Avamys

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Generic Name: Avamys Brand Name(s): Generics only. No brands available.

Uses

What is Avamys® (fluticasone furoate nasal spray) used for?

Avamys® is used to treat symptoms of allergic rhinitis including stuffy, runny or itchy nose, sneezing, and watery, itchy or red eyes. The effects are usually felt within the first day, although some people will not feel the effects until several days after first taking it.

How should I take Avamys® (fluticasone furoate nasal spray)?

Shake well before use. Avamys® is sprayed into the nose as a fine mist. It has virtually no taste.

Avamys® is not for use in the eyes. Use Avamys® once a day and at the same time each day. This will treat your symptoms throughout the day and night.

How do I store Avamys® (fluticasone furoate nasal spray)?

Avamys® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Avamys® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Avamys® that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush Avamys® down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Avamys® (fluticasone furoate nasal spray)?

Before using this drug, tell your doctor if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
  • You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of Avamys® or other medications.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
  • You are taking an antiviral medicine called a protease inhibitor (e.g. ritonavir) or a type of medicine used to treat fungal infections (e.g. ketoconazole).

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There isn’t enough information about the safety of using Avamys® during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Avamys®.

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Avamys® (fluticasone furoate nasal spray)?

Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects and they are severe or bothersome. Your pharmacist may be able to advise you on managing side effects.

  • Back pain
  • Cough
  • Dizziness
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Nose irritation or pain
  • Nosebleeds
  • Sore throat
  • Stuffy nose

Although most of the side effects listed below don’t happen very often, they could lead to serious problems if you do not seek medical attention.

Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:

  • Feeling that your heart is racing
  • High blood pressure (e.g., headaches, vision changes, nausea, vomiting)
  • Increased frequency of infection; cold or flu-like symptoms
  • Nasal septum perforation (small holes in the wall between the nostrils)
  • Slowed growth in children and adolescents
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore ulcers inside the nose
  • Symptoms of decreased adrenal function (e.g., tiredness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, low blood pressure)
  • Symptoms of a fungal infection in the nose (e.g., nasal discharge, fever, headache, fatigue, generally not feeling well)
  • Symptoms of high blood sugar (e.g., frequent urination, increased thirst, excessive eating, unexplained weight loss, poor wound healing, infections, fruity breath odor)
  • Symptoms of too much corticosteroid (e.g., weight gain especially around the body and face, “moon face”, sweating, thinning of the skin, bruising easily, muscle and bone weakness)
  • Vision changes

Stop taking the medication and seek immediate medical attention if any of the following occur:

  • Signs of a serious allergic reaction (e.g., abdominal cramps, difficulty breathing, nausea and vomiting, or swelling of the face and throat)

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Interactions

What drugs may interact with Avamys® (fluticasone furoate nasal spray)?

Avamys® may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Does food or alcohol interact with Avamys® (fluticasone furoate nasal spray)?

Avamys® may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with Avamys® (fluticasone furoate nasal spray)?

Avamys® may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Avamys® (fluticasone furoate nasal spray).

What is the dose of Avamys® (fluticasone furoate nasal spray) for an adult?

The usual starting dose is 2 sprays in each nostril once a day.

Once symptoms are controlled you may be able to decrease your dose to 1 spray in each nostril once a day.

What is the dose of Avamys® (fluticasone furoate nasal spray) for a child?

Children 12 years and older:

The usual starting dose is 2 sprays in each nostril once a day.

Once symptoms are controlled you may be able to decrease your dose to 1 spray in each nostril once a day.

Children (2 to 11 years):

The usual starting dose is 1 spray in each nostril once a day. If symptoms are severe your doctor may increase the dose to 2 sprays in each nostril once a day until symptoms are under control. It may then be possible for the dose to be reduced to 1 spray in each nostril once a day.

How is Avamys® (fluticasone furoate nasal spray) available?

Avamys® is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • 5 micrograms/spraynasal, bottle of 30 sprays
  • 5 micrograms/spraynasal, bottle of 120 sprays

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Avamys®, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Review Date: August 9, 2017 | Last Modified: September 2, 2017

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