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Fluticasone aerosol inhaler

Pronunciation

Generic Name: fluticasone (flue-TIK-a-sone)
Brand Name: Flovent

Fluticasone aerosol inhaler is used for:

Preventing or reducing the frequency and seriousness of bronchial asthma attacks. Fluticasone aerosol inhaler does not help during an acute asthma attack.

Fluticasone aerosol inhaler is a corticosteroid. It works by reducing inflammatory reactions in the airways in response to allergens and irritants in the air.

Do NOT use fluticasone aerosol inhaler if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in fluticasone aerosol inhaler
  • you are having a severe asthma attack requiring quick relief

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using fluticasone aerosol inhaler:

Some medical conditions may interact with fluticasone aerosol inhaler. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines or other substances
  • if you have active or inactive tuberculosis or a positive skin test for tuberculosis
  • if you have infections of the respiratory tract, untreated fungal or bacterial infections, parasitic or viral infections, measles, chickenpox, herpes simplex in or around the eye, or recently received a vaccination
  • if you have diarrhea
  • if you have glaucoma or cataracts

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with fluticasone aerosol inhaler. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Certain medicines that act on the liver (eg, protease inhibitors [eg, ritonavir], ketoconazole) because they may increase the actions and side effects of fluticasone aerosol inhaler

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if fluticasone aerosol inhaler may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use fluticasone aerosol inhaler:

Use fluticasone aerosol inhaler as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • An extra patient leaflet is available with fluticasone aerosol inhaler. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
  • If needed, prime the inhaler according to the directions in the extra patient leaflet.
  • For best results, the canister should be at room temperature before use.
  • Before using fluticasone aerosol inhaler, be sure that the canister is properly placed in the inhaler unit. Shake well before each use. Breathe out slowly and completely. Place the mouthpiece between your lips and try to rest your tongue flat, unless your doctor has told you otherwise. Your doctor may have told you to hold the inhaler 1 or 2 inches (2 or 3 centimeters) away from the open mouth or to use a special spacing device. As you start to take a slow deep breath, press the canister and mouthpiece together at exactly the same time. This will release a dose of fluticasone aerosol inhaler. Continue breathing in slowly and deeply and hold for as long as comfortable, then breathe out slowly through pursed lips or your nose. If more than 1 inhalation is to be used, wait a few minutes and repeat the above steps. Keep the spray away from your eyes.
  • After inhaling, rinse your mouth with water without swallowing.
  • Keep track of the number of sprays you use and subtract this number from the number of doses in the container. This will help you know when the container is becoming empty.
  • Continue to use fluticasone aerosol inhaler even if you feel well. Do not miss any doses.
  • If you miss a dose of fluticasone aerosol inhaler, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use fluticasone aerosol inhaler.

Important safety information:

  • Fluticasone aerosol inhaler is used to prevent asthma attacks. It is not to be used for a severe asthma attack that requires quick relief.
  • If you are also using a bronchodilator inhaler, be sure to always carry the bronchodilator inhaler with you to use during asthma attacks.
  • Use caution if you switch from an oral steroid (eg, prednisone) to fluticasone aerosol inhaler. It may take several months for your body to make enough natural steroids to handle events that cause physical stress. Such events may include injury, surgery, infection, loss of blood electrolytes, or a sudden asthma attack. These may be severe and sometimes fatal. Contact your doctor right away if any of these events occur. You may need to take an oral steroid (eg, prednisone) again. Carry a card at all times that says you may need an oral steroid (eg, prednisone) if any of these events occur.
  • Improvement may be noticeable within the first day or 2 of using fluticasone aerosol inhaler. However, you may need to use fluticasone aerosol inhaler for 1 to 2 weeks before the full benefit is achieved.
  • If your symptoms do not get better or if they get worse, check with your doctor.
  • Some patients may have trouble using fluticasone aerosol inhaler correctly. Some may also get mouth sores or a bad taste in the mouth after using it. If you have any of these problems, ask your health care provider if a spacing device may help.
  • Contact your health care provider at once if episodes of asthma that are not responsive to bronchodilators occur.
  • Contact your health care provider at once if signs of an infection occur.
  • If you have not had chickenpox, shingles, or measles, avoid contact with anyone who does.
  • Tell your doctor or dentist that you take fluticasone aerosol inhaler before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
  • Fluticasone aerosol inhaler is for oral inhalation only. Avoid spraying in the eyes.
  • Fluticasone aerosol inhaler should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 12 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • Corticosteroids may affect growth rate in CHILDREN and teenagers in some cases. They may need regular growth checks while they use fluticasone aerosol inhaler.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using fluticasone aerosol inhaler while you are pregnant. It is not known if fluticasone aerosol inhaler is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use fluticasone aerosol inhaler, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Contact your health care provider if WITHDRAWAL symptoms (joint or muscle pain, lack of energy, depression) occur.

Possible side effects of fluticasone aerosol inhaler:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Dry mouth; flu; headache; hoarseness; nasal discharge; runny nose; sinus swelling; sore throat; stuffy nose; upper respiratory tract infection.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); fainting; lack of energy; nausea; severe dizziness; slowed growth in children; sudden weight loss; tingling of the arms and legs; tiredness; vomiting; weakness; wheezing; white curd-like patches in the mouth.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of fluticasone aerosol inhaler:

Store fluticasone aerosol inhaler between 36 and 86 degrees F (2 and 30 degrees C). Protect from freezing. Store canister with mouthpiece down. Store away from heat and direct sunlight. Do not puncture, break, or burn the canister even if it appears to be empty. Contents are under pressure. Keep fluticasone aerosol inhaler out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about fluticasone aerosol inhaler, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Fluticasone aerosol inhaler is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about fluticasone aerosol inhaler. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: December 3, 2014
Database Edition 14.4.1.003
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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