How long Avamys takes to work
Some people will not feel the full effects until several days after first using Avamys. However, it is usually effective within 8 to 24 hours of use.
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. Avamys belongs to a group of medicines called glucocorticoids.
Avamys works to decrease inflammation caused by allergy (rhinitis).
Avamys is used to treat allergicrhinitis. It belongs to a class of medicines called steroids which are used to treat inflammatory and allergic conditions. Avamys works by reducing the inflammation in the nasal passages. This helps to relieve or prevent symptoms of rhinitis.
You need to use Avamys every day in order to get the best results from it. It is a good idea to have it at the same time every day. Try to make having it at a regular time part of your daily routine. You will have to keep using Avamys throughout the duration of exposure to the allergen that causes your rhinitis.
What Avamys contains
The active substance is fluticasone furoate. Each spray delivers
27.5 micrograms of fluticasone furoate. The other ingredients are glucose anhydrous, dispersible cellulose, polysorbate 80, benzalkonium chloride, disodium edetate, purified water.
- benzalkonium chloride
- disodium edetate
- dispersible cellulose
- fluticasone furoate
- glucose anhydrous
- polysorbate 80
- purified water
- shake well before every use
- before using this medicine for the first time, shake the device well and while holding it upright pump the spray at least six times until you get a uniform spray
- if you do not use your device for more than 30 days or if you leave the cap off for more than five days, you must start off by pumping it six times to get a uniform spray before using it again
- clean the device after each use and replace the cap
Tilt your head forward a little bit. ???? Hold the nasal spray upright and
carefully place the nozzle in one of
your nostrils – see picture c.
Point the end of the nozzle toward
the outside of your nose, away from the centre ridge of your nose. This helps to get the medicine to the right part of your nose.
As you breathe in through your nose, firmly press the button once to spray the medicine into your nose – see picture d.
Be careful not to get any spray into your eyes. If you do, rinse your eyes with water.
Take the nozzle out and breathe out through your mouth.
Repeat steps 1 to 5 for your other nostril.
If your doctor has told you to use 2 sprays per nostril, repeat all the 6 steps above.
Cleaning your nasal spray
After each use, wipe the nozzle and the inside of the cap – see pictures e and f.
Don’t use water to do this, wipe with a clean, dry tissue.
If the spray becomes blocked, do not try and unblock the nozzle with a pin or sharp object as this will damage the spray mechanism:
§ Return it to your pharmacist.
Always replace the cap once you have
finished to keep out dust.
If you use more Avamys than you should
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
If you forget to use Avamys
• If you miss a dose take it when you remember.
If it is nearly the time for your next dose, wait until then. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
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.
If you forget to use Avamys
• If you miss a dose, take it when you remember.
• If it is nearly the time for your next dose, wait until then. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
Very little of the active ingredients of nasal sprays are absorbed into the body and as a result systemic side effects are minimal. There may be localised soreness and dry skin inside the nose and possibly taste disturbance.
Manufacturers recommended avoiding use of these sprays in pregnancy and whilst breast-feeding and where there is known allergy or sensitivity to the ingredients.
Like all medicines, Avamys can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. Possible side effects are listed below:
Very common side effects
(These can affect more than 1 person in 10)
• Nosebleeds (generally minor),
particularly if you use Avamys for more than 6 weeks continuously.
Common side effects
(These can affect less than 1 person in 10 and more than 1 person in 100)
• Irritation or discomfort in the inside
of the nose – you may also get streaks of blood when you blow your nose. This may be due to nasal ulceration.
Nasal corticosteroids can affect the normal production of hormones in your body, particularly if you use high doses for a long time. In children this side effect can cause them to grow more slowly than others.
If you get side effects
If any of the side effects gets serious or troublesome, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet:
§ Tell your doctor or pharmacist.
A medicine is only made available to the public if the clinical trials have shown that the benefits of taking the medicine outweigh the risks.
Once a medicine has been licensed, information on the medicine's effects, both intended and unintended, is continuously recorded and updated.
Some side-effects may be serious while others may only be a mild inconvenience.
Everyone's reaction to a medicine is different. It is difficult to predict which side-effects you will have from taking a particular medicine, or whether you will have any side-effects at all. The important thing is to tell your prescriber or pharmacist if you are having problems with your medicine.
Very common: More than 1 in 10 people who use Avamys
- nose bleed
Common: More than 1 in 100 people who use Avamys
- ulcers in the nose
Uncommon: More than 1 in 1000 people who use Avamys
- dryness in the nose
- nasal pain and discomfort such as irritation, soreness or burning sensation in the nose
Rare: More than 1 in 10,000 people who use Avamys
- hypersensitivity reactions including anaphylaxis, angioedema, rash, and urticaria
In the case of Avamys:
- do not store this medicine in a fridge or a freezer
- you must dispose of this medicine two months after opening it. It is a good idea to make a note of the date when you opened it
- store this medicine upright
- always keep the cap on
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