Fluticasone is a custom-made drug, a synthetic glucocorticoid used primarily as an anti-inflammatory and as an inhaled corticosteroid. As an oral inhalation corticosteroid, fluticasone diminishes irritation and abnormal swelling and thus prevents problems associated with airflow and capacity such as chest tightness, difficulty breathing, coughing, wheezing, and asthma. As a nasal spray, fluticasone is used often as a treatment for perennial nonallergic rhinitis.
Fluticasone comes in multiple forms of delivery, the two most common as mentioned above—oral inhalant and nasal spray. Inhalers are typically used twice daily unless otherwise instructed by your doctor. Nasal sprays are typically given once or twice daily. Carefully follow your doctor's instructions and directions for whichever form of fluticasone you are prescribed. Consult with your compounding pharmacist if you questions. Fluticasone may be used for other medical conditions and come in other forms of delivery as well; ask your doctor.
Some patients use fluticasone with no problems or side effects, though side effects may occur in any patient. Be observant while using this drug and contact your doctor if you experience side effects that seem troubling to you, are persisting, or are exacerbating.
Many other side effects may possibly occur. Watch for any side effect you feel is severe and seek medical attention immediately if you experience anything that feels severe or is troubling to you.
Anyone considering the use of fluticasone should not begin use of the drug until they have consulted with their physician and had a full medical review of their current state of health including an overview of all medications/drugs currently being taken by the prospective fluticasone user.
As there are many conditions, diseases, and negative drug interactions that could make the use of fluticasone inadvisable, ask your doctor to explain all your options, the risks versus the benefits of using fluticasone, and the contraindications for use of the drug based on drug interaction and medical conditions, past and present.
WARNING: Fluticasone may cause children to grow at a slowed rate. Talk to your doctor to discuss this possible issue.
WARNING: Fluticasone is not intended for long-term use. Fluticasone may cause glaucoma or cataracts in patients who use it long-term. Talk to your doctor about the risks.
WARNING: Fluticasone may increase the risk, in some patients, of developing osteoporosis.
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