Product Description

Avamys Nasal Spray contains a strong steroid called Fluticasone furoate that is very effective for managing inflammation caused by an allergy in the nasal passages.  It is licenced for use by adults 18 years and above suffering from allergic rhinitis (a stuffy, runny or itchy nose, sneezing and watery, itchy or red eyes).

Fluticasone furoate is not to be confused with Fluticasone propionate, known as Flixonase or Pirinase which are similar but less effective.  

Most patients who use Avamys will start to notice benefits within 8-24 hours of starting treatment, but it could take between 7-14 days of regular use to see the full anti-inflammatory effects. Whilst this steroid nasal spray may not provide immediate allergy relief, using this spray regularly can stop/reduce allergic rhinitis before it even starts!  Great for seasonal allergy sufferers.

You can even combine this medicine with allergy eye drops, and antihistamine tablets if required.

Directions

Starting Dose: TWO sprays in each nostril once daily. Shake before use.

Maintenance Dose: Once your symptoms are controlled, reduce to ONE spray daily in each nostril. Shake before use.

Important: Periodically discontinue your treatment to see if symptoms return. Many allergies are seasonal and you should take a break from Avamys when it is not required. 

 

Instructions for first use.

When using Avamys for the first time the spray needs to be primed. To do this remove the protective cap, and whilst the bottle is upright squeeze the trigger firmly at least 6 times until a fine mist of the spray is released into the air.  If you need to check how much medicine is remaining hold the nasal spray upright against a bright light to view the amount of liquid left.  

One bottle of Avamys contains 120 sprays and can last for up to 2 months once your symptoms are controlled. 

Once opened discard 2 months after first use.

Ingredients

Active Ingredient: Fluticasone furoate 27.5mcg per spray

Other Ingredients: Glucose anhydrous, dispersible cellulose, polysorbate 80, benzalkonium chloride, disodium edetate, purified water

 

This list is not exhaustive and inactive ingredients may differ between brands or batches. For further information please contact us.

Side effects

Like all medicines, Avamys can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.

Very common side effects (may affect more than 1 in 10 people)

  • Nosebleeds (generally minor), particularly if you use Avamys for more than 6 weeks continuously.

Common side effects (may affect up to 1 in 10 people)

  • Nasal ulceration – which may cause irritation or discomfort in your nose. You may also get streaks of blood when you blow your nose.
  • Headache.
  • Shortness of breath Uncommon side effects (may affect up to 1 in 100 people)
  • Pain, burning, irritation, soreness or dryness in the inside of the nose.

Very rare side effects (may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people)

  • Small holes (perforations) in the ridge inside the nose that separates the nostrils.

Not known (frequency cannot be estimated from the available data)

  • Slowing of growth in children.
  • Blurred vision or temporary changes to vision with long-term use.
  • Chest tightness causes difficulty in breathing.

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.

Warnings

This medicine should not be used:

  • If you are allergic to fluticasone furoate (a corticosteroid) or any of the other ingredients in this medicine

Taking Avamys:

  • When taken for a long time this medicine may cause children to grow more slowly.  Adults and children should always use the lowest effective dose.
  • May cause eye conditions such as glaucoma (increase in pressure in the eye) or cataracts (clouding of the lens of the eye)

Please advise our pharmacy team when placing your order if you had these conditions in the past, or if you notice blurred vision or other visual disturbances while you are taking Avamys.  Avamys is still suitable in most cases, but additional counselling from our team may be required.

Other medicines and Avamys

Please tell us if you are taking, or have recently taken, or might take any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription. It is especially important to tell your doctor if you are taking, or have recently taken any of the following medicines:

  • steroid tablets or injected steroids
  • steroid creams
  • medicines for asthma as these often contain steroids
  • ritonavir or cobicistat, used to treat HIV
  • ketoconazole, used to treat fungal infections

Our team will assess whether this medicine is suitable but the use of the above medicines is not a contraindication to using Avamys, but additional counselling might be required.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding

Do not use Avamys if you are pregnant, or planning to become pregnant unless your doctor tells you to.

Do not use Avamys if you are breastfeeding unless your doctor tells you to.

Driving and using machines

Avamys is unlikely to affect your ability to drive and use machines.

Please Note: Avamys contains benzalkonium chloride This medicine contains 8.25 micrograms of benzalkonium chloride per spray (27.5 micrograms). Benzalkonium chloride may cause irritation or swelling inside of the nose, especially if used for a long time. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you feel discomfort when using the spray.

Patient Information leaflet

To view or download this medicine patient information leaflet (PIL) please Click Here

 

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