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Flovent HFA

Generic Name: fluticasone inhalation (floo TIK a zone)
Brand Name: ArmonAir RespiClick 113, Arnuity Ellipta, Flovent Diskus, Flovent HFA

Medically reviewed on Jul 17, 2018

What is Flovent HFA?

Fluticasone is a steroid. It prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation.

Flovent HFA is used to prevent asthma attacks. Flovent HFA will not treat an asthma attack that has already begun. This medicine is sometimes used together with steroid medicine taken by mouth.

Flovent brands of fluticasone inhalation are for use in adults and children who are at least 4 years old. The Arnuity Ellipta and ArmonAir brands are for adults and children who are at least 12 years old.

Fluticasone may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Important Information

Flovent HFA is not a rescue medicine for asthma attacks. Seek medical attention if your breathing problems get worse quickly, or if you think your asthma medications are not working as well.

You should not use the inhalation powder if you are allergic to milk proteins.

Before taking this medicine

You should not use Flovent HFA if you are allergic to fluticasone. Do not use the inhalation powder (ArmonAir RespiClick, Arnuity Ellipta or Flovent Diskus) if you are allergic to milk proteins.

Do not use Flovent HFA to treat an asthma attack that has already begun.

Tell your doctor if you have ever had:

Long-term use of steroids may lead to bone loss (osteoporosis), especially if you smoke, if you do not exercise, if you do not get enough vitamin D or calcium in your diet, or if you have a family history of osteoporosis. Talk with your doctor about your risk.

It is not known whether this medicine will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

It may not be safe to breast-feed while using this medicine. Ask your doctor about any risk.

Flovent HFA is not approved for use by anyone younger than 4 years old. Arnuity Ellipta and ArmonAir are not approved for anyone younger than 12 years old.

How should I use Flovent HFA?

Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Use the medicine exactly as directed.

Flovent HFA is not a rescue medicine for asthma attacks. Use only fast-acting inhalation medicine for an attack. Seek medical attention if your breathing problems get worse quickly, or if you think your asthma medications are not working as well.

Flovent is a liquid form of fluticasone used with an inhaler device. This device creates a spray that you inhale through your mouth and into your lungs.

Flovent Diskus, ArmonAir, and Arnuity Ellipta are powder forms of fluticasone that come with a special inhaler device preloaded with blister packs containing measured doses of fluticasone. The device opens and loads a blister of fluticasone each time you use the inhaler.

Read and carefully follow any Instructions for Use provided with your medicine. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you do not understand these instructions.

Do not allow a young child to use this medicine without help from an adult.

Your dose needs may change if you have surgery, are ill, are under stress, or have recently had an asthma attack. Do not change your medication dose or schedule without your doctor's advice.

To reduce the chance of developing a yeast infection in your mouth, rinse with water (but do not swallow) after using this medicine. Pay special attention to your dental hygiene. Fluticasone can cause cavities or tooth discoloration.

If you also use an oral steroid medication, you should not stop using it suddenly. Follow your doctor's instructions about tapering your dose.

In case of emergency, wear or carry medical identification to let others know you may need an oral steroid in an emergency.

Your doctor will need to check your progress on a regular basis. Your vision may also need to be checked at regular intervals.

Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 2 weeks of treatment, or if symptoms get worse. If you use a peak flow meter at home, call your doctor if your numbers are lower than normal.

You should not stop using Flovent HFA suddenly. Stopping suddenly may make your condition worse.

Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.

Store the powder forms in the unopened foil pouch or tray until ready to use. Throw away any unused medicine when the inhalations counter on your inhaler device shows "0."

Store the Flovent HFA canister with the mouthpiece down. Keep the canister away from open flame or high heat, such as in a car on a hot day. The canister may explode if it gets too hot. Do not puncture or burn an empty inhaler canister.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Skip the missed dose and use your next dose at the regular time. Do not use two doses at one time.

If you use Arnuity Ellipta, do not use more than 1 inhalation per day.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

An overdose of fluticasone is not expected to produce life threatening symptoms. Long term use of high doses can lead to thinning skin, easy bruising, changes in body fat (especially in your face, neck, back, and waist), increased acne or facial hair, menstrual problems, impotence, or loss of interest in sex.

What should I avoid while using Flovent HFA?

Avoid being near people who are sick or have infections. Call your doctor for preventive treatment if you are exposed to chickenpox or measles. These conditions can be serious or even fatal in people who are using steroid medicine.

Flovent HFA side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • weakness, tired feeling, nausea, vomiting, feeling like you might pass out;

  • wheezing, choking, or other breathing problems after using Flovent HFA;

  • blurred vision, tunnel vision, eye pain, or seeing halos around lights;

  • worsening of your asthma symptoms;

  • blood vessel inflammation--fever, cough, stomach pain, weight loss, skin rash, severe tingling, numbness, chest pain; or

  • liver problems--upper stomach pain, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).

Fluticasone can affect growth in children. Tell your doctor if your child is not growing at a normal rate while using this medicine.

Common side effects may include:

  • cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat, sinus pain;

  • low fever, cough, wheezing, chest tightness;

  • hoarseness or deepened voice;

  • white patches or sores inside your mouth or on your lips;

  • headache; or

  • nausea, vomiting, upset stomach.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect Flovent HFA?

Sometimes it is not safe to use certain medications at the same time. Some drugs can affect your blood levels of other drugs you take, which may increase side effects or make the medications less effective.

Tell your doctor about all your other medicines, especially:

  • an antibiotic;

  • antifungal medicine;

  • antiviral medicine to treat HIV or AIDS; or

  • steroid medicine.

This list is not complete. Other drugs may affect fluticasone, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible drug interactions are listed here.

Further information

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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