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Flonase® Nasal Spray Side Effects

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Toxicity of Flonase® Nasal Spray: Low Risk

Expected symptoms: 

– Nasal dryness or irritation
– Headache
– Nausea and vomiting
– Sore throat

What to do: 

1. Wipe or rinse out the mouth to remove the substance.
2. Give a serving size of water to drink.
3. Call 1-800-222-1222 for additional instructions.

Quick Facts about Flonase® Nasal Spray 

Callers to the poison center often ask questions about the possible Flonase® side effects and risks of using Flonase® Nasal Spray.

Flonase® Nasal Spray is an over-the-counter allergy relief medication. It is sprayed into the nose to treat sneezing, runny nose, and itchy and watery eyes. The active ingredient in Flonase® is fluticasone, a steroid that reduces inflammation. Flonase® is also known as fluticasone propionate.

Possible Side Effects of Flonase® Nasal Spray

Side effects associated with the nasal spray are minor: headache, throat irritation, nausea and vomiting, dizziness, and sometimes dryness and irritation of the nose which can lead to nosebleeds.  Therefore, speak with your physician before starting this medication and use the spray only as directed. Taking the medicine for a long period of time may increase the risk for glaucoma or cataracts in some individuals.

What to Do If There Is an Exposure

If you find a child playing with a bottle of Flonase® Nasal Spray, do not panic. Take the medication away from them and then try to find where they sprayed it.  Check to see if they sprayed it into their mouth, then wipe out the mouth with a soft, wet cloth and give them some water to drink. If the child has sprayed the medication into their nose, have them blow their nose if they are able, and then gently wipe the nose with a soft, wet cloth.  If problems start or you have questions, call the Missouri Poison Center right away at 1-800-222-1222. The poison center is open all day, every day for poisoning emergencies and questions.  

EYE EXPOSURE: Flonase® Can be Irritating 

If someone gets Flonase® Nasal Spray in the eye there can be immediate burning and stinging which requires prompt first aid to avoid an eye injury.

1.Start rinsing eye(s) with lukewarm water.

2.Call the Missouri Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222 for further recommendations.

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