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It's been a long time since I used Flixonase and I don't have fond memories of it I'm afraid. Many moons ago I suddenly seemed to develop a host of allergy symptoms, I developed asthma, rhinitis and hives for seemingly no reason and the doctor I was seeing at the time tried a number of medications out on me before we settled into a regime. One of the nasal treatments I was given was Flixonase. At the time it was only available on prescription but I see now it can be bought over the counter for about the same price as a prescription.
The point of the Flixonase was to calm down my seriously irritated nose and stop it running all the time, as I didn't have eye symptoms the GP thought a topical treatment for the nose was the best way to go. Flixonase is a steroid product that should reduce inflammation in the tissue of the nasal passage, anyone who's had rhinitis will know your nose gets very inflamed and painful inside. It should not be used by anyone who has a sensitivity to the ingredients, where an infection is present, if you have liver problems, for longer than 3 months, if you are under 18, if you have recently had nose surgery, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding and you need to discuss other medications you are taking before using it. Side effects can include nose bleeds, headache, dryness of the nose and throat, an odd taste in the mouth, allergic reactions and worryingly perforation of the nasal septum.
When I was prescribed Flixonase it was to be used once or twice a day at most and a couple of sprays into each nostril each time. It's supposed to work immediately at starting to calm down the inflamed tissue in the nose so I hoped for excellent results. I vividly recall it having a long white nozzle that was to be inserted into the nostril and the other nostril was held closed while you pressed the bottom of the nozzle to dispense some liquid up one nostril. As you pumped the fluid in you were to breathe in to get it all the way up your nose and not let it just run out.
My experience of using Flixonase wasn't a good one I'm afraid, I followed the directions to the letter and did manage to get most of the liquid into my already sore nose and I put up with the horrible taste of the liquid as it ran down my throat but it didn't work at all. I used it for a couple of weeks to make sure it wasn't a time issue but it didn't relieve any of my painful nasal symptoms nor did it stop my nose from continuously running. In fact it seemed to make the pain in my nose worse and I had alot of bleeding from my nose during the time I used it. I returned to the GP after a couple of weeks and he said to stop using it and gave me something else but I hadn't noticed I'd lost my sense of smell while I was using Flixonase. My sense of smell actually took several years to return after using it and it's never returned fully so I can smell things but I often can't smell them properly if that makes sense, some odours smell really bizarre to me when I know how they really should smell from my years before Flixonase. I have mentioned this to a doctor since and she said nothing could be done, it wasn't a frequent problem but it can happen with nasal sprays and usually it resolves as soon as you stop the spray. Obviously in my case it didn't. So anyone who experiences worsening of symptoms or their sense of smell getting worse should definitely stop using the spray immediately.
Overall Flixonase was useless for my rhinitis and caused even more problems so I don't recommend it at all and am only giving it one star because I have to!
For the last year I've been suffering with extremely severe sinus pressure and pain. This is mainly due to hayfever. I've suffered with hayfever my whole life, but never had problems with my sinuses relating to it. To be honest, up until a year ago I didn't even know what sinuses were, now they're all I think about! Previously, my hayfever would only effect my eyes and throat. I would sneeze all day and have very itchy and watery eyes, and that would be about it. Last summer I had no "normal" hayfever symptoms, just problems with my sinuses. I had such a headache all across my forehead, and around my eyes, even at the back of my head. I could barely even move due to the pressure I had in my face. As these were not my normal hayfever symptoms I didn't relate the two, and so didn't take my antihistamines to help. This led me to develop a sinus infection.
Sinus infections are notoriously hard to cure, as I was about to discover. I went to the doctors and he put me on a 7 day course of antibiotics. I felt much better after a few days, however after finishing the course the pressure in my face came back, so did all the pain. I went back to the doctors and he gave me a different type of antibiotics to try. The same thing happened. Nothing would get rid of this. I spent my whole summer miserable, constantly on antibiotics, constantly searching for a cure, and resigning myself to the fact I was going to be in pain for the rest of my life. Eventually the doctor referred me to a specialist.
The specialist examined my sinuses and to my shock said I didn't actually have a sinus infection! Why was I in so much pain then?! He explained to me that I probably did have an infection at some point and when it went it left my sinuses inflamed and sore, and this is why I was suffering so much with the pressure in my face. He suggested that I try Flixonase, to see if that would help with the pressure.
I bought one bottle of Flixonase from Boots for £7. I've also purchased it from Lloyds Pharmacy for exactly the same price. I find that a bottle will only last me 2 weeks, so this turns out to be quite expensive. I would therefore recommend shopping around online as it is quite easy to find some for as little as £4.
It comes in a carboard box about 6 inches high. Once you open it you find that the spray inside is actually about an inch containing the liquid and the rest of the bottle is a spray. The spray is really easy to use and doesn't get clogged up at all. The spray contains 60 sprays per bottle.
~~How does Flixonase work?~~
It contains a corticosteroid called fluticasone propionate. This acts an anti-inflammatory action, so helps to relieve the pressure I suffer by reducing the swelling in the sinuses. It works in a similar way to natural body chemicals to control inflammation. The spray helps to control your body's reactions to allergens in the environment.
~~What ingredients does it have?~~
It contains 50 micrograms of fluticasone propionate as the active ingredient in each spray. It also contains microcrystalline cellulose, sodium carboxymethylcellulose, dextrose, polysorbate 80, purified water, dilute hydrochloric acid and preservatives.
~~What is it used for?~~
It's used to treat hayfever symptoms. In particular:
*Itchy and runny nose
*Itchy and watery eyes
*Nasal congestion and associated sinus discomfort.
~~What is the typical dosage?~~
Adults should take two sprays in each nostril once a day. If you find that your symptoms are especially bad then you can use two sprays twice a day. Similarly, if your symptoms improve then you can go down to one spray once a day. When mine has been really bad I have used it two sprays three times a day and be fine doing this, but you should consult a doctor if you want to do this!
It states on the box that you should only use it for a month at a time, and for any more time then you should consult your doctor. I did so and now use it for most of the year. I now struggle with sinus problems all year round, so I do use it a lot. I try to take a weeks break every few months, but I haven't had any problems from using it this much.
~~What are the possible side effects?~~
I haven't experienced any side effects at all really. Sometimes if my symptoms are especially bad and I use it more than I should then I get a slight nose bleed but other than that I have been fine with it. The box states that the possible side effects include:
*An unpleasant taste or smell
*Minor nose bleeds
*Dryness and irritation of the nose and throat
*If you get a more severe reaction such as a sudden swelling of the face or tongue, a rash, start wheezing or feeling faint after using the spray then you should stop using it and see a doctor immediately.
A downside is that it takes about a week to actually start working, so you do have to struggle for a while until it kicks in. if it doesn't work straight away then don't give up using it, carry on, and it does work eventually! A few times I felt so much better and stopped taking the spray, but found within a few weeks all the pressure was back again once more and annoyingly I'd have to suffer with it for a week or so for it to work again! It does only contain 60 sprays. The typical dosage is 2 sprays in each nostril once a day = 4 sprays a day. This means that it will last you 15 days!! If your symptoms are especially bad then it may only last you a week! £7 a week just for hayfever symptoms is pretty expensive.
Now onto the positives! This spray has been a lifesaver for me! I found that gradually my symptoms become more and more bearable. Suddenly I would wake up and my first thought was no longer about my sinuses. I simply wake up in the morning and use my spray! You hold one nostril shut and spray into the other whilst gently inhaling. Let out that breath and then spray once more. You then move onto the other nostril. It's so easy to use. If it sometimes drips into the back of your throat then it's not a problem as I actually think it smells and tastes really nice!
I tried so many things to cure my sinus problems. I tried seven different antibiotics, I tried steam inhalation, I tried nasal irrigation - I bought a special kind of teapot called a neti pot, and poured warm salt water through one nostril and out the other, I dipped a piece of tissue in honey and laid on my back with it dripping into my sinuses, I tried reflexology, I tried decongestants, i tried antihistamines. NOTHING worked except this. It helped me to get my life back again and I would not be able to live without my flixonase!
What a perfect time of the year to right a review for this product as this is probably the time when it creates most sales.
I suffer from hayfever every year and find that to keep it at bay I need to take tablets, eye drops and nasal spray.
I know it seems odd spraying something up your nose, but trust me this stuff is great and I wouldn't be without it, especially in the summer.
Flixonase allergy nasal spray is designed and produced in favour of allergy sufferers but mostly seems to be aimed at hayfever sufferers.
I start using this spray in April and then will use it for the whole of the summer season until mid august when the grass pollen levels start to lower, I spray twice in each nostril once a day and if I am having a high allergy day I will use it not only in the morning but in the evening also.
It is very easy to use, when first opening you have to break the seal then to apply you press down on the top plastic and the spray is squirted deep inside the nasal cavity.
You can buy this spray in most chemists and supermarkets that contain a pharmacy in house. I have recently started getting it from the doctor as in Wales you don't have to pay for your prescriptions so it doesn't cost.
If you are looking to purchase the product it is about £5 and in certain cases slightly more expensive.
You will get quite good use from a bottle of 15ml which will usually last you about 2 - 4 weeks in total.
Flixonase Allergy Nasal Spray is an aqueous spray which contains: 50 micrograms fluticasone propionate as the active ingredient in each spray.
Also contains: Microcrystalline cellulose, sodium carboxymethylcellulose, dextrose, polysorbate 80, purified water, dilute hydrochloric acid and preservatives: benzalkonium chloride, phenylethylalcohol.
Each bottle contains 60 sprays.
This really is a good spray and does help to preventing and also combating the effects certain allergies will produce on you.
I know it seems odd spraying something up your nose, but trust me this stuff is great and I wouldn't be without it, especially in the summer.
Flixonase allergy nasal spray is basically what it says on the box, a nasal spray for relief of allergies, especially hay fever. It also helps with other airborne allergies like cat and dog fir, tree pollen, grass etc etc.
I mainly use this during the spring and summer when the hay fever season kicks in, and I just spray this up my nose once in the morning and once in the evening to keep allergens at bay. It really does work and I don't have to take any pills, nor is there really any side effects (more on these in a second). I usually keep a bottle of this spray in my purse, so if I feel like I need it, there is some right there with me. I find this works quickly, so if I feel an allergy attack coming on, I can use it and feel fine within minutes.
This spray is easy to use, you just place the spray nozzle into your nostril, and as you spray, breathe in through your nose. Spray twice in each nostril, and after use wipe the nozzle and replace the cap to keep it clean and hygienic.
The only side effects of this spray, is occasionally you will get a stinging sensation for a few minutes after use, but you usually only get this a couple of times when you start using it, after that, it usually won't happen again. Sometimes, you may get a strange taste in the back of your throat after use, but this usually goes away quite quickly and it is not too horrible a taste, so it is bearable.
This spray can be given to you on prescription by your doctor, or can be bought over the counter in pharmacies, Boots stores etc, or you can even buy it on Amazon now! So its easy to get hold of and costs less than £6. It lasts for ages too, I probably use two in a summer and one in a winter, so its truly a good buy.
I recommend this to anyone with allergies, or even those who just have sinus pain, as I found it to relieve the pressure quickly and efficently.
This review is also on Ciao under the user name Hailee*
I have suffered form hayfever for the last 30 years, every summer I try something new to remedy it. Remedies tend to work for a short time then for some reason they stop having the same effect.
My doctor suggested I buy some Flixonase Allergy Nasal Spray. It was cheaper to buy at £6.25 than the price I would pay for a prescription. I have been using the spray for 3 weeks now, in conjunction with loratadine anti histamine tablets. The tablets alone had take tne 'edge' off my symptoms, but I was still suffering. Using the Flixonase has definitely improved my symptoms. It hasn't been all roses though! It has made my nose bleed! I haven't had bad nose bleeds, it just bleeds a little bit. I have had the same problem with nasal sprays in the past, but I'm prepared to put up with it because of the relief I get from my symptoms.
You only need to use the spray once a day, 2 sprays in each nostril. If symptoms improve you can reduce this to one spray. Be warned, it makes you sneeze a bit at first and feels abit strange, but bear with it because it definitely works. It relieves sneezing, itchy and runny nose, itchy watery eyes and nasal congestion and protects from pollen, pet hair, dust mites and mould spores.
The spray is not recommended for individuals under the age of 18, although a friend's sdaughter has been prescribed it and she is just 14, so maybe it is OK under the supervision of a doctor. If you are pregnant or breast feeding you should consult your doctor before use.
A bottle contains 60 sprays, so if you use 4 per day that's 15 day's supply.
When it comes to the treatment of hay fever I find that it is best to treat each area that is affected individually rather than opting for a single tablet like an anti histamine which does not work as well. When I suffer from hay fever it is mainly my eyes and also my nose that is most affected and for combating a tickly runny nose I find Flixonase Allergy Nasal Spray to be excellent.
It provides effective relief against an itchy and runny nose and the really annoying sneezing caused by hay fever. The spray has a larhge orange cap and a white nasal pump, pressing it down releases a fine spray directly up the nostril, before use I tend to give my nose a good blow, then you should shake the bottle well and do two sprays per nostril, I find that it is quick acting and will last all of he day, on a particularly heavy pollen count day I may use it again in teh early evening if I plan to be out doors.
It is a very effective product although it is not recommended for use by those under 18.
Gives relief from airborne allergy symptoms.