Flunisolide is often prescribed to treat and prevent symptoms of allergic rhinitis which include sneezing, itching, and runny or stuffy nose. It can also be used to prevent disorders associated with asthma or other lung problems such as wheezing, shortness of breath and difficulty breathing.


What is Flunisolide?

Flunisolide is a corticosteroid that works by activating the receptors of glucocorticoids and exerting an anti-inflammatory effect.


How should Flunisolide be taken?

Flunisolide can be inhaled nasally or orally. The dosage may vary depending on the each individual’s case (1 to 4 inhalations per day).


Side effects associated with Flunisolide

Among the possible side effects of flunisolide include the following:


  • Headache
  • Nose, mouth or throat irritation
  • Sore throat
  • Sneezing
  • Epistaxis
  • Cough
  • Difficulty speaking


It is important to contact a doctor immediately if you experience:


  • Increased difficulty breathing
  • Swelling of the face, calves or ankles
  • Vision problems
  • Colds or persistent infections
  • Muscle weakness
  • Skin rash
  • White patches or sores in the mouth



Contraindications and warnings associated with the use of Flunisolide

During treatment with Flunisolide, the doctor may prescribe a diet low in sodium and salt, rich in potassium and high in protein. Flunisolide can increase gastrointestinal sensitivity and further be irritated by alcohol, aspirin, and certain arthritis drugs. This in turn can increase the risk of ulcers.  


Before taking Flunisolide, it is important to tell your doctor if:


  • You have any allergies to the active substance, its excipients or any other drugs
  • You are taking any other medications, herbal remedies or supplements. Mentioning in particular:  medications for arthritis, aspirin, anticoagulants, cyclosporine, digoxin, diuretics, estrogen, ketoconazole, oral contraceptives, phenobarbital, phenytoin, rifampin, theophylline and vitamins
  • You are suffering (or have suffered) from fungal infections, liver disease, kidney disease, intestinal disease, heart disease, diabetes, hypothyroidism, high blood pressure, psychiatric disease, myasthenia gravis, osteoporosis, ocular herpes, seizures, ulcers, or tuberculosis
  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding