Avamys Nasal Spray
- Reduces allergy symptoms
- 120 sprays per bottle
- Used to treat Hay Fever and other Allergies
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What is Avamys Nasal Spray?
Avamys is a nasal spray which belongs to a group of medicines known as corticosteroids. Corticosteroids help to reduce inflammation in the body caused by a number of conditions.
It is a treatment for the symptoms of allergic rhinitis, such as:
- stuffy, runny or itchy nose,
- watery eyes
- itchy throat
- itchy eyes
Avamys is suitable for adults and children who are over the age of 6 years old, but it requires a prescription to buy.
You should use this spray once or twice a day for swift and effective relief from your symptoms.
What is Avamys used to treat?
Avamys nasal spray works to relieve the symptoms of allergic rhinitis, which can include watery, itchy or red eyes, sneezing, or a stuffy, itchy or runny nose.
You can suffer from allergy symptoms at any time of year. They can be caused by a number of factors including animal fur, pollen from grass and trees and household dust or mites. This results in allergic rhinitis (nasal swelling from your allergies).
Avamys nasal spray contains the active ingredient fluticasone furoate, which is a corticosteroid that works very effectively as an anti-inflammatory. It reduces the swelling that comes with allergic reactions in the nose, especially hay fever.
How does Avamys work?
Fluticasone furoate is a corticosteroid medicine, it reduces inflammation caused by allergens in your body.
When you suffer from hay fever, your nasal passage can become inflamed and close up. Furthermore, you may also experience an increased production of mucus, making it harder to breathe properly. Corticosteroids work to relieve inflammation, so when you use this nasal spray, the medicine will reduce swelling of the nasal passage.
By reducing the swelling, you should find that other symptoms, such as sneezing and a runny nose, should also improve.
How to use Avamys nasal spray
The usual dose for adults and children over 12 is two sprays in each nostril once a day. This can be reduced to one spray in each nostril once your symptoms are under control. Do not exceed the recommended dose.
For children aged 6 to 11, the usual dose is one spray in each nostril once a day.
Read the patient information leaflet for comprehensive instructions.
- Blow your nose gently to remove as much mucus as possible.
- Shake the bottle well.
- Tilt your head forward slightly and place the nozzle inside one of your nostrils.
- Aiming away from the middle of your nostril, squeeze firmly while breathing in through your nose.
- Repeat this process with your other nostril.
How long does it take to work?
The nasal spray should start to reduce your symptoms within 8 hours of using it. It should have taken full effect after you have been using it for a few days.
If your symptoms do not improve after this time, please speak to your doctor or pharmacy.
Who can use Avamys nasal spray?
Avamys nasal spray is not suitable for everyone to use.
Do not use Avamys nasal spray if you are allergic to fluticasone furoate or any of the other ingredients contained in this product (please refer to the Ingredients tab for full details).
This product is not suitable for children who are under 6 years of age.
Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines or if you have ever suffered with glaucoma or cataracts.
This information is not exhaustive. You should always read the patient information leaflet, which will come with your medicine, for a complete list of warnings.
Common Avamys Nasal Spray side effects
Like all medicines, Avamys nasal spray comes with the risk of certain side effects, although not everyone who uses it will get them.
A very common side effect of using Avamys nasal spray is nosebleeds, particularly if you have been using Avamys continuously for longer than 6 weeks.
Other common side effects include:
- Shortness of breath
- Nasal ulceration, which may cause discomfort or irritation in your nasal passages. You may also have streaks of blood when you blow your nose.
Uncommon adverse effects may include pain, irritation, soreness or dryness of your nasal passages.
Please note, these lists are not exhaustive. Please refer to the Side Effects tab for a list of rarer and more serious reactions you may get.
Always read the patient information leaflet for comprehensive details on side effects.
Can you buy Avamys nasal spray over the counter?
You cannot buy Avamys over the counter. It is only available on prescription.
Can you buy Avamys nasal spray online in the UK?
Yes, you are able to buy Avamys online from Medicine Direct. However, to ensure this medication is right for you, you will need to fill out our online consultation questionnaire. This confidential questionnaire will be reviewed by one of our certified prescribers, who will assess the condition and determine whether this is a suitable medicine for you to use.
Next day delivery is available on orders placed by 2pm.
Medicine Direct is a fully regulated UK pharmacy. You should never buy medicine online from anywhere other than regulated pharmacies. This ensures you are ordering approved, genuine and safe medication.
Avamys nasal spray alternatives
While there is no cure for allergic rhinitis, there are many medicines for controlling the symptoms.
Antihistamines such as Loratadine or Levocetirizine can also be ordered from our online pharmacy after an online consultation. These medicines work to stop the production of a chemical called histamine, which triggers allergy symptoms to flare up. There are many different antihistamine medicines available from Medicine Direct. They also come in the form of tablets, liquids or nasal sprays.
Corticosteroid nasal sprays like Flixonase or Beclometasone can be used to relieve inflammation in the nose, which is often a symptom of allergic rhinitis. These nasal sprays make it easier to breathe by reducing inflammation and mucus production.
You can also help to prevent a flare-up of symptoms by:
- Closing windows and doors on days with a high pollen count
- Showering when you come home to rinse out any pollen particles you may have picked up
- Using a pollen filter in your car
- Wearing wrap-around sunglasses to stop pollen from irritating your eyes
Avamys Nasal Spray Dosage and Directions
Our pharmacists and prescribers follow NICE guidelines when prescribing Avamys nasal spray.
Always use Avamys spray exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist. Read the patient information leaflet thoroughly for comprehensive information, and speak to your doctor or pharmacy for more information if you are still unsure of how to use it.
Use this product at the same time each day.
Do not exceed the recommended dose.
Avamys nasal sprays have almost no taste or smell whatsoever. It sprays into the nose as a fine mist.
Do not get the spray into your eyes. If you do get it in your eyes, rinse them immediately with water.
Adults and children aged 12 and over:
- The normal starting dose is two sprays in each nostril once a day.
- Once your symptoms are under control, this may be reduced to one spray in each nostril once a day.
Children aged 6 to 11 years old:
- The normal starting dose is one spray in each nostril once a day.
- If the symptoms are severe, a doctor may increase this to two sprays in each nostril once a day. Once the symptoms are under control, this dose may be lowered again.
What if I use more than I am supposed to?
Speak to your doctor or pharmacist for advice if you use more of this medicine than you were instructed to.
What if I forget to use it?
If you forget a dose of this medicine, just take it as soon as you remember, unless it is almost time for your next scheduled dose.
If it is almost time for your next dose, just skip the dose you missed and continue to take this medicine as usual.
Never take a double dose of medicine to try and make up for missing a previous one.
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Avamys Nasal Spray Side Effects
Very rare side effects of this medicine may affect up to 1 in every 10,000 people who use it and include:
- Small holes in the ridge inside your nose
Below is a list of side effects with unknown frequencies:
- Slowing of growth in children
- Blurred vision or temporary vision changes
- Chest tightness, causing breathing difficulties
Serious allergic reaction
In rare cases, it is possible that you may suffer a serious allergic reaction to Avamys spray.
You must either dial 999 or go to A&E straight away if you have any of the following symptoms:
- You are wheezing
- You have swelling in your face, throat, mouth, lips or tongue
- You develop a skin rash that may have red, itchy, swollen, blistered or peeling skin
- You are finding it difficult to breathe or speak
- You have tightness in your chest or throat
- You suddenly feel weak or lightheaded
You may require immediate treatment in hospital.
Always read the patient information leaflet for full information on side effects. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to speak to your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Warnings and drug interactions
Before you use Avamys spray, inform your doctor or pharmacy if you are currently taking (or have recently taken) any other form of medicine. This includes both prescription and non-prescription medication, herbal remedies, vitamins and supplements as some medicines can interact with Avamys nasal spray.
In particular, it is very important that you inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any of the following:
- The HIV treatments ritonavir or cobicistat
- Any steroid creams
- Any steroid tablets or injected steroids
- Ketoconazole, used to treat fungal infections
- Any medicines to treat asthma
Your doctor will assess whether it is suitable for you to use this nasal spray alongside any of the above medicines. Your doctor may choose to monitor you more closely than usual if you are using Avamys alongside any of these medicines, as this may increase your risk of side effects.
Avamys contains benzalkonium chloride, which may cause irritation of the nasal passages, particularly if you use Avamys for a long period of time. If you feel any discomfort while using nasal sprays, you should inform your doctor or pharmacist.
Children under the age of 6 should not use Avamys.
When taken for a long time, Avamys may cause children to grow more slowly than usual. Your doctor will prescribe the lowest possible dose for your child; they will also check your child's height at regular intervals.
Avamys may also cause eye conditions, such as glaucoma or cataracts. Speak to your doctor before using Avamys if you have had either of these conditions in the past, or if you start to experience blurred vision or other visual problems while taking Avamys.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Inhaled corticosteroids are unlikely to harm an unborn baby when taken exactly as prescribed. However we recommend notifying your doctor or pharmacist if you are pregnant, trying to get pregnant or are currently breastfeeding.
We recommend BUMPS for additional information.
The main active ingredient within this medicine is: Fluticasone furoate
For a full list of the inactive ingredients, please read the Summary of Product Characteristics
Updated on: 29/07/2021
This content has been written by our Superintendent Pharmacist Hussain Abdeh and has been medically reviewed by our Pharmacist Sonia Khan
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