What is Avamys?
Avamys nasal spray is used to treat symptoms of the allergic reaction rhinitis. This is characterised by cold-like symptoms including a runny, stuffy, or itchy nose, watery, red, itchy eyes, and sneezing.
Depending on what causes your allergic reaction, you may experience symptoms all year round or just at certain times of year. Seasonal allergens include grass or tree pollen. Other common allergens that cause symptoms all year round include animals, mould and dust mites.
How does Avamys work?
Avamys spray contains the active ingredient fluticasone furoate. Fluticasone furoate is in a group of medicines called glucocorticoids. It works to reduce the inflammation caused by allergic rhinitis and therefore reduce allergy symptoms.
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.
You should also tell your doctor if you are using steroid creams/tablets/injections, asthma medications, ritonavir or cobicistat for HIV or ketoconazole for fungal infections before taking Avamys.
Avamys contains benzalkonium chloride, which can cause irritation in the inside of the nose for some people.
How do you take Avamys?
Always take Avamys as directed by your doctor or pharmacist and don’t exceed the recommended dose.
Use Avamys once a day at the same time each day. Use the spray as directed in the patient information leaflet. The usual starting dose for adults is 2 sprays in each nostril, although you may be able to decrease this to one spray in each nostril every day when your symptoms are better controlled.
Be careful not to get Avamys in your eyes. If you have any discomfort inside your nose when you use Avamys, tell your doctor or nurse.
How effective is Avamys?
Avamys is a clinically proven nasal spray to treat mild allergic reactions such as rhinitis. Some people may not feel the effects of Avamys for several days after their first time of using it. Usually, it is effective between 8 and 24 hours of it first being used.
What are the main side effects of Avamys?
Like all medicines, Avamys can cause side effects, although not everyone will experience them.
Three common side effects of Avamys are:
- Nasal ulceration
For a full list of Avamys side effects, please see the patient information leaflet.