Flonase and Getting over the Anxiety it caused. | Corticosteroids (Hormonal preparations) discussions | Therapies & Treatments center (2023)

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I used Flonase for 10 days. And I know that it is not a side effect listed by the company by have had really terrible anxiety every since. It started as nervousness then a feeling like I had drank about 20 cups of coffee in a sort time. I could not relax, i was overly emotional - crying... Which is SOOOO not like me. I couldn't eat or sleep...Then my body started tingling all over - especially the feet and legs. All of this is constant... not in waves.... At the ER they attributed it all to anxiety and said that I possibly had a reaction the steroid. That anything was possible. They gave me some good anti anxiety meds and sent me home to ride it out. So the good news is i can now sleep because of the meds but each morning when I wake up I can still feel the tingling starting to come back. And every morning I am hopeful it's just going to be over and I won't have to take more drugs. Can anyone who has experienced the similar tell me how long it was until you felt normal? I stopped it 5 days ago! I'm getting worried I am never going to feel normal again.



I've taken flonase for roughly the past year and a half. I guess the onset of symptoms was slow for me. Sometimes I would feel nervous for no reason but I didn't pay it any mind. Then I started to have mild panic attacks but never attributed it to the flonase. Then I started getting them often and felt extremely nervous most of the time. Sometimes, it would pass and I would feel so happy to just feel like myself. I went to the Dr and he gave me some anti anxiety meds, which help with the symptoms but not the cause. A week or so ago, I took my daily 4 sprays then went into my living room and started a convo with my roommate and had a severe episode. This made me realize the connection. So I stopped taking the spray and the episodes have subsided for the most part. I still feel it come on in a lot of situations though. I hope this goes away soon as it is driving me nuts. Last time I used it was last Saturday...so it's only been a little over a week, but I still feel it just not as severe. I did take it for quite some time though. I pray this passes sooner than later.



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I hope so too. Mine feels terrible. I'm sure it will pass but i just wish someone could say that they understand and everything should be fine by this date. But i guess thats not realistic. Thanks for your comments. It helps to know I'm not making this up or that i am alone.



No problem. I feel the same way. I was just googling as to how long it will take for this to be gone from my system and came across your post. Initially, I thought this was a miracle drug bc it helped with my allergies a great deal but damn, what a terrible side effect. Since it takes a few weeks for it to fully kick in, I'm guessing it will take roughly the same for it to fully go away. :(



Did you ever go back to feeling normal?



I'm still working on it. Everyday is a little better now. But it's been really slow. It's been 2 weeks since my last dose and i still get random anxiety and nervousness out of the blue but it isnt constant anymore and not as bad. You??


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Same here. I only stopped 2 and a half weeks ago (this upcoming Saturday will mark 3 weeks since my last dose). I feel like every day is a bit better than the last but not by much. My allergies are starting to kick in full blast and I woke up today with a sinus headache from the pressure. But I will gladly take the allergies over feeling so crazy. The anxiety can still get severe but at least now it's just sometimes as opposed to all the time. I read that working out helps so I'm going to the gym more often and I definitely feel much more normal after a workout.



I'm not sleeping well either. I generally feel wired and sleepy at the same time at night.. That probably doesn't help anything to not get enough sleep. You are right about severe. I was just sitting at my desk the other day and it was like a surge of Adrenalin went through me for no reason and left me feeling nervous and limp... And it's hard to describe these things to others but no one really thinks it was the stupid drug in the first place. But I still remain convinced! Please keep in touch...

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I am not a Flonase user but was prescribed Flovent for asthma...from what i understand it is the same corticosteroid , just in an inhaler form instead of nose spray. A little history. 1st . I went to the Dr for passing out in a line @ the bank. That was a Saturday morning. Sunday morning i had my 1st ever panic attack . got into my Dr Monday morning 830am. they ran blood test and ECG and took x-rays. She seemed concerned that my blood oxygen was 91. They gave me what i assume was Albuterol from a nebulizer @ the office.Long story short as possible,tests all came back fine. She(Dr) said that I had asthma and prescribed an Albuterol rescue inhaler 1st then when i went back for the return visit she said she still heard wheezing and prescribed 44mcg(lowest dosage) of Flovent. Now....i have to say...it didnt occur to me but 2 days after the nebulizer at her office and 2 days of 2 sprays of the rescue inhaler , when i woke up for work(i work nights) i was SOOOO confused. since then i have come to find out(after ALOT of reading and comparing the way i felt with what was described in my research) that i had sever depersonalization/derealization. Those are symptoms of anxiety/stress. i really didnt have a panic attack/severe anxiety until i stopped the rescue inhaler and started the daily use long acting Flovent. it seemed to accumulate rapidly! Anxiety/Panic attacks/derealization/depersonalization. In total i used the Abulterol for approx 2 weeks and then used the Flovent for 2 weeks 2 days. My Mom suggested that all these effects(which are HORRIBLE!!!) started all with these inhalers. I stopped taking ANY of it. i've been off 3 days and,well...all the effects are still with me. PLEASE if either of you see this, PLEASE let me know how you are doing!! I would love to know how long these effects may last, as i'm getting scared and frustrated. Never had any effects like this PRIOR to using these steroid inhalers.

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Same here did any of you feel your heart pounding / palpitations with the anxiety when using this stuff. I just took myself off this last week and still feel anxious and at times feel my heart beating a little faster than normal. Been to the docs and have ran all tests which come back negative. How long does this stuff last before it gets through your system.



I quit smoking a year ago, developed asthma symptoms and started taking the inhalers you mentioned. Being a more eastern medicine person than western I was freaked when the anxiety started. They stimulate the adrenal glands and do cause anxiety. If you can live without them do.



Sounds similar to my experience with Flonase. I took it for just one week before I experienced a panic attack while walking across a bridge that I walk across every day and had never experienced this feeling before. I told my regular doctor and he said that it could not have been from the Flonase and that I should start using it again. He said that my attack was from my being busier than usual!!!! I will never use a steroid again. I am now trying a warm cup of milk with turmeric and some sugar before bedtime to try to shrink my nasal polyps.


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In the past I suffered from anxiety and panic. I managed to overcome these terrible feelings. ( I do take clonazepam but only on an "as needed" basis.) After developing nasal polyps my ENT prescribed Flonase. I tried it but had to stop after three days due to severe anxiety and panic. Nobody, including my general doctor, believes it is from the Flonase. I know that it is; others report the same symptoms. For an example, tonight I had to turn back walking to the store because I suddenly felt scared and couldn't walk straight. This had happened years ago when I would have panic attacks. I feel that the Flonase has really messed up my equilibrium. I'm angry and at a loss as to what to do. Take more clonazepam I guess!!!!



People with anxiety shouldn't use flonase nor caffine!! For some logical reason, flonase and caffine triggers my anxiety and causes me to have panic attacks. Otherwise, I'm okay if I don't use caffine or flonase



I took Flonase for 3 days and had to stop after being diagnosed with acute sinusitis. I started getting anxiety and panic attacks, blood pressure increased, frequently urinating. Just hoping and praying the anxiety goes away, unsure how long it will take though. Has your anxiety now?


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Does Flonase trigger anxiety? ›

Fluticasone is a prescription-only anti-inflammatory corticosteroid whose job is to reduce inflammation of bodily tissue. Because anxiety is a possible side effect of fluticasone, people who suffer from anxiety may want to rethink taking it as medication- particularly if it is being taken to treat breathing problems.

Can you take Flonase with anxiety? ›

For Allergic Rhinitis "Don't take Flonase if you have anxiety or are sensitive to steroids.

Do steroid nasal sprays cause anxiety? ›

Another potential side effect you might be concerned about is anxiety. While some studies suggest that nasal sprays, especially ones that contain steroids, can cause anxiety, further research has found that it's likely not the spray itself that's the problem—it's the dosage.

What are the dangers of Flonase? ›

Call your doctor right away if you have a rash, itching, hoarseness, trouble breathing, trouble swallowing, or any swelling of your hands, face, or mouth while you are using this medicine. You may get infections more easily while using this medicine.

What are the weird side effects of Flonase? ›

Tell your doctor right away if any of the following side effects occur: unusual/extreme tiredness, weight loss, headache, swelling ankles/feet, increased thirst/urination, vision problems. A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare.

What is a good substitute for Flonase? ›

Nasacort nasal spray is similar to Flonase Sensimist nasal spray in that it's alcohol and scent-free. Nasacort nasal spray is also available as generic triamcinolone.

Does Flonase affect the brain? ›

Oral and Inhaled Glucocorticoids Both Trigger Brain Decline

Common glucocorticoids include medications such as Flonase (fluticasone) and prednisone.

Who should not take Flonase? ›

You should not use fluticasone nasal if you are allergic to it. Fluticasone can weaken your immune system, making it easier for you to get an infection or worsening an infection you already have or recently had. Tell your doctor about any illness or infection you have had within the past several weeks.

How do you stop steroid anxiety? ›

Adjust the timing of the dose

Using chronotherapy, a technique involving scheduling dosages at certain times to minimize side effects of a medication, may help lessen anxiety resulting from prednisone use. It's important to never abruptly stop taking prednisone or to drastically change your dosage schedule.

Can FLONASE cause anxiety and insomnia? ›

Stop using FLONASE Headache & Allergy Relief and talk to your doctor right away if you experience nervousness, dizziness, sleeplessness, pain, or nasal congestion that gets worse or lasts more than 7 days, redness or swelling, new symptoms, or your fever gets worse or lasts more than 3 days.

Can FLONASE affect mood? ›

eye problems (eye pain, blurred vision) getting infections more often than usual; cold or flu-like symptoms. mood changes (e.g., irritability, aggression, anxiety)

Can coping mechanisms cause anxiety? ›

While adaptive coping mechanisms are healthy and positive, maladaptive ones are negative and could harm your health in the long run. If you react to a stressful situation in a maladaptive way, you can develop anxiety disorders and become too reliant on people or objects. This leads to dysfunctional behavior patterns.

How I healed my anxiety without drugs? ›

Anxiety Treatment Without Medication: 7 Holistic Ways to Cope
  1. Keep Your Blood Sugar in Check. ...
  2. Avoid Stimulants. ...
  3. Get Enough Sleep. ...
  4. Just Breathe. ...
  5. Practice Mindfulness. ...
  6. Exercise. ...
  7. Do What You Enjoy. ...
  8. Where to Get Help.
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Should I stop taking Flonase? ›

You may be tempted to stop using FLONASE when you start to feel better. It is important to keep using FLONASE daily as long as allergens bother you, like pollen, mold, dust, or pet dander—so you'll continue to enjoy relief from your symptoms.

Can long term use of Flonase cause problems? ›

Intranasal steroid sprays are safe for long-term use, and there is little evidence to indicate they cause significant systemic side effects. However, patients with chronic rhinitis who might use them for long periods should be advised to use them only intermittently and at the lowest dose that controls their symptoms.

Does Flonase affect sleep? ›

Fluticasone improved subjective sleep when compared with placebo (p = 0.04); however, there was no difference in the apnea/hypopnea index in those that were treated.

How long does it take for Flonase to wear off? ›

FLONASE nasal sprays are meant to control your symptoms every day, all-day and all-night. To help you get this 24-hour relief, it's important to use your FLONASE product once a day, every day, during allergy season. FLONASE Headache & Allergy Relief can help alleviate symptoms for 4 to 6 hours.

Can Flonase hurt your liver? ›

Drug-induced liver injury (DILI) is a rare and potentially lethal condition associated with the use of many commonly-used medications, including inhaled fluticasone-vilanterol.

How long does fluticasone stay in your system? ›

Updated Guidelines
Half-Lives of Common Asthma Medications
Glucocorticosteroids (inhaled)fluticasone14 hours
budesonide2 to 3 hours
beclomethasone15 hours
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Is Zyrtec or Flonase better? ›

Choose ZYRTEC® for 24-hour relief of your worst allergy symptoms. ZYRTEC® works fast2 and stays strong day after day on both indoor and outdoor allergies. ZYRTEC® also relieves itchy throat, which Flonase® doesn't. Third-party trademarks used herein are trademarks of their respective owners.

What is the safest nasal spray? ›

A traditional saline spray is a safe option for daily relief. “If you suffer from congestion, a runny nose or sneezing, I recommend using a nasal spray to help fight allergy symptoms,” concludes Dr. Nasseri.

Is flonase better than Benadryl? ›

Flonase (fluticasone) is a good first-choice treatment for allergies of the nose, but long-term use can increase the risk of nosebleeds. Benadryl (Diphenhydramine) is often better than other antihistamines at treating allergy symptoms and hives. It can provide quick relief of allergy symptoms for both kids and adults.

Does Flonase contribute to Alzheimer's? ›

These phenomena could account for part of the observed lower incidence of Dementia Alzheimer's type reports in patients using Flonase®. Nevertheless, long term use of oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs is linked with reduced risk of developing Alzheimer's disease [26].

What is the black box warning for Flonase? ›

Inform patients that hypersensitivity reactions, including anaphylaxis, angioedema, urticaria, contact dermatitis, and rash, may occur after administration of FLONASE nasal spray. If such reactions occur, patients should discontinue use of FLONASE nasal spray [see Warnings and Precautions (5.3)].

What are the pros and cons of Flonase? ›

Advantages: Approved for the treatment of eye allergy symptoms in addition to nasal allergy symptoms. Disadvantages: Flowery smell bothers some people, contains an alcohol preservative that may cause irritation in some people.

Does Flonase interact with anything? ›

There are 49 drugs known to interact with Flonase (fluticasone nasal), along with 5 disease interactions. Of the total drug interactions, 26 are major, 22 are moderate, and 1 is minor.

Why does prednisone help my anxiety? ›

Taking high doses of prednisone will increase the body's overall stimulation level, like how high levels of stress can increase circulating cortisol levels.

Can prednisone reduce anxiety? ›

Early in treatment (within several days), prednisone may increase feelings of well-being, anxiety, hypomania or mild euphoria. With long-term therapy, however, people may develop depression.

Why do corticosteroids cause anxiety? ›

Steroids impact the brain's serotonin and dopamine neurotransmitter systems. Dopamine is the feel-good chemical that helps reinforce positive behaviors, like eating, exercising and building friendships. Serotonin helps regulate numerous bodily functions, including your emotions.

How can I reduce the side effects of Flonase? ›

To help prevent local side effects from FLONASE allergy relief nasal sprays, it's best to spray only the recommended number of sprays in each nostril and aim the nozzle toward the outer wall of the nostril. Be sure to blow your nose to clear the passageway and wash your hands before using FLONASE.

What are the two triggers for anxiety? ›

Experiences which can trigger anxiety problems include things like: physical or emotional abuse. neglect.

What are three things that trigger your anxiety? ›

10 Surprisingly Common Anxiety Triggers
  • Caffeine. Topping the list, caffeine can do many things, including inducing anxiety. ...
  • A Messy Home Environment. This one often surprises people. ...
  • Self Neglect. ...
  • Not Enough Sleep. ...
  • Stress. ...
  • Finances. ...
  • Social Gatherings. ...
  • Work Environment.

What is the root cause of stress and anxiety? ›

There is a multitude of sources that could be triggering your anxiety, such as environmental factors like a job or personal relationship, medical conditions, traumatic past experiences – even genetics plays a role, points out Medical News Today.

How do I reset my brain from anxiety? ›

Your Brain Fog May Be an Anxiety Symptom — Here's How to Deal with It
  1. Find the source.
  2. Prioritize sleep.
  3. Make time to relax.
  4. Meditate.
  5. Feed yourself.
  6. Move your body.
  7. Take a break.
  8. Make a plan.
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How do I train my brain to stop overthinking? ›

Here are six ways to stop overthinking everything:
  1. Notice When You're Stuck in Your Head. Overthinking can become such a habit that you don't even recognize when you're doing it. ...
  2. Keep the Focus on Problem-Solving. ...
  3. Challenge Your Thoughts. ...
  4. Schedule Time for Reflection. ...
  5. Learn Mindfulness Skills. ...
  6. Change the Channel.

What causes extreme worrying? ›

A big event or a buildup of smaller stressful life situations may trigger excessive anxiety — for example, a death in the family, work stress or ongoing worry about finances. Personality. People with certain personality types are more prone to anxiety disorders than others are. Other mental health disorders.

What vitamins should I take for anxiety? ›

B-complex, vitamin E, vitamin C, GABA, and 5-HTP are 5 vitamins commonly used to help with anxiety and stress.

What is the first drug of choice for anxiety? ›

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) SSRIs and SNRIs are often the first-line treatment for anxiety. Common SSRI brands are Celexa, Lexapro, Luvox, Paxil, and Zoloft.

What is a good natural anti anxiety medication? ›

Is there an effective herbal treatment for anxiety?
  • Kava. ...
  • Passion flower. ...
  • Valerian. ...
  • Chamomile. ...
  • Lavender. ...
  • Lemon balm.

Can Flonase make you feel weird? ›

Stop using FLONASE Headache & Allergy Relief and talk to your doctor right away if you experience nervousness, dizziness, sleeplessness, pain, or nasal congestion that gets worse or lasts more than 7 days, redness or swelling, new symptoms, or your fever gets worse or lasts more than 3 days.

Is anxiety a side effect of Flovent? ›

Agitation, aggression, anxiety, depression, and restlessness. Behavioral changes, including hyperactivity and irritability, have been reported very rarely and primarily in children.

Can nasal spray help anxiety? ›

The compact and portable nasal spray means it can be used directly before an anxiety-provoking trigger or at the beginning of an episode. The neurosteroid works by using the nose as a direct passageway to the amygdala. Neural circuits in the amygdala are associated with anxiety and stress.

Can antihistamines cause anxiety? ›

Anxiety caused by antihistamines should go away once you stop taking the medication. If you notice you feel more nervous in the hours following a dose of these allergy medications, speak with your provider about alternatives.

Can Flonase affect mood? ›

eye problems (eye pain, blurred vision) getting infections more often than usual; cold or flu-like symptoms. mood changes (e.g., irritability, aggression, anxiety)

Who should not use Flovent? ›

FLOVENT DISKUS is a dry powder inhaler that comes in 3 strengths. Only the 2 lowest strengths are approved for use in children aged 4 to 11 years. FLOVENT is not approved for use in children younger than 4 years of age.

What happens if you stop using Flovent? ›

Some conditions (such as asthma, allergies) may become worse when the drug is suddenly stopped. If you suddenly stop taking the drug, you may also have withdrawal symptoms (such as weakness, weight loss, nausea, muscle pain, headache, tiredness, dizziness).

Is weight gain a side effect of Flovent? ›

A: NO. Your inhaler contains such a low dose of steroids that it will not make you put on weight.

What is the new anxiety treatment 2022? ›

MM-120. The FDA has approved a phase 2b study of an optimized form of LSD for the treatment of anxiety. The drug, called MM-120, is being developed by MindMed and is intended to treat generalized anxiety disorders and other mental conditions. MindMed is expected to begin clinical trials in 2022.

What nasal medication is used for anxiety? ›

PH94B is a first-in-class synthetic investigational neurosteroid developed from proprietary compounds called pherines. With its novel mechanism of action (MOA), PH94B is a nasal spray administered at microgram-level doses and designed to achieve rapid-onset anti-anxiety, or anxiolytic, effects.

Can nasal problems cause anxiety? ›

Those with both chronic sinusitis and nasal polyps were 61 percent more likely to suffer from depression and 63 percent likelier to experience anxiety.

What are the symptoms of histamine in anxiety? ›

Histamine also promotes the release of adrenalin and noradrenalin from the adrenal glands. An increase in these hormones cause many of the physical symptoms of anxiety including heart palpitations, shortness of breath, sweating, shaking and nausea.

What over the counter antihistamine can I take for anxiety? ›

Does Benadryl Help Anxiety? Although some people say that Benadryl helps their anxiety, it is not approved by the FDA for anxiety symptoms. Therefore, do not take it for anxiety unless your healthcare provider specifically recommends it. The only FDA-approved antihistamine for anxiety is hydroxyzine (Atarax, Vistaril).

What allergy medication does not cause anxiety? ›

Like Benadryl, hydroxyzine is an antihistamine. It has sedative properties and is frequently used off-label for many conditions. These include insomnia, nausea, vomiting, itching, and skin rashes. Unlike Benadryl, hydroxyzine has been approved by the FDA for the treatment of anxiety.


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