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Flunisolide Nasal spray

What is this medicine?

FLUNISOLIDE (floo NISS oh lide) is a corticosteroid. It helps to reduce swelling in your nose. This medicine is used to treat the symptoms of allergies like sneezing, itching, and runny or stuffy nose.

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for use in the nose. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Do not use more often than directed. You may need to use this medicine for several days as prescribed before you start to feel better. Make sure that you are using your nasal spray correctly. Ask you doctor or health care provider if you have any questions.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed. This medicine has been used in children as young as 6 years of age.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • chest pain, tightness

  • infection

  • trouble breathing, wheezing

  • unusual swelling

  • white patches or sores in the mouth or nose

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • burning or irritation inside the nose or throat

  • cough

  • headache

  • nosebleed

  • runny nose, sneezing

  • unusual taste

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:

  • mifepristone

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • barbiturate medicines for inducing sleep or treating seizures

  • carbamazepine

  • phenytoin

  • rifampin

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Protect from heat, and direct light. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • asthma

  • infection, like tuberculosis, herpes, or fungal infection

  • recent surgery or injury of nose or sinuses

  • taking corticosteroids by mouth

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to flunisolide, other corticosteroids, medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Check with your doctor if your symptoms do not improve in 1 to 2 weeks of regular use.

Do not come in contact with people who have chickenpox or the measles while you are taking this medicine. If you do, call your doctor right away.

Online Medical Reviewer: Louise Akin, RN, BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith, RN, MSN, FNP, CCRC
Last Review Date: 12/1/2009
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