Apr
15

Flo Sinus Care

Sodium Chloride
Potassium Chloride
Calcium Lactate Pentahydrate

FLO® SINUS CARE

1.544 g/83.16 mg/63.13 mg per sachet
Powder for Reconstitution
for Nasal and Sinus Irrigation
Decongestant


Do Not Substitute

Always use the solution recommended by your doctor. Alternative irrigation solutions may not work as well as FLO® Sinus Care.

FLO® Sinus Care has been specifically formulated to closely mimic the body’s own extracellular fluid, so it is gentle on nasal tissues.

Clinical studies have shown it is superior to isotonic saline solutions and will not sting, as hypertonic solutions are prone to do.

FLO® SINUS CARE packs available

• 1 Bottle and 4 sachets

• Refill packs containing 100 sachets

When to use FLO® Sinus Care

• Hay fever or allergies – to wash away unwanted pollens, dust, animal fur and other irritants.

• Colds flu and sinusitis – to remove excess mucus and bacteria from the nose and sinus cavities. This also helps relieve the pressure and discomfort.

• Post operatively – to wash mucus and dry blood from nose and sinuses.

• CPAP users – to help relieve nasal and sinus congestion.

• In conjunction with other medicated nasal sprays – use FLO® Sinus Care 20 minutes prior to the medicated product to help clear mucus and improve their effectiveness.

Consumer Information – FLO® Sinus Care

What is FLO® Sinus Care?

FLO® Sinus Care is a non-medicated, preservative-free nasal and sinus irrigation kit. It can be used to relieve nasal and sinus congestion as well as optimize your recovery following nasal and sinus surgery.

FLO® Sinus Care consists of a douche bottle and pre-mixed sachets of FLO® powder. Refill sachet packs are also available separately. Each sachet contains 1.8g of pre-mixed powder of Sodium Chloride, Sodium Bicarbonate, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Lactate Pentahydrate, and Glucose Anhydrous. When dissolved into 200mL of water it closely resembles Extracellular Fluid (this is what naturally bathes the cells of the body). Extracellular fluid contains minerals and sugar which are required for normal functioning delicate nasal tissue.

Why use FLO® Sinus Care?

FLO® Sinus Care is specifically designed to irrigate the nasal and sinus cavities using a large volume of solution at low pressure. This method improves distribution to the sinus cavities compared with traditional metered nasal pump sprays1.

FLO® Sinus Care has also been specially formulated to mimic the body’s own extracellular fluid, and as a result:

• Is gentle on the nasal tissue and will not sting or burn

• Is superior to isotonic saline solutions2

• May be used in pregnancy

• May be used with other medications

How do I use and clean the FLO® Sinus Care Kit?

These directions have been prepared specially for FLO® Sinus Care. Make sure you have the FLO® bottle, tube, cap, pre-mixed sachets of FLO® powder and pre-boiled water ready each application.

Always use as directed.

1. First time use – Thoroughly wash the bottle, tube and cap with warm soapy water using a bottle brush to clean all surfaces. Rinse all components with clean tap water and dry using a clean paper towel.

2. Fill the bottle to the 200mL Fill Line using luke-warm pre-boiled water. Always boil for 1-2 minutes before cooling until luke-warm.
NOTE: If more convenient, boiled water may be stored in a clean container in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours. You may reheat the water in the FLO® bottle using a microwave oven in 5 second bursts.

3. Cut or tear open one sachet of FLO® powder. Using the guidelines, fold out sachet into a funnel shape and pour the entire contents into the FLO® bottle.

4. Screw the cap and tube firmly onto the bottle and shake until all the powder has dissolved.

The mixture is now ready for use

5. Standing over a basin, bend forward and tilt your head down so your chin almost touches your chest. Insert the cap gently into one nostril. Whilst breathing trough the mouth, steadily and gently squeeze the bottle until the solution drains from the opposite nostril or from the mouth.

No harmful effects will occur if some of the solution is swallowed. Whenever the bottle needs to refill with air, remove it from your nose before releasing hand pressure to prevent “suck back” and contamination of the remaining solution.

6. Repeat above steps until approximately half of the solution has been used (100mL Half Line is indicated on the bottle for your reference).

7. Repeat procedure on the other nostril.

8. Gently blow your nose to clear any remaining fluid and mucus.
NOTE: If you have recently had nasal or sinus surgery, do not blow your nose before checking your surgeon.

9. Discard any remaining solution in the bottle. Always make fresh solution for each treatment.

10. Cleaning after use. Clean all components thoroughly using FLO® Cleaning Solution (sold separately). This removes bacterial biofilms (a slime in which bacteria live), mucus and other forms of soiling from all the surfaces of the wash bottle to help keep your FLO® kit clean. (Note: warm soapy water may be used instead, however it may not remove bacterial biofilms). After cleaning, rinse all components with tap water. Thoroughly dry all components using a clean paper towel. Resemble FLO® kit and store in the refrigerator until next needed.

What side effects can I expect?

Blocked ears – This may occur if solution enters the eustachion tube. If this occurs, try clearing your ears by pinching your nostrils closed and gently blowing through the nose. Your ears will start to clear when you hear a popping sound. Release the pressure on your nostrils, breathe normally and swallow a few times. Repeat as necessary.

Earache – This may occur if applying too much pressure when squeezing the bottle. Try to use less pressure when administering FLO®. Also follow the above procedure to help un-block your ears. If earache persists, stop using this product and consult your Healthcare professional.

How often do I need to use FLO® Sinus Care?

Use FLO® Sinus Care twice daily or as directed by your healthcare practitioner. There are no adverse effects from using FLO® Sinus Care more often because it is preservative-free and non-medicated.

NOTE: use anytime of day, except the last hour before bed. Lying down immediately after use can result fluid draining from the sinuses unexpectedly. This may cause coughing.

Can I use FLO® Sinus Care while pregnant or breast feeding?

FLO® Sinus Care is non-medicated and preservative-free and may be used during pregnancy or whilst breast feeding.

Does FLO® Sinus Care interact with other medications?

FLO® Sinus Care is non-medicated and preservative-free and may be used whilst taking other medications.

How is FLO® Sinus Care packaged?

FLO® Sinus Care is available in the following pack sizes:

• Bottle and 4 sachets

• Refill packs of 100 sachets

Do not use after the expiry date marked on the sachets. Do not use if the sachets have been damaged or tampered with. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist, consult your healthcare professional.

References
1. A comparative study of 3 methods of nasal irrigation. Wormald PJ et al. Laryngoscope Vol 114: Dec 2004 page 2224-2227
2. Ringer-Lactate solutions versus Isotonic Saline Solutions on mucociliary function after nasal surgery. Una/ M et al. Journal of Laryngoscopy & Otology Vol 115: Oct 2001 pp 796-7