What is Flovent
is a steroid. It prevents the release of substances in the
body that cause inflammation.
is used to prevent asthma attacks.
may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this
General medical information about Flovent
Flovent will not stop an asthma attack that has already
started. It is used to prevent attacks.
Do not use
more of this medication than is prescribed for you. Too
much may cause serious side effects.
on a regular basis for best results. It may take several
weeks to get the maximum effect of this medication.
It is very important that you use your fluticasone inhaler
properly, so that the medicine gets into your lungs. You
doctor may want you to use a spacer with your inhaler. Talk
to your doctor about proper inhaler use.
attention if you notice that you require more than your
usual or more than the maximum amount of any asthma medication
in a 24-hour period. An increased need for medication could
be an early sign of a serious asthma attack.
Who should not use Flovent
Before using this medication, tell your doctor if
you have a viral, bacterial, or fungal infection of any
kind. The absorption of this drug into your system can inhibit
your body's ability to fight off infections. You may not
be able to use Flovent if you have an infection.
Flovent will not stop an asthma attack that has already
started. It is used to prevent attacks. Do not use Flovent
to treat an asthma attack. If you are having an asthma attack
that is not responding to any treatment, seek emergency
Flovent is in the FDA pregnancy
C. This means that it is not known whether Flovent will
harm an unborn baby. Do not use this medication without
first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant.
It is not known whether fluticasone passes into breast milk.
Do not use Flovent without first talking to your doctor
if you are breastfeeding a baby.
How should you use Flovent Use Flovent exactly as directed by your doctor. Read
the information insert included with your inhaler. If you
do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist,
nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.
If you are
also using a bronchodilator such as albuterol (Proventil,
Ventolin), pirbuterol (Maxair), bitolterol (Tornalate),
or another, use the bronchodilator first, then use your
fluticasone inhaler. Using the medications in this order
will allow more fluticasone to reach your lungs.
Shake the inhaler several times and uncap the mouthpiece.
Breathe out fully. For best results, hold the inhaler, mouthpiece
down, 1 to 2 inches in front of your open mouth or attach
a spacer to the inhaler and place the spacer in your mouth,
above your tongue and past your teeth. Take a deep, slow
breath as you push down on the canister. Hold your breath
for 10 seconds, then exhale slowly. If you place your inhaler
directly into your mouth, you may not receive the correct
amount of medicine because it will be propelled onto the
back of your tongue and/or throat. If you do use your inhaler
directly in your mouth, be sure that it is above your tongue
and past your teeth.
If you are using the ROTADISK,
follow the instructions to load the DISKHALER with one ROTADISK
foil pack. Uncap the mouthpiece and check to make sure that
the mouthpiece is clean and free of foreign objects. Keeping
the DISKHALER level, lift up the back of the lid as far
as it will go until it is fully upright. This will pierce
the top and bottom of the blister. Then close the lid. When
you are ready to take a dose, breathe out fully and put
the mouthpiece into your mouth, being sure to keep the inhaler
level so that the medicine does not spill out. Close your
lips around the mouthpiece, being sure not to cover the
small holes on either side of it. Take in a steady, deep
breath. Hold your breath for up to 10 seconds or as long
as is comfortable. Turn the disk to the next number and
repeat this process if directed by your doctor to take more
than one inhalation with each dose. Replace the cover on
the mouthpiece after each dose.
To reduce the chance
of developing a yeast infection in your mouth, rinse your
mouth with water without swallowing after using Flovent.
It is very important that you use your fluticasone
inhaler properly, so that the medicine gets into your lungs.
Your doctor may want you to use a spacer with your inhaler.
Talk to your doctor about proper inhaler use.
not use more of this medication than is prescribed for you,
but use it consistently, as directed, even when you are
feeling better. It may be several weeks before you see the
effects of fluticasone. Talk to your doctor if your symptoms
do not improve or if they get worse.
will not stop an attack after it has started. It is used
to prevent attacks from occurring. Keep another medicine
on hand to treat attacks.
Seek medical attention
if you notice that you require more than your usual or more
than the maximum amount of any asthma medication in a 24-hour
period. An increased need for medication could be an early
sign of a serious asthma attack.
Continue to take
any oral steroid (pills or liquid) that your doctor has
prescribed for you. Flovent is not a substitute for an oral
If you are switching from an oral steroid
(pills or liquid) to Flovent, carry or wear identification
that will let others know that you may require a systemic
steroid during a severe asthma attack or during another
traumatic situation. Discuss with your doctor the precautions
necessary when discontinuing an oral steroid.
the inhaler in warm water as often as once a day to keep
it clean and unclogged.
Store this medication at
room temperature away from moisture and heat.
If you miss a dose: Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. However,
if it is almost time for your next regularly scheduled dose,
skip the missed dose and use the next one as directed. Do
not use a double dose of this medication.
What happens if you overdose: An overdose of this medication is not likely to occur.
If you do think an overdose has occurred, call an emergency
room or poison control center.
What should you avoid while using Flovent Avoid items or activities that you know are allergens
for you if they make your symptoms worse. Clean areas where dust or pet fur may aggravate your condition.
exposing yourself to known sources of infection. Stay away
from people with chicken pox, measles, or any other type
of infection. Your immune system may not be strong enough
to fight off an infection while you are using Flovent.
Possible side effects of Flovent Serious side effects from Flovent are not likely
to occur. If you experience any of the following serious
side effects, stop using Flovent and seek emergency medical
attention or notify your doctor immediately:
allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of your
throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives);
- numbness, tingling, or pain;
- a rash or
unexplained open sores or bruising; or
Other, less serious side effects
may be more likely to occur. Continue to take Flovent and
talk to your doctor if you experience
- dry mouth,
nose, or throat after use;
- yeast (or another) infection
in the mouth or throat (white patches);
or deepening of the voice, cough, or sore throat;
- increased pressure in the eyes, glaucoma,
or tearing of the eyes;
- headache or lightheadedness;
- unpleasant (or loss of) taste or smell;
decreased growth in children taking large doses; or
cataracts, which may develop after long-term use.
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur.
Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual
or that is especially bothersome.
What other drugs will affect Flovent Before using this medication, tell your doctor and
pharmacist about any other drugs you are taking. The use
of other oral, nasal, or inhaled steroids may increase the
chance of side effects or overdose.
other than those listed here may also interact with Flovent
or affect your condition. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist
before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines.