Avamys is a brand-name medication used to treat seasonal and indoor allergies. It is approved for children and adults and is generally effective at treating bothersome allergy symptoms. As with any medication, there are side effects associated with the use of Avamys.
What is Avamys, and how does it work?
Avamys is a medicated nasal spray that is used to treat seasonal outdoor and ongoing indoor allergy symptoms. The generic name for Avamys is fluticasone furoate nasal spray. Avamys is a corticosteroid. The mechanism by which Avamys works is by reducing the immune response of the eyes, ears, nose and throat. Since allergies are caused by an overreactive immune response, reducing this response brings relief from a stuffy or runny nose, sneezing and itchy, watery, red eyes.
How long does it take Avamys to work?
It takes time for Avamys to work with your body to produce the desired results, but alleviation of most allergy symptoms should be seen within 24 hours of taking your first dose. This may be sooner for some individuals.
When should I take Avamys?
Avamys is approved for patients ages 2 and older. The recommended dose for Avamys is two quick pumps into each nostril once per day, although some doctors may prescribe other doses for a variety of reasons. It is important to follow your physician's orders, so remember to read the label of your medication carefully before taking Avamys to be sure that you're taking it correctly.
What if I'm pregnant, breastfeeding or allergic to Avamys' ingredients?
Avamys is generally well tolerated by patients, but those with allergies to fluticasone furoate or any component of Avamys nasal spray should not take the medication because it could aggravate their condition or cause serious undesired results. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should use Avamys only if the benefits outweigh possible risks to the fetus or baby. Talk with your doctor to evaluate your risks if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or plan to become pregnant while taking Avamys.
What are the common side effects of Avamys?
While taking Avamys, you might experience some side effects. Most were not bad enough to cause individuals to discontinue use of Avamys in clinical trials. A low-grade fever, headache, soreness of the throat, irritated nasal passages, back pain, coughing and nosebleeds occur in some individuals who take Avamys. Many of these side effects will go away as the body becomes used to the medication.
What are the more serious side effects of Avamys?
While rare, there are more serious side effects that must be brought to the attention of your physician if you experience them. Heart palpitations, ulcers or lesions in the nasal cavity or a fungal infection in the nose that causes fever, tiredness, discharge or headache are conditions that should be reported to your doctor immediately.
What else should I consider while taking Avamys?
Since Avamys is an immune system suppressing corticosteroid, it can affect the way your body heals wounds and infections. If you have open wounds or a known infection, your doctor may decide that it is a good idea to wait to begin taking Avamys until these conditions have cleared. Avoid exposure to infection and disease while taking Avamys, because the medicine in Avamys can make it harder for your body to heal. As with any medication, if you should notice yellowing of the eyes or skin while taking Avamys, consult your doctor immediately.