptoms slowly came back. When they first came out with the nasal sprays like Flonase it was like a miracle for me. It totally takes away all the itching in my nose, ears, throat and even in my eyes. Itching is my worst symptom so that was the relief I was looking for.
This is a prescription medication that contains Fluticasone Propionate. There are 120 doses in the bottle. Each spray is 100mg and contains 50mcg of the active ingredient. The bottle is dark glass and has a white plastic part that fits into your nose and a cover to put on it, when not in use. I am guessing the dark glass protects the medication but it is hard to tell how much you have left. Between the dark color and the label covering the bottle often I do not realize I am running low until I use my last spray. The liquid itself is a whitish color and has a flowery scent to it. I do not find the scent bothersome and it does not leave a bad taste in my mouth like some of the other nasal sprays I have tried in the past.
How to use
When you start using a new bottle or if you have not used it in awhile you have to depress the plastic base a few times until you see that it is spraying. The spray is like a soft mist. Once it is primed, put the plastic nasal tube into your nostril and then breathe in through your nose gently. You are not supposed to sniff this way up your nose, the idea is to just gently breathe in through the nose, so that it is going up instead of out or just staying right where you spray it.
The typical dosage is two sprays once a day. I have been using this for many years and know that any type of anti inflammatory should be used sparingly. When they first came out with these it was thought that you did not absorb anything systemically but now there are studies that say you do, so caution should be used. My doctor told me to start out with two sprays once a day until I got relief, then to back off to one spray each day and then every other day and so on until you reach the lowest dose necessary to control the symptom. I find that I can use one spray every third or forth day and keep my symptoms at bay. My feeling is that if you are not getting any relief after a week that this medication is not working for you. I am guessing that everyone has different symptoms. I really do not have congestion or a runny nose, it is just insane itching inside my nose, throat, ears and eyes.
How well it works for me
For me Flonase gives me total relief of the itching. When used as I described above I can be symptom free as long as I keep using one spray a couple times a week. It only takes about 12 hrs for me to start to get some relief so initially I will take it with something else to give me immediate relief. I like to take Aller Response for immediate relief or if my symptoms are really bad at night I will take a Benedryl. Generally it takes about 3 days of using two sprays a day to get complete relief. At that point I usually start backing off. I have done this enough times so that I know what my minimum requirements are so I generally will use 2 sprays for the first three days and then back off to one spray for a couple days. then every other day for a few days and then I will spray it only once every 3 or 4 days. Depending on the time of year I might use quit after a few weeks and see how it goes.
As I have gotten older allergies do not seem quite as bad for me, and it seems that I just get them when I get into something or at the beginning of the growing season so I do not use the spray year round and will only use it for a few weeks at a time until I feel I am past the point of needing it. I like that when I do need it that it works quickly to get me under control. Sometimes I will need to use it again for a few weeks in the fall during ragweed season.
In our family my son and daughter also have allergies and they both seem to get relief from this medication. My husband gets some sinus problems at times and the doctor has prescribed Flonase but he just hates sticking anything up his nose so he has not really given it a fair try.
Flonase VS Generic
I have used both Flonase and the Generic form of the medication, Fluticason Propionate. I have not noticed any difference at all between the Brand Name and the Generic form of this nasal spray. The medication works the same, looks the same, smells the same and even the applicator bottle works just as well. The generic medication of course is a lot cheaper. For me it is a lower co-pay of my insurance.
I currently experience no side effects from using this medication. When I first started using this before I realized that I could taper off to a lower every other or every third day dose that my nose seemed to feel sore or sensitive after a couple weeks of using it twice a day. Using it like I do causes me no side effects and I think many people could back off on their doses to make using the spray safer and more comfortable. Of course you should check with your doctor or pharmacist about lowering your dose before doing it.
Thanks for reading my review
I hope you were helped by reading my review of Flonase. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave them in the comments section.