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Fluticasone Topical

INFORMATION

Uses

Fluticasone Topical is used in the treatment of allergic disorders, severe allergic reaction, asthma, arthritis, cancer and psoriasis (silvery scaly skin rash).

How it works

Fluticasone belongs to a class of medications called as glucocorticoids/steroids. It prevents the release of the chemicals (prostaglandins, leukotrienes) in the body that cause inflammation and allergies.

Common side effects

Fever, Chest tightness, Cough, Altered sense of smell, Altered taste, Headache, Itching, Nose bleed, Nasal congestion, Nasal dryness, Nasal irritation, Sneezing, Sore throat, Throat irritation, White spots in the mouth, Vomiting, Stomach upset

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Expert advice

  • Consult your doctor if you have an infection in the nasal passage or sinus.
  • Inform your doctor if you have tuberculosis, other chest or lung infection, breathing problem, cold, liver disease or thin or brittle bones before using the medicine.
  • Avoid use of fluticasone topical preparation on areas where you have itchiness, redness, rashes, infection or acne on the skin.
  • Inform your doctor if you have breathing problems or tightness in the chest even after taking the medicine.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding. 
  • Do not use if you are allergic to fluticasone or any of its ingredients.
  • Do not use if you have liver disease, bacterial or fungal infections or low bone mineral density.
  • Do not use if you are taking anti-HIV drugs like ritonavir or anti-fungal drugs like ketoconazole.
  • Do not use if you have untreated cutaneous infections, rosacea, acne vulgaris, perioral dermatitis (a condition characterized by is a facial rash on the face causing bumps to develop round the mouth), perianal and genital pruritus, pruritus without inflammation, dermatoses in infants under three months of age, including dermatitis and nappy rash.

Frequently asked questions

Fluticasone Topical

Q.Is fluticasone an antibiotic/steroid/anti-histaminic/anti-cholinergic drug?
Fluticasone is a steroid but not an antibiotic/anti-histaminic/anti-cholinergic/decongestant drug. It is used to treat nasal congestion (decongestant) and other symptoms caused by allergies or conditions like asthma

Q.Does it contain sulfa?
It does not contain sulfa

Q.Is Fluticasone the same as Nasonex/Flonase?
Fluticasone is also available in the branded form as Flonase nasal spray. However, Nasonex consists of another drug called Mometasone also used for treating nasal allergies

Q.Is Fluticasone safe?
Yes. Fluticasone is relatively safe if used as recommended. In case of any side-effects, consult your doctor

Q.Is it used in infants?
It is used for skin allergies in children or infants. Please consult your doctor before use

Q.What is used for?
Fluticasone (nasal drop, nasal spray) is used to treat nasal inflammation such as coughing, wheezing, blocked nose, runny nose. It is also used as topical cream to treat various skin allergies and infections

Q.Is fluticasone used for cold?
It is not used for common cold

Q.Does fluticasone propionate cause drowsiness/wakefulness?
Fluticasone may cause drowsiness or wakefulness. If you experience any such symptoms, please consult your doctor

Q.Is fluticasone addictive?
No. Fluticasone is not an addictive or a controlled/banned substance

Q.Does fluticasone cause nose bleeds?
Yes. The most common and expected side-effect of fluticasone nasal spray/inhaler is nose bleeding. If your bleeding does not stop, please consult your doctor

Q.Can I take fluticasone if I have high blood pressure?
It is advisable to consult your doctor before taking fluticasone if you have high blood pressure.


Content on this page was last updated on 17 October, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)