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Aerobid Side Effects

Generic Name: flunisolide

Note: This document contains side effect information about flunisolide. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Aerobid.

For the Consumer

Applies to flunisolide: inhalation aerosol liquid, inhalation aerosol powder

Along with its needed effects, flunisolide (the active ingredient contained in Aerobid) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking flunisolide:

More common
  • Body aches or pain
  • congestion
  • cough
  • dryness or soreness of the throat
  • fever
  • headache
  • hoarseness
  • pain or tenderness around the eyes and cheekbones
  • shortness of breath or troubled breathing
  • sneezing
  • stuffy or runny nose
  • tender, swollen glands in the neck
  • tightness of the chest or wheezing
  • trouble with swallowing
  • voice changes
Less common
  • Bladder pain
  • blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
  • bloating or swelling of the face, arms, hands, lower legs, or feet
  • bloody nose
  • bloody or cloudy urine
  • blurred vision
  • chest pain
  • chills
  • cough producing mucus
  • diarrhea
  • difficult, burning, or painful urination
  • dizziness
  • fast, irregular, pounding, or racing heartbeat or pulse
  • frequent urge to urinate
  • general feeling of discomfort or illness
  • hives
  • itching
  • joint or muscle pain
  • lower back or side pain
  • nervousness
  • pounding in the ears
  • puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
  • rapid weight gain
  • red, irritated eyes
  • skin rash
  • slow heartbeat
  • sore mouth or tongue
  • sores, ulcers, or white spots in the mouth or on the lips
  • sweating
  • swelling
  • tingling of the hands or feet
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • unusual weight gain or loss
Incidence not known
  • Creamy white, curd-like patches in the mouth or throat
  • darkening of the skin
  • discouragement
  • fainting
  • feeling sad or empty
  • irritability
  • loss of appetite
  • loss of interest or pleasure
  • loss of strength or energy
  • muscle weakness
  • nausea
  • pain when eating or swallowing
  • trouble concentrating
  • trouble sleeping
  • vomiting

Some side effects of flunisolide may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

Less common
  • Abdominal or stomach fullness
  • acid or sour stomach
  • appetite changes
  • bad, unusual, or unpleasant (after) taste
  • belching
  • blemishes on the skin
  • burning, dry, or itching eyes
  • change in taste
  • constipation
  • cramps
  • difficulty with moving
  • discharge or excessive tearing
  • dizziness or lightheadedness
  • ear pain
  • fear
  • feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings
  • gas
  • headache, severe and throbbing
  • heartburn
  • heavy bleeding
  • indigestion
  • irritability
  • itching of the vagina or genital area
  • loss of smell or taste
  • muscle aching or cramping
  • muscle stiffness
  • pain during sexual intercourse
  • pain in the neck
  • pimples
  • redness, pain, or swelling of the eye, eyelid, or inner lining of the eyelid
  • restlessness
  • sensation of spinning
  • shakiness
  • skin rash, encrusted, scaly, and oozing
  • stomach discomfort, upset, or pain
  • swollen joints
  • thick, white vaginal discharge with no odor or with a mild odor
  • trouble sitting still
  • trouble sleeping
  • upset stomach

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to flunisolide: compounding powder, inhalation aerosol, inhalation aerosol with adapter

General

The most commonly reported adverse reactions include pharyngitis, rhinitis, headache, sinusitis, and increased cough.[Ref]

Respiratory

Very common (10% or more): Pharyngitis (up to 17.5%), rhinitis (up to 15.7%)
Common (1% to 10%): Increased cough, sinusitis, epistaxis, bronchitis, laryngitis, voice alteration, cold symptoms, nasal congestion, sinus drainage, sinus infection, sneezing, sputum, wheezing, bronchospasm, dyspnea, head stuffiness, nasal irritation, sinus discomfort, sore throat, dry throat[Ref]

Gastrointestinal

Common (1% to 10%): Vomiting, dyspepsia, abdominal pain, diarrhea, gastroenteritis, nausea, oral moniliasis, upset stomach, heartburn, constipation, gas, abdominal fullness, glossitis, mouth irritation, phlegm[Ref]

Nervous system

Very common (10% or more): Headache (up to 13.8%)
Common (1% to 10%): Migraine, taste perversion, weakness, numbness, hyperactivity[Ref]

Musculoskeletal

Common (1% to 10%): Neck pain, myalgia
Frequency not reported: Decreased bone mineral density; reduction in growth velocity[Ref]

Ocular

Common (1% to 10%): Blurred vision, eye discomfort, eye infection
Frequency not reported: Glaucoma, increased intraocular pressure, cataracts[Ref]

Dermatologic

Common (1% to 10%): Erythema multiforme, sweating, eczema, pruritus, acne, urticaria

Cardiovascular

Common (1% to 10%): Chest pain, edema, palpitations, tachycardia, hypertension[Ref]

Genitourinary

Common (1% to 10%): Urinary tract infection, dysmenorrhea, vaginitis[Ref]

Hematologic

Common (1% to 10%): Enlarged lymph nodes, capillary fragility[Ref]

Hypersensitivity

Common (1% to 10%): Allergic reaction[Ref]

Metabolic

Common (1% to 10%): Decreased appetite, increased appetite, weight gain[Ref]

Other

Common (1% to 10%): Ear pain, chills, malaise, vertigo, fatigue, loss of smell, ear infection[Ref]

Psychiatric

Common (1% to 10%): Insomnia, irritability, shakiness, anxiety, depression, moodiness, hypoactivity[Ref]

References

1. "Product Information. Aerospan (flunisolide)." Meda Pharmaceuticals, Somerset, NJ.

Some side effects of Aerobid may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.

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