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What Is Flunisolide Nasal Solution?

By Jacquelyn Gilchrist
Updated May 17, 2024
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Flunisolide nasal solution is a medication prescribed to alleviate symptoms of allergies. It is a corticosteroid drug, which means that it works to diminish allergy symptoms by reducing inflammation. This medicine is applied via an aerosol spray into the nose, and patients may use it to relieve sneezing, a runny or stuffy nose, and itchy eyes.

This allergy medication may be used for those who have seasonal allergies, as well as those who experience symptoms year-round. Several days of treatment may be required before patients notice an improvement in their symptoms. Most patients will be prescribed one to two sprays in each nostril, no more than two to three times daily.

Before using a new canister of flunisolide nasal solution, the patient should prime it by pressing the spray pump about five times, or until it emits a fine spray. To receive a dose, the patient should tilt his head forward slightly and close one nostril with a finger. The applicator tip should be inserted into the open nostril and the pump should be depressed firmly. While receiving the medicine, the patient should breathe in through his nose gently and keep his mouth closed.

Following a dose, the patient should tilt his head back for a few seconds and breathe normally. He may then administer the second dose into his other nostril. Patients should avoid blowing their nose for 15 minutes following each dose and the applicator tip should be wiped clean and recapped after each use.

Some side effects may occur with the use of flunisolide nasal solution, which should be reported to the doctor if they become severe. Patients have reported a hoarse voice, a sore throat, and coughing. A person's sense of smell may change, and he or she may also experience an odd taste in the mouth following a dose. Minor nosebleeds, dry nose, and a stinging sensation in the nose may also occur.

More serious side effects require immediate medical attention. Flunisolide nasal solution may rarely cause sores in the nose that do not go away, as well as a severe nosebleed. Some patients have also reported excessive fatigue, weakness, and loss of appetite, along with weight loss.

Before using flunisolide nasal solution, patients should disclose all of their other medical conditions, medications, and supplements to avoid a potential interaction. As of 2011, it is unknown whether this allergy medication may harm a fetus or a nursing infant. Patients who have asthma, tuberculosis, or any other infections may be unable to use this drug. Flunisolide nasal solution may interact with other drugs, including other corticosteroids.

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