When should you not use Flonase?

Answered by Michael Wilson

Flonase is a commonly used nasal spray that contains a corticosteroid called fluticasone propionate. While Flonase is generally safe and effective for most people, there are certain situations in which it should not be used.

1. Recent nasal surgery or trauma: If you have recently undergone nasal surgery or have experienced nasal trauma, it is important to avoid using Flonase. The medication can delay wound healing and potentially interfere with the healing process. It is best to consult with your healthcare provider for guidance on when it is safe to resume using Flonase after such procedures.

2. Allergic reactions: If you have a known allergy to fluticasone propionate or any other ingredient in Flonase, you should not use this medication. Allergic reactions can range from mild symptoms like itching and rash to more severe reactions such as difficulty breathing or swelling of the face, lips, or tongue. If you experience any signs of an allergic reaction, seek immediate medical attention.

3. Children under the age of 4: Flonase is not approved for use in children under the age of 4. If your child is experiencing nasal congestion or other respiratory symptoms, it is important to consult with their pediatrician for appropriate treatment options.

4. Untreated fungal, bacterial, or viral infections: If you have an untreated nasal infection caused by fungi, bacteria, or viruses, Flonase may not be suitable for use. The medication can suppress the immune system, making it harder for the body to fight off the infection. It is advisable to seek medical attention for proper diagnosis and treatment of any nasal infections before considering the use of Flonase.

5. Pregnancy and breastfeeding: While studies have not shown a significant risk associated with the use of Flonase during pregnancy or breastfeeding, it is always recommended to consult with your healthcare provider before using any medication during these periods. They can assess the potential risks and benefits and provide appropriate guidance.

It is important to note that these are general guidelines, and individual circumstances may vary. Always consult with your healthcare provider or pharmacist before starting or stopping any medication, including Flonase. They can provide personalized advice based on your specific medical history and current medications.