Generic name: Fluticasone HFA Aerosol Inhaler (floo TIK a sone)
Brand name: Flovent HFA
Drug class: Inhaled corticosteroids
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Aug 1, 2020.
Uses of Fluticasone HFA Aerosol Inhaler:
- It is used to treat asthma.
- Do not use fluticasone HFA aerosol inhaler to treat an asthma attack. Use a rescue inhaler. Talk with your doctor.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Fluticasone HFA Aerosol Inhaler?
- If you have an allergy to fluticasone or any other part of fluticasone HFA aerosol inhaler.
- If you are allergic to fluticasone HFA aerosol inhaler; any part of fluticasone HFA aerosol inhaler; or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.
- If you take any drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) that must not be taken with fluticasone HFA aerosol inhaler, like certain drugs that are used for HIV, infections, or depression. There are many drugs that must not be taken with fluticasone HFA aerosol inhaler. Your doctor or pharmacist can tell you if you are taking a drug that must not be taken with fluticasone HFA aerosol inhaler.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with fluticasone HFA aerosol inhaler.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take fluticasone HFA aerosol inhaler with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Fluticasone HFA Aerosol Inhaler?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take fluticasone HFA aerosol inhaler. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Call your doctor right away if your breathing problems get worse, if your rescue inhaler does not work as well, or if you need to use your rescue inhaler more often.
- It may take a few weeks to see the full effect.
- If you have been taking fluticasone HFA aerosol inhaler for many weeks, talk with your doctor before stopping. You may want to slowly stop fluticasone HFA aerosol inhaler.
- You may have more chance of getting an infection. Wash hands often. Stay away from people with infections, colds, or flu.
- Chickenpox and measles can be very bad or even deadly in some people taking steroid drugs like fluticasone HFA aerosol inhaler. Avoid being near anyone with chickenpox or measles if you have not had these health problems before. If you have been exposed to chickenpox or measles, talk with your doctor.
- When changing from an oral steroid to another form of a steroid, there may be very bad and sometimes deadly side effects. Signs like weakness, feeling tired, dizziness, upset stomach, throwing up, not thinking clearly, or low blood sugar may happen. Call your doctor right away if you have any of these signs. If you have a bad injury, have surgery, or any type of infection, you may need extra doses of oral steroids. These extra steroids will help your body deal with these stresses. Carry a warning card saying that there may be times when you may need extra steroids.
- Long-term use may raise the chance of cataracts or glaucoma. Talk with the doctor.
- Have your eye pressure checked if you are on fluticasone HFA aerosol inhaler for a long time. Talk with your doctor.
- This medicine may cause weak bones (osteoporosis) with long-term use. Talk with your doctor to see if you have a higher chance of weak bones or if you have any questions.
- Have a bone density test as you have been told by your doctor. Talk with your doctor.
- Use with care in children. Talk with the doctor.
- This medicine may affect growth in children and teens in some cases. They may need regular growth checks. Talk with the doctor.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using fluticasone HFA aerosol inhaler while you are pregnant.
- Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
How is this medicine (Fluticasone HFA Aerosol Inhaler) best taken?
Use fluticasone HFA aerosol inhaler as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- Keep using fluticasone HFA aerosol inhaler as you have been told by your doctor or other health care provider, even if you feel well.
- Use fluticasone HFA aerosol inhaler at the same time of day.
- For breathing in only.
- Rinse out mouth after each use. Do not swallow the rinse water. Spit it out.
- If you are using more than 1 inhaled drug, ask the doctor which drug to use first.
- Shake well before use.
- Prime before first use by shaking well for 5 seconds and then spraying into the air. Do this again 3 more times. If the inhaler has not been used for more than 7 days or is dropped, shake well for 5 seconds and then spray into the air 1 time.
- Do not get fluticasone HFA aerosol inhaler in the eyes.
- Put the cap back on after you are done using your dose.
- A spacer may be used with the inhaler for easy use.
- Do not use near an open flame or while smoking. It may burst.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- Skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
- Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Signs of infection like fever, chills, very bad sore throat, ear or sinus pain, cough, more sputum or change in color of sputum, pain with passing urine, mouth sores, or wound that will not heal.
- Signs of a weak adrenal gland like a very bad upset stomach or throwing up, very bad dizziness or passing out, muscle weakness, feeling very tired, mood changes, not hungry, or weight loss.
- Signs of Cushing's disease like weight gain in the upper back or belly, moon face, very bad headache, or slow healing.
- Feeling very tired, weak, or touchy; trembling; having a fast heartbeat, confusion, sweating, or dizziness if you missed a dose or recently stopped fluticasone HFA aerosol inhaler.
- Redness or white patches in mouth or throat.
- Bone or joint pain.
- Change in eyesight.
- Change in voice.
- Trouble speaking.
- This medicine can cause very bad breathing problems right after you take a dose. Sometimes, this may be life-threatening. If you have trouble breathing, breathing that is worse, wheezing, or coughing after using fluticasone HFA aerosol inhaler, use a rescue inhaler and get medical help right away.
What are some other side effects of Fluticasone HFA Aerosol Inhaler?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
- Feeling tired or weak.
- Nose and throat irritation.
- Flu-like signs.
- Runny nose.
- Nose stuffiness.
- Upset stomach or throwing up.
- Muscle pain.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-332-1088. You may also report side effects at https://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
How do I store and/or throw out Fluticasone HFA Aerosol Inhaler?
- Store at room temperature. Do not freeze.
- Some inhalers have a dose counter to keep track of how many doses are left. If your inhaler has a dose counter, throw the inhaler away when the dose counter reaches "0."
- Protect from heat or open flame. Do not puncture or burn even if it seems empty.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
Consumer information use
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about fluticasone HFA aerosol inhaler, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
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