I have been on flonase once a day for 1 year, I have gained 25 lbs in that time. My eating habits have not changed and have been an excessive exercise addict my whole life (44). No matter what I do I can not shed the weight, infact if I don't exercise I gain about a pound a week. I am also taking astelin daily. Is it possible my nonallergic rhinitis meds are causing my weight problem
Flonase is a corticosteroid, so theoretically it has the potential to cause excess cortisol hormone in your body. This can result in a rare condition called Cushing's Syndrome, which in turn can cause weight gain to your midsection.
Unless you are experiencing other hypercortisolism features, I would expect that the weight gain is actually caused by the Astelin. Although it is an antihistamine, it is actually a nervous system depressant.
Thanks for the reply. I think you are right, I have been off of the flonase for 4 days and although swelling in my face (moon shape) has decreased, my appetite has only slightly decreased. All and all I do feel much better with my reduction in medication and the swelling in my turbinates has significantly gone down too. I guess I'll have to try a little more self control. Thanks again
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