Is fluticasone propionate bad for me because it’s a steroid?

Fluticasone propionate is a type of medication known as a glucocorticoid. Glucocorticoids are corticosteroid hormones that are effective at reducing inflammation. Corticosteroid hormones are not the same thing as anabolic steroids, which are the steroids commonly associated with athletic enhancement.

Using fluticasone propionate as prescribed for the treatment of allergic rhinitis is generally not considered dangerous. However, chronic overuse may cause specific signs and symptoms. Using greater than what is recommended by your physician can lead to trauma and irritation of the lining of the inside of the nose, which can lead to nosebleeds. Long-term use of high levels of corticosteroid hormones can cause other symptoms such as thinning skin, changes in body fat distribution, blood sugar problems, bone loss, and increased acne or facial hair. If you are experiencing worrisome symptoms, contact a healthcare provider.

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