Aerospan

Generic Name: Flunisolide

  • What is Aerospan?

    Aerospan is an inhaled medicine used to control and prevent the symptoms of asthma. Aerospan contains an anti-inflammatory corticosteroid medication that can help decrease inflammation in the lungs.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Aerospan?

    Aerospan is not used for the relief of sudden episodes of bronchospasm (airway narrowing). Use this medication regularly, even if you have no symptoms.

    It may take two or more weeks after starting Aerospan for your asthma symptoms to improve. Tell your doctor immediately if your symptoms get worse or do not improve after 4 weeks. Also, tell your doctor immediately if you experience bronchospasm or wheezing after using Aerospan, and if the symptoms do not respond to immediate relief medicine (such as albuterol), or you require more immediate relief medicine than usual.

    Tell your doctor if you experience symptoms such as tiredness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, or low blood pressure. Aerospan can slow the growth in children, lower the bone mineral density in adults, or cause eye problems, such as glaucoma (high pressure in the eye) or cataracts.

    Do not change your dose or take Aerospan more frequently than prescribed without first speaking with your doctor. Also, do not abruptly stop taking this medication. When your doctor lowers your dose gradually to withdraw this medication, you may experience withdrawal symptoms (such as joint or muscle pain, weakness, or depression).

    Aerospan can increase your risk of getting infections. Aerospan should be used carefully if you have active tuberculosis (a bacterial infection that affects the lungs), fungal, bacterial, parasitic, or viral infections. Tell your doctor immediately if you have been exposed to someone with chickenpox or measles. Also, Aerospan can cause localized fungal infections of the mouth, throat, or larynx (voice box). Tell your doctor if you suspect a fungal infection in those areas.

  • Who should not take Aerospan?

    Do not use Aerospan if you have a severe asthma attack, or if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Aerospan?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Aerospan. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have any infections or eye problems, have been around anyone with chickenpox or measles, or are planning on having surgery.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults and adolescents ≥12 years: The recommended starting dose is 160 micrograms (mcg) twice a day.

    Children 6-11 years: The recommended starting dose is 80 mcg twice a day.

  • How should I take Aerospan?

    Use Aerospan exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Prime your Aerospan inhaler before using it for the first time or if you have not used it for more than 2 weeks by releasing two sprays into the air. Begin inhalation immediately prior to actuation. Do not take extra doses or use it more often without asking your doctor. Also, do not stop this medication abruptly. Discard the whole unit, including the canister, purple actuator, and gray spacer when all of the labeled number of actuations has been used.

    Please review the instructions that came with your prescription on how to properly use your inhalation device.

  • What should I avoid while taking Aerospan?

    Do not use Aerospan with an external spacer. Also, do not use the Aerospan actuator with a canister of medicine from any other inhaler, and do not use an Aerospan canister with an actuator from any other inhaler.

    Do not remove the gray spacer from the purple actuator. Do not bite or chew the gray spacer.

    Do not puncture your Aerospan canister. The contents of the canister are under pressure.

    Do not use or store Aerospan near heat, open flame, or fire. Exposure to high temperatures can cause bursting.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Aerospan?

    No significant interactions have been reported with Aerospan at this time. However, always tell your doctor about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

  • What are the possible side effects of Aerospan?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: allergic reactions; back pain; cough; eye problems; fever; headache; infections; inflammation of the nose, sinus, or throat; lower bone mineral density; nose bleed; pain; rash; slowed growth in children; upset stomach; vomiting; wheezing

  • Can I receive Aerospan if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Aerospan during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Aerospan?

    If you miss a dose of Aerospan, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.

  • How should I store Aerospan?

    Store at room temperature. Do not expose to freezing temperatures or prolonged exposure to sunlight.