Avamys Nasal Spray
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Avamys nasal spray is a corticosteroid medicine for the treatment of hay fever or allergic rhinitis. Avamys nasal spray has fluticasone furoate as its active ingredient.
- Nasal spray to relieve blocked or runny nose
- Effective treatment for hay fever
- Works in as little as 8 hours
What Is Avamys Nasal Spray?
The product is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline – it is the branded version of the generic fluticasone furoate. Avamys nasal spray’s active ingredient is fluticasone furoate, a corticosteroid.
What Does Avamys Nasal Spray Do?
Avamys nasal spray is mainly used to treat mild to moderate hay fever, but it also treats other types of seasonal and year-round allergies (allergic rhinitis). Allergic rhinitis refers to common allergies characterised by inflammation in the nose. It can be caused by allergens like pollen, mould, dust, animal hair and animal skin.
Allergic rhinitis symptoms that can be relieved by using Avamys nasal spray include:
- A runny or itchy nose
- Red, itchy, or watery eyes
How Does Avamys Nasal Spray Work?
Fluticasone furoate, the active ingredient in Avamys nasal spray, is a medicine in the corticosteroid (steroid) group. Steroids are a synthetic version of the natural hormones that are produced by the adrenal glands (located next to the kidneys). Fluticasone furoate works by decreasing the inflammation caused by allergic rhinitis. When administered in the nasal passage, fluticasone is absorbed in the nasal cells, preventing the release of chemicals that will trigger an allergic response to irritants such as pollen. This treats the symptoms of allergic rhinitis, clearing mucus and reducing swelling in the nose.
Dymista vs Avamys
Dymista is another nasal spray that is used to relieve allergy symptoms such as congestion, sneezing, and a runny or itchy nose. Like Avamys, it contains a corticosteroid, but rather than Avamys’s active ingredient fluticasone furoate, it contains fluticasone propionate. Avamys also contains another drug, azelastine hydrochloride, which is an antihistamine. Antihistamines such as azelastine work by blocking histamines, natural substances made by the immune system that cause allergy symptoms.
Whereas Avamys can be used to treat seasonal and year-round allergies, Dymista is intended only for seasonal allergies. The dosage can also differ slightly – Avamys can be sprayed once or twice into each nostril, once or twice per day (the starting dosage is once per day), while Dymista is normally sprayed only once into each nostril, once per day.
Research indicates that Dymista is more effective in treating seasonal allergy symptoms than azelastine or fluticasone propionate used separately.
Avamys vs Flixonase
Flixonase is a treatment used for the same allergies as Avamys and is also in the corticosteroid category of medicines. However, whereas Avamys contains the active ingredient fluticasone furoate, Flixonase’s active ingredient is fluticasone propionate. Avamys and Flixonase work in a similar way. They reduce inflammation which relieves allergy symptoms such as congestion, sneezing, itchy or red eyes, and an itchy or runny nose.
While Avamys only comes as a nasal spray, Flixonase is available as nasal drops for the treatment of growths in the nose (nasal polyps), as well as other allergy symptoms. The adult dosage of Avamys and Flixonase is similar. When using either Avamys or Flixonase, adults and children over the age of 12 will spray twice into each nostril one or two times per day.
An article in The Clinical Respiratory Journal highlighted that fluticasone furoate (Avamys) and fluticasone propionate (Flixonase) “are completely different drugs with fluticasone furoate showing distinct and superior properties”.
Beconase vs Avamys
Beconase is the branded version of the generic beclometasone. Like Avamys, it is a nasal spray that treats the symptoms of allergic rhinitis. Beclometasone dipropionate, the active ingredient in Beconase, is from the same corticosteroid group as fluticasone furoate, the active ingredient in Avamys. Beconase works in a similar way to Avamys, working on the immune system to reduce inflammation and ease congestion, treating common allergy symptoms.
Fluticasone is used in some inhalers for the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma, as well as in topical treatments for skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. However, you can only buy Avamys the brand name as a nasal spray.
Beclometasone, Beconase’s active ingredient, is also used in inhalers that treat COPD and asthma, as well as in tablets to treat ulcerative colitis (an inflammatory bowel disease that causes inflammation) and anti-inflammatory topical treatments for skin conditions.
Beconase has similar potential side effects to Avamys – such as a runny nose, dry throat, nausea and headache – and like all steroid nasal sprays, using too much Beconase or Avamys over a long period can increase the risk of experiencing side effects. While you can only buy Avamys nasal spray with a prescription in the UK, Beconase is available over the counter and doesn’t require a prescription.
Avamys Nasal Spray Reviews
Reviewers online have commented on the relief that Avamys nasal spray offered them by easing allergic rhinitis symptoms. Others have commented that they started to notice a significant difference within a few weeks of using the treatment. Among the side effects noted by reviewers is an unpleasant taste if the treatment drips down into the mouth. Nevertheless, many have praised the fast-acting medication's ability to deal with nasal polyps and other common symptoms of allergic rhinitis efficiently.
Can You Buy Avamys Nasal Spray Over The Counter?
You will require a prescription to buy Avamys nasal spray in the UK. Avamys is not available over the counter. Before you can purchase this corticosteroid medicine in the UK, your suitability for the treatment will need to be evaluated by a medical professional. Once a doctor or pharmacist has confirmed your suitability, a prescription can be issued.
For your convenience, why not buy Avamys online at Cloud Pharmacy? You will be asked to take a short medical assessment, and our online pharmacists will review the responses you provide before confirming your suitability for Avamys and issuing a prescription. We can then send out your Avamys nasal spray by next-day delivery.
The safety of Avamys during pregnancy has not been established. Only a minimal amount of the medicine passes into the bloodstream after the use of nasal spray. However, Avamys should only be used during pregnancy if the benefit of the medication is greater than any possible risk to the developing baby. Ask first your doctor for advice before using Avamys during pregnancy.
The likelihood of Avamys passing into the breast milk after spraying Avamys into the nostrils is very small. But it is prudent to use Avamys with caution when the mother is breastfeeding. A breastfeeding mother should use Avamys only when the benefits outweigh the possible risks to the nursing infant. Ask your doctor for advice before using Avamys if you are breastfeeding.
Only a small amount of Avamys is absorbed into the bloodstream after application into the nose. The likelihood that it will significantly affect other medicines that you are taking is very small. However, it is a good idea that you share with your doctor a list of the other medications you are taking, especially those purchased without prescription, as well as herbal products. Your doctor will determine if a medication you are taking can interact with the effectiveness of Avamys nasal spray.
Avamys Nasal Spray Dosage
Avamys nasal spray is available in 27.5-mcg dosage for daily use. When using Avamys nasal spray for the first time, there are guidelines that must be observed.
The typical dosage of Avamys is one or two sprays into each nostril, either once or twice per day. You would normally spray in the morning, and/or evening. One spray is a 55 microgram dose, so if you spray into each nostril once per day, that’s 110 mcg per day, and if you spray twice per day into each nostril, that’s 220 mcg per day.
In order to avoid adverse side effects and potentially damaging your nostrils, never exceed your recommended dose of Avamys nasal spray. Should you have any concerns or queries about the treatment, contact your pharmacist or doctor.
How Long Does Avamys Take To Work?
Avamys nasal spray usually starts to work from 8 hours after you’ve taken your first dose. But it should be noted that to receive full relief from Avamys, it could take a few days or weeks.
A summary of studies into Avamys' effectiveness published by the European Medicines Agency cited research that evaluated the effectiveness of the nasal spray in relieving symptoms of allergic rhinitis. The study recorded that Avamys nasal spray reduced symptom scores from an average of approximately 9 points by between 3.6 and 5.4 over a period of two weeks, compared to a 2.3 to 3.7 reduction when a placebo was used.
How to Use Avamys Nasal Spray
It is vital for you to take Avamys nasal spray as and when directed, in order for it to be effective. You should follow the instructions that accompany your prescription, and never take more than the recommended dosage over a 24-hour period.
The nasal spray must be prepared the first time it will be used or if the cap was left off for more than 3 days. Preparation will help ensure to get the full dose of the medicine.
Prepare the nasal spray by doing the following:
- Hold the nasal spray upright, pointing the nozzle away from you
- Vigorously shake for 10 minutes the nasal spray
- Uncap the spray bottle by squeezing the sides of the cap
- Press the button firmly. Pump a mist in the air about 4 to 6 times until a fine mist is sprayed
Using the nasal spray:
- Repeat steps 4 to 7 to the other nostril
- Press the spray button to release the medicated mist while breathing in through your nose.
- Breathe through your mouth after taking away the nozzle
- Clear your nostrils by blowing and tilt your head to a forward position
- Shake the nasal spray vigorously
- Remove the cap
- Place the Avamys nozzle into one nostril
- For two spray dosages in each nostril, repeat steps 4 to 6
If your dosage requires two sprays per nostril, you should then repeat the process in both nostrils. Once you have finished, wipe the nozzle with a tissue and put the cap back on.
Avamys Side Effects
Like other medicines, Avamys can have some unwanted side effects. Not all individuals who use Avamys will experience the side effects. The side effects, if they occur, are most likely minor and temporary. However, there could be some serious side effects that need medical attention.
The most common side effects of Avamys are:
- Nasal ulceration, which may cause discomfort and irritation in your nose. You may also see streaks of blood when you blow your nose
- Bad taste in the mouth
- Dry or sore throat
- Hoarse voice
The uncommon side effects include:
- Soreness or dryness inside the nose
Less than one in 10,000 users will experience serious side effects. However, immediately inform your doctor if you notice any of the following symptoms of an allergic reaction:
- Lumpy rash
- Difficulty in breathing
- Swelling of the lips or mouth
- Hay fever
- Blurry vision
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