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Fluticasone

Last updated on July 26, 2019.

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GENERIC NAME: Fluticasone

CHINESE NAME: 氟替卡松

COMMON BRANDS IN HONG KONG: Apo-Fluticasone, Avamys 鼻眼適, Cutivate 克廷膚, Dalman AQ, Dymista 鼻舒達 (Contains Fluticasone and Azelastine), Flixonase 輔舒良, Flixotide 輔舒酮, Flutiform 呼特康 (Contains Fluticasone and Formoterol), Relvar Ellipta 衛呼 (Contains Fluticasone and Vilanterol), Seretide 舒悅泰 (Contains Fluticasone and Salmeterol)

What is Fluticasone for?

Fluticasone belongs to a class of medications called glucocorticoids or steroid hormones. It mainly works by reducing inflammation and has a wide range of uses, including but not limited to: 

  • Asthma
  • Allergic and perennial rhinitis
  • Nasal polyps
  • Dermatitis and eczema

How to use it?

Fluticasone can be either used intranasally (Flixonase), topically (Cultivate) or inhaled (Flutiform). When it is used as an inhaler for asthma control, it can be combined with a long-acting bronchodilator such as Formoterol. The suggested doses of Fluticasone for different uses by different routes of administration and age groups are listed below: 

For asthma

Inhalation of powder/ aerosol

Adult/ Child (16-17 years); 100-500 mcg twice daily. A higher dose can be given depending on your severity of asthma.

Child (4-15 years): 50-100 mcg twice daily. A higher dose can be given depending on your severity of asthma.

For allergic rhinitis or perennial rhinitis

Intransal

Adult/ Child (12-17 years)

Flixonase: Two sprays (100 mcg) into each nostril once or twice daily. The dose might be reduced according to your response.

Avamys: Start with two sprays (55 mcg) into each nostril once daily. Then, one spray (27.5 mcg) into each nostril once daily.

Child (4-11 years)

Filxonase: One spray (50 mcg) into each nostril once or twice daily.

Child (2-11 years)

Avamys: One spray (27.5 mcg) into each nostril once daily. 

For nasal polyps

Intranasal

Adult/ Child (16-17 years)

Filxonase: 200 mcg once or twice daily.

For dermatitis and eczema

Topical: Apply a thin layer of cream once or twice daily to the affected area.

What are the side effects of Fluticasone?

When used as a cream, minimise the period of time you use Fluticasone as long-term use can cause skin thinning.

When Fluticasone is used intranasally, it can have side effects such as nose bleeding, nasal ulceration, cough and nasal irritation.

When Fluticasone is inhaled, it can have side effects such as upper respiratory tract infection, changes to your voice and oral thrush (yeast infection).

Where to buy Fluticasone in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Fluticasone is a prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.

For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at http://www.drugoffice.gov.hk

For detailed information about the use of Fluticasone in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.

Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.

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