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Avamys Nasal Spray
What is Avamys?
Avamys nasal spray is an anti-allergy medication, used to treat allergic rhinitis. It belongs to a group of medications called glucocorticoids. Allergic rhinitis is a condition whereby the nasal passages and sinuses become inflamed after exposure to an allergen, such as pollen, dust or flakes of skin for animals. Seasonal allergic rhinitis is very common and is also known as hayfever. Avamys can help relieve these symptoms.
Avamys is prescription only medication. You must have a valid prescription before you buy it. However, it is possible for us to prescribe Avamys to you following a brief online consultation. Contact us to find out more.
The active ingredient in Avamys is fluticasone furoate. For more information on Avamys, read the patient information leaflet or consult your doctor.
How it works
Avamys nasal spray contains the active ingredient fluticasone furoate, which is a glucocorticoid. This is a type of steroid, and will help stop swelling and inflammation, reducing the symptoms of allergic rhinitis. It also stops the cells in the nasal passages from releasing chemicals that may cause an allergic reaction.
Avamys nasal spray should start working within 8 - 24 hours after the first dose. However, it can take several days before it reaches its full effect.
Before you take it
It’s important not to use Avamys if you are allergic to the active ingredient fluticasone furoate, or any of the other active ingredients in this medication. You should speak with your doctor to determine an appropriate alternative medication to treat your condition. Do not use it in conjunction with any other steroid nasal spray.
Nasal sprays such as Avamys can cause increased pressure in the eye (glaucoma), or clouding of the lens of the eye (cataracts). If you have experienced these conditions before, you must speak with your doctor before you use Avamys, as it may be unsuitable for you.
Avamys may cause children to grow more slowly. Your doctor will regularly monitor your child’s height and will ensure they are using the lowest possible dose to treat their condition. Please note that we do not prescribe any medication to anyone under the age of 18.
If you have an infection in the nasal passages, you should ensure you seek treatment for this first before you use Avamys. Ask your doctor whether it is safe to use Avamys alongside any treatment for your nasal infection.
If you have recently undergone surgery on your nose, you should speak to your doctor to ascertain whether Avamys is suitable for you to use.
The safety of Avamys during pregnancy has not been fully established. Minimal amounts of the medicine pass into the bloodstream after using it. However, using Avamys during pregnancy should be discussed with your doctor, and you should only use it if your doctor feels that the benefits of using it outweigh the risks.
It is unlikely that Avamys will pass into breast milk after using it in the nose. However, it should still be used with caution by breastfeeding mothers. If you are unsure about using it while breastfeeding, consult your doctor.
Avamys is unlikely to affect your ability to drive or operate machinery. However, you should avoid any activity that requires acute concentration until you are fully aware of how this medicine affects you.
Avamys may cause drug interactions with other medications. You should tell your doctor if you wish to use Avamys alongside any of the following:
- Any steroid tablets, steroid injections or steroid creams
- Any medicine to treat asthma
- Ritonavir or Cobicistat, used to treat HIV
- Ketoconazole, used to treat fungal infections
This is not an exhaustive list of warnings and interactions. For a full list, read the patient information leaflet or speak to your doctor.
You should always use Avamys exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Never exceed the stated dose. If you are in any way unsure of how to use Avamys, you should speak with your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
The typical recommended dosage of Avamys is two sprays into each nostril once per day. Once your symptoms are controlled, your doctor may recommend that you reduce your dose to one spray into each nostril. Do not administer more than you have been told to by your doctor.
Avamys should be taken at the same time each day.
Be careful not to get any of the spray in your mouth or your eyes. If you experience any discomfort while using this medication, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store Avamys in a cool, dry place, free from heat or moisture. Do not refrigerate. Keep it out of the reach of children and pets.
Common Side Effects of Avamys
Like all medications, Avamys may cause unwanted side effects. These are usually mild to moderate in nature, and should go away on their own as your body becomes used to the medication. However, if these side effects persist, or they concern you, you may wish to visit your doctor for advice. Side effects may include:
- Minor nosebleeds
- Ulceration of the nose
Avamys can also cause more serious side effects. These are rare, but if you experience them you should ask your doctor for advice as Avamys may be unsuitable for you to use. They may include:
- Pain, irritation, discomfort or burning in the nose
- Dryness in the nose
- Perforations in the ridge inside the nose that separates the nostrils
Avamys also has the potential to cause a serious allergic reaction in some patients. This is extremely rare, but an allergic reaction is an emergency. If you believe you are experiencing one, you must immediately seek medical advice. Symptoms can include:
- Wheezing or difficulty breathing
- Tightness in the chest or throat
- Swelling of the lips, tongue, mouth or throat
- Hives or nettle rash
- Skin rash, including blistering, peeling, redness or irritation
This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. For a full list, read the patient information leaflet or consult your doctor for advice.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Is Avamys suitable for children?
Avamys can be used by children six years of age and over. However, we do not prescribe any medication to anyone under the age of 18.
I’m pregnant. Can I take Avamys?
Avamys should not cause problems during pregnancy. However, you should speak to your doctor before using it to ascertain whether it is suitable for you to use. You should only use it if your doctor believes the benefits of using it outweigh the risks.
What happens if I miss a dose?
If you forget to use Avamys at your scheduled time, use it as soon as you remember. If it is nearly time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and then use it at your next scheduled time. Never double up to make up for a missed dose.
What happens if I take too much?
Accidentally using too much Avamys is unlikely to be harmful. However, you may wish to visit your doctor to discuss if you are concerned. You should go to your doctor if you realise you have been using too much Avamys over an extended period of time. If you or a child accidentally drinks Avamys, go to your nearest hospital casualty department immediately.
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