Avamys Nasal Spray

Buy Avamys nasal spray to help ease hay fever symptoms

Avamys is a nasal spray that helps ease the symptoms of nasal allergies like hay fever. Avamys provides relief from a runny nose, sneezing, sinus congestion and itchy or watery eyes.

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Reviewed by Virginia Chachati MPharm
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Information last reviewed 13/04/21

About

What is Avamys?

Avamys is a nasal spray which helps treat the symptoms of nasal allergies caused by hayfever, pet hair or dust mites. Avamys helps ease sinus congestion, an itchy or runny nose, sneezing and itchy or watery eyes.

How does Avamys work?

Avamys contains the active ingredient fluticasone furoate, which is a corticosteroid. Fluticasone helps reduce swelling and inflammation in your nose. It also helps ease other symptoms of an allergic response such as sneezing and a runny or blocked nose. This keeps your nasal passages and sinuses clear.

Ingredients

Active ingredients

The active ingredient in Avamys nasal spray is fluticasone furoate.

Inactive ingredients

The inactive ingredients in Avamys nasal spray are glucose anhydrous, dispersible cellulose, polysorbate 80, benzalkonium chloride, disodium edetate and purified water.

Which ingredients can cause an allergic reaction?

While this medication is used to treat symptoms of an allergic reaction, experiencing a severe allergic reaction to this medication can be possible but still regarded as rare. A severe allergic reaction will result in a rash, facial/throat swelling, itchy/scratchy throat, chest tightness and trouble breathing. It is very important to seek immediate medical attention if you notice any of these symptoms after using the medication. If you have previously had an allergic reaction to this medication, please let your doctor know and refrain from using it again.

Dosage

How to start using Avamys Nasal Spray?

You should start using Avamys before being exposed to an allergen or as soon as pollen season starts. This gives Avamys time to start working so that you’ll be protected before symptoms start occurring. To start using Avamys, shake the bottle for ten seconds before you use it. When using Avamys for the first time, take the cap off and press the button six times to release a few sprays. A typical starting dose is two sprays into each nostril once a day for patients over 12 years old. For children aged 6 to 11 years old the starting dose is one spray in each nostril once a day.

How to use Avamys Nasal Spray?

You should always use Avamys nasal spray as prescribed by your doctor. To start using Avamys, shake the bottle for ten seconds before you use it. When using Avamys for the first time, take the cap off and press the button six times to release a few sprays. After activating Avamys nasal spray, you should use it daily even if you don’t have symptoms. A typical starting dose is two sprays into each nostril once a day for patients over 12 years old. For children aged 6 to 11 years old the starting dose is one spray in each nostril once a day. If you feel your symptoms are improving or getting worse, see your doctor for advice on changing the dose or trying a different medicine.

Avamys dosage

For Avamys, a typical starting dose is two sprays into each nostril once a day for adults or children over 12 years old. For children aged 6 to 11 years old the starting dose is one spray in each nostril once a day. If your symptoms do not improve, speak to your doctor for advice. Avamys nasal spray is not routinely used in children under 6 years old.

Side Effects

Avamys side effects

Common side effects of Avamys include: 

  • Nosebleeds - this is more common if you use Avamys for more than six weeks. 
  • Irritation and discomfort inside the nose 
  • Headaches 

Uncommon side effects include:

  • Pain or burning and dryness inside the nose
  • Rare side effects include:
  • Perforation through the ridge inside the nose which separates the nostrils
  • Slowed growth in children
  • Blurred vision which is associated with long term use

Contraindications

You should NOT use Avamys nasal spray if you are allergic to fluticasone, other steroid-based medicines or any of the ingredients listed. You will need to check with your doctor if any of the following apply to you:

  • You are pregnant
  • Have had surgery on your nose recently
  • Are taking or using other steroid-based treatments
  • Have tuberculosis (TB) or an infection in your nose
  • Have ever suffered from glaucoma or cataracts

Using Avamys can cause eye problems like glaucoma or cataracts. If you ever experience blurred vision or any other eye problems while using Avamys, then speak to your doctor as soon as possible.

Drug interactions

If you are taking any other medicines, including medicines bought over the counter, then you should let your doctor know before you start using Avamys. In particular, you need to tell them if you are using: 

  • Steroid tablets, creams or injections 
  • Asthma medicine
  • HIV medicine
  • Ketoconazole for fungal infections 

Avamys with other hay fever medicines

You should check with your doctor before taking any additional medicines or herbal remedies alongside Avamys. This could include over the counter nasal sprays, creams or tablets.

Avamys during pregnancy

You should not use Avamys while you are pregnant, planning a baby or breastfeeding without speaking to your doctor first.

Treatment Options

Avamys vs other hay fever medicines

Other types of medicines used to treat hay fever include antihistamine tablets and decongestants which are available as nasal sprays, liquids or tablets. There are also eye drops that prevent the release of histamine and tablets to block excess mucous production. Steroid tablets can be prescribed for more serious allergy symptoms. Avamys is a corticosteroid nasal spray that is effective for use continuously during pollen season and can typically be used in combination with other hay fever medicines. What’s best for you will depend on the severity of your symptoms.

Alternatives to Avamys

There are other steroid nasal sprays that work in similar ways to Avamys for the relief of hay fever symptoms. These include beclometasone, fluticasone and mometasone. Your doctor will assess which type of steroid nasal spray is most suitable for you depending on your symptoms and whether or not you have an underlying condition like asthma. Rhinolast nasal spray is a steroid free nasal spray you can use or alternatively you can take antihistamine tablets such as fexofenadine.

Q&A

Can I use Avamys for allergies?

Yes, Avamys can be used to treat nasal allergies caused by hay fever, pet hairs or dust mites.

Can I use Avamys for a cold?

Avamys should not be used to relieve the symptoms of a cold. While the symptoms of a cold may be similar to hay fever or other allergic reactions, Avamys is not recommended.

Is Avamys a steroid?

Avamys is a nasal spray that contains corticosteroids. These types of steroids are not the same as anabolic steroids which are used as a performance enhancer for body builders. The corticosteroid in Avamys is fluticasone and it acts as an anti-inflammatory to help relieve the symptoms of hay fever and other nasal allergies.

Is Avamys safe?

Avamys is only available on prescription, so a doctor will assess whether or not this medicine is suitable for you. Avamys is safe to use as prescribed by your doctor. If you experience any side effects while using Avamys, let your doctor or pharmacist know as soon as possible.

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