Avamys (fluticasone furoate) belongs to a group of medicines called glucocorticoids.
Avamys works to decrease inflammation caused by allergy (rhinitis) and therefore reduce symptoms of allergy. It can effectively clear the nasal airways and reduce inflammation caused by allergies such as Hayfever.
Avamys nasal spray is used to treat symptoms of allergic rhinitis including stuffy, runny or itchy nose, sneezing and watery, itchy or red eyes, in adults and children aged 6 years and over. Allergy symptoms can occur at specific times of the year and be caused by allergy to pollen from grass or trees (hayfever), or they can occur all year round and be caused by allergy to animals, house-dust mites or moulds to name some of the most common.
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How does Avamys work?
Avamys spray contains the active ingredient fluticasone furoate. Fluticasone furoate is in a group of medicines called glucocorticoids with highly potent anti-inflammatory properties. It works to reduce the inflammation and swelling in the nasal airways caused by allergic rhinitis. Therefore reduce allergy symptoms, such as sneezing, a runny nose, itchiness and itchy, or watery eyes.
This medication may may begin to take effect, 8 to 24 hours after the first dose, but it can take several days to feel the full benefits.
Do not use Avamys if:
- You’re allergic to fluticasone furoate or any of the other ingredients in this medication
- You’re pregnant or breastfeeding
Avamys may cause eye conditions such as glaucoma and cataracts, so talk to your doctor if you have experienced any eye conditions before or if you experience blurred vision when taking Avamys.
Avamys contains benzalkonium chloride, which can cause irritation in the inside of the nose for some people.
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When to use Avamys
When to use Avamys
• Use once a day
• Use at the same time each day.
This will treat your symptoms throughout the day and night.
Adults and children 12 years and over
• The usual starting dose is 2 sprays in each nostril once every day.
• Once symptoms are controlled you may be able to decrease your dose to 1 spray in each nostril,
once every day.
Hay fever is usually worse between late March and September, especially when it’s warm, humid and windy. This is when the pollen count is at its highest (pollen forecast).
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Symptoms of hay fever include:
sneezing and coughing
a runny or blocked nose
itchy, red or watery eyes
itchy throat, mouth, nose and ears
loss of smell
pain around your temples and forehead
If you have asthma, you might also:
have a tight feeling in your chest
be short of breath
wheeze and cough
Hay fever will last for weeks or months, unlike a cold, which usually goes away after 1 to 2 weeks.
How to treat hay fever yourself
There’s currently no cure for hay fever and you can’t prevent it. But you can do things to ease your symptoms when the pollen count is high.
put Vaseline around your nostrils to trap pollen
wear wraparound sunglasses to stop pollen getting into your eyes
shower and change your clothes after you’ve been outside to wash pollen off
stay indoors whenever possible
keep windows and doors shut as much as possible
vacuum regularly and dust with a damp cloth
buy a pollen filter for the air vents in your car and a vacuum cleaner with a special HEPA filter
cut grass or walk on grass
spend too much time outside
keep fresh flowers in the house
smoke or be around smoke – it makes your symptoms worse
dry clothes outside – they can catch pollen
let pets into the house if possible – they can carry pollen indoors
The side effects listed below are not experienced by everyone who takes this medication. If you are concerned about side effects, discuss the risks and benefits of this medication with your doctor.
The following side effects have been reported by at least 1% of people using this medication. Many of these side effects can be managed, and some may go away on their own over time.
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
– nose irritation or pain
– 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
– sores or 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 odour)
– 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)
Some people may experience side effects other than those listed. Check with your doctor if you notice any symptom that worries you while you are taking this medication.