Avamys is a nasal spray which treats the symptoms of hayfever and other nasal allergies such as pet hair or dust mites. It eases a blocked, itchy or runny nose, sneezing, discomfort in the sinuses and itchy, watery eyes.
Avamys contains fluticasone furoate, a synthetic version of the hormones produced by the adrenal glands located just above the kidneys. These hormones combat inflammation and response to allergies. Fluticasone is a type of steroid which reduces swelling and inflammation in the nostrils. They also work to ease other symptoms of an allergic response such as sneezing and a runny or blocked nose, clearing the nasal passages.
It’s best to start using Avamys 3-4 days before pollen season, or being exposed to an allergen. This gives it time to start working so that you’ll be protected against symptoms before they occur. Shake the bottle for ten seconds before you use it. This gets the spray into liquid form ready for use. For first time use, after you’ve shaken the bottle, take the cap off and press the button six times until it releases a fine mist into the air. When you’re ready, spray twice into each nostril once a day, reducing to one spray as your symptoms improve. Children aged 6-11 should use one spray only.
You should always use Avamys as instructed by your doctor. To activate the nasal spray, shake the canister for ten seconds before taking the cap off and pressing the release button down at least six times until a fine mist is let out into the air. For adults and children over 12, the standard dose is two sprays into each nostril, once a day. If you’re taking it for hay fever, you would normally begin the medication at least four days before pollen season as it takes a few days to start working.
For adults, you will usually be prescribed two sprays in each nostril once a day. Children under 12 will start off at the minimum dose of one spray in each nostril. Your dosage may be increased if your symptoms do not improve as you’ll always start out with the minimum dose.
Common side effects of Avamys include:
Uncommon side effects include:
Rare side effects include:
Avamys shouldn’t be taken if you are allergic to fluticasone or other steroids and should be used with caution during pregnancy. You will need to consult your doctor if any of the following apply to you:
Taking Avamys can cause eye problems like glaucoma or cataracts. If you ever experience blurred vision, or other eye related trouble while taking the medicine, then report this to your doctor as soon as possible.
If you are taking any other medicines, including over the counter remedies, then you should inform your doctor before you start taking Avamys. In particular, you need to tell them if you are taking:
It’s advised that you check with your doctor before taking any additional medications, including herbal remedies, alongside Avamys. In most cases, taking antihistamine tablets or painkillers is not a problem but you should be careful with other medicines containing steroids. This could include over the counter nasal sprays or creams.
Using a steroid nasal spray like Avamys is usually safe during pregnancy but you should ask your doctor for advice first to ensure that you are taking a suitable dose. It’s not advised to take Avamys while you are pregnant unless your doctor or pharmacist has confirmed that it’s okay to do so.
Other types of medications used to treat hay fever include antihistamine tablets and decongestant medications which may come in the form of a nasal spray, liquid or tablet. There are also eye drops which prevent the release of histamine, and tablets to block excess mucus production caused by an allergy- these are called Leukotriene modifiers. Steroid tablets may be given for more serious allergy symptoms, or an allergy shot if medications do not work for you. What’s best for you will depend on the severity of your symptoms but you’ll usually start off with a prescription for Avamys or similar.
There are other nasal sprays which work in similar ways. These are: beclometasone, budesonide, flunisolide, mometasone and triamcinolone. You doctor will assess which type of steroid nasal spray is most suitable for you depending on your allergy and whether or not you have an underlying condition like asthma. Some other nasal sprays are taken twice a day but otherwise, they are used in the same way as Avamys.
Yes, Avamys is designed to be used for symptoms caused by a nasal allergy. This could be hay fever, dust mites or pet hair; anything that triggers an allergic reaction by breathing it in.
Avamys shouldn’t be used to relieve the symptoms of a cold. While the symptoms may be similar to hay fever or other allergic reactions, Avamys is a steroid medicine which treats inflammation caused by coming into contact with an allergen, and does not treat the common cold virus.
Avamys is a nasal spray which contains steroids. These types of steroids are not the same as anabolic steroids which are used as a performance enhancer for body builders. The type of steroid, otherwise known as corticosteroids, contained in Avamys is an anti-inflammatory.
Avamys is safe to use provided you always follow the instructions given by your doctor or pharmacist and take care to use the nasal spray correctly. It is only available on prescription, so a doctor will assess whether or not this medicine is suitable for you.
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