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Avamys Nasal Spray Summary
|Type of medicine||Glucocorticoids (corticosteroid)|
|Works by||Suppress immune response to reduce inflammation|
|Active ingredient||Fluticasone furoate|
|Effective within||From 8 hours (7 - 10 days for full effect)|
|Pack size||120 dose sprays|
|Recommended dosage||2 sprays in each nostril once a day|
|Common side effects||Nosebleeds, nose ulcers, headaches, nasal irritation.|
|Use with alcohol||No known issues|
What is Avamys and what is it used for?
Avamys nasal spray contains the active ingredient fluticasone furoate, which belongs to a group of medicines called glucocorticoids. Avamys helps decrease inflammation in the nasal passages caused by allergies, most commonly hayfever, animals and house dust. This spray effectively reduces symptoms of allergies including congestion, sneezing, runny and itching nose as well as watery, itchy and red eyes.
Avamys is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline. Each bottle contains approximately 120 sprays and can be used by adults and children aged 6 years and over.
How does Avamys work?
When you suffer an allergic reaction in your nose (particularly through hay fever), your airways can close up through inflammation and the production of mucus. Avamys nasal spray contains the active ingredient of fluticasone furoate, a corticosteroid with powerful anti-inflammatory properties, and will work quickly to bring down the swelling.
As the swelling goes down, most of the other allergy symptoms will also be reduced, including itchiness, sneezing, and a running nose. And since it addresses the symptoms, the spray is effective against all nasal allergies at any time of year.
Nasal spray alternatives
If you don’t want to use a nasal spray, you can still take action against allergy symptoms. Here are some things you can try:
- Wear wraparound sunglasses to keep irritants from reaching your eyes.
- Keep windows closed on days with a high pollen count.
- Shower regularly to get rid of pollen grains trapped in your hair and or skin.
You can also head to our Hay Fever section to browse over-the-counter (OTC) products such as antihistamine tablets, non-steroid nasal sprays or eye drops — if you haven’t tried an OTC treatment, you should do so before seeking a prescription for something like Avamys.
When you get a consultation to seek a prescription for Avamys, you must inform the doctor or pharmacist of the following:
- Any other medications you are taking.
- Any cataracts or bouts of glaucoma you have previously suffered.
Benzalkonium chloride, one of the inactive ingredients of this nasal spray, may irritate the nasal passages. If you notice any change in your vision while using Avamys, inform your doctor immediately.
Avamys and other medicines
If you are taking any of the following medicines, it may not be advisable to use Avamys:
- Any protease inhibitor (such as ritonavir).
- Any other corticosteroid medicines.
- Certain treatments for fungal infections (such as ketoconazole).
Before using Avamys nasal spray please ensure you have read the Patient Information Leaflet thoroughly.
How to use Avamys Nasal Spray
The standard dosage for Avamys is 2 sprays in each nostril once per day, reducing to 1 spray in each nostril daily when your symptoms are controlled.
- Blow your nose gently (if comfortable) to remove as much mucus as possible, then shake the bottle well.
- Tilt your head slightly forward, place the nozzle inside one of your nostrils (aiming it away from the middle of your nose).
- Squeeze firmly while breathing in through your nose — then repeat the process for your other nostril.
Note: if you have difficulty breathing through the appropriate nostril, you can use a finger to hold the other one closed while you use the spray.
The spray should begin to reduce your symptoms within 8 hours and reach its full effect once you’ve been using it for a few days.
Avamys contains the following active ingredient: 27.5 micrograms of Fluticasone furoate.
The following inactive ingredients make up the complete product: Glucose anhydrous, dispersible cellulose, polysorbate 80, benzalkonium chloride, disodium edetate, purified water.
Avamys side effects
Side effects from using Avamys aren’t very common, but they do happen. They can include:
- Nose ulcers.
- Nasal irritation.
For more information read our Avamys side effects page.
If these side effects concern you, or you suffer some other adverse reaction to using the product, stop the treatment and discuss the matter with your doctor.
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Avamys Nasal Spray FAQs
Because Avamys is a prescription-only rhinitis treatment, we will supply a maximum of 3 nasal sprays (3 months) per order. This allows us to maintain a good balance between adequately supplying our patients and protecting them from overuse or stockpiling. This is similar to most GP surgeries.
Yes, it’s perfectly safe (and very common) to use both types of treatment simultaneously. It isn’t safe to use multiple steroid nasal sprays at the same time, though.
In this context, no. Because the spray is applied directly to the area it is treating (the nasal passages), it requires only a very small dose of the active ingredient, meaning it’s extremely unlikely to cause any serious side effects or reach other areas of the body.
In very rare cases, using Avamys can result in elevated blood pressure, though it’s so infrequent that there’s no reason to be concerned. That said, in the unlikely event that you experience symptoms of high blood pressure, such as headaches, nausea, or vision problems, be sure to consult your doctor immediately.
Post-nasal drip is an accumulation of mucus in the back of the nose and throat, and it’s one of the most common attributes of allergic rhinitis. Steroid nasal sprays are often a first-line treatment, being both anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic.
Avamys and Flixonase both contain the same active ingredient: fluticasone. Because of this, they’re very similar, although some reports suggest that Avamys generally works faster. In addition, Avamys contains fluticasone furoate, whereas Flixonase contains fluticasone propionate — because the former has a longer-lasting effect, it can be used effectively with just one daily application.
No, unfortunately not. We don’t even fully understand why particular people develop allergies, although it does seem to run in families. Of course, while allergic rhinitis and sinusitis cannot be cured, the symptoms can be effectively relieved, or even prevented entirely through successfully avoiding pollen, animal fur, and dust mites.