What is this medication and its most common uses?Asmanex Twisthaler is a medicine used to treat asthma.
What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?How does this medication work?
Asmanex Twisthaler works by decreasing inflammation in your lungs.
This medication is not used for emergency or immediate treatment of symptoms of asthma. Always have a short-acting rescue inhaler (such as albuterol) to treat sudden symptoms.
What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?
What: Asmanex Twisthaler has been shown to improve your lung function, and may help prevent and control asthma symptoms, such as wheezing and shortness of breath. Asmanex Twisthaler may also reduce the number of times you need your rescue inhaler.
When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you use Asmanex Twisthaler exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.
How do I know it is working?
You may feel an improvement in your breathing once you begin using Asmanex Twisthaler. Your healthcare provider may perform tests to check your lung function and ask you questions to assess how well your symptoms are controlled.
What are the possible side effects of this medication?The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.
More common side effects may include: headache, nasal allergy symptoms, sore throat, upper respiratory infection, sinus pain and congestion, fungal infection in your mouth and throat, muscle and bone pain, back pain, upset stomach.
Less common side effects may include:
Serious allergic reactions, with symptoms such as rash; itching; or swelling of your face, lips, or tongue.
Weakened immune system and a higher chance of infections.
Weakened bones, especially if you already have a higher risk for low bone density.
Slowed growth in children.
Eye problems, including glaucoma (high pressure in the eye) and cataracts.
Sudden breathing problems right after inhaling your medicine.
Who should not take this medication?Do not use Asmanex Twisthaler if you are allergic to it, any of its ingredients, or to milk proteins.
Do not use Asmanex Twisthaler to treat sudden, severe symptoms of asthma (such as an asthma attack).
What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Asmanex Twisthaler. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have tuberculosis (a bacterial infection that affects the lungs) or any type of infection (including an eye infection), or had chickenpox or measles or have recently been near anyone who has chickenpox or measles.
What is the usual dosage?The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.
Adults and children ≥12 years: Your healthcare provider will prescribe the appropriate dose for you or your child based on your previous asthma medicines.
Children 4-11 years: The recommended starting dose is 110 micrograms once a day in the evening.
Your healthcare provider may adjust your or your child's dose as needed, until the desired effects are achieved.
How should I take this medication?Use Asmanex Twisthaler exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not use it more often or stop using it without first talking to your healthcare provider.
When you use Asmanex Twisthaler, inhale rapidly and deeply, and do not breathe out through the inhaler.
After each dose, rinse your mouth with water and spit it out. Do not swallow the water. Throw away Asmanex Twisthaler 45 days after you remove it from the foil overwrap pouch or when the dose counter reads "00," whichever comes first.
Please review the instructions that came with your prescription on how to properly use your inhaler.
What should I avoid while taking this medication?Do not come in contact with anyone who has chickenpox or measles while you are using Asmanex Twisthaler.
What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?If Asmanex Twisthaler is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your healthcare provider before combining Asmanex Twisthaler with ketoconazole.
May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?The effects of Asmanex Twisthaler during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?If you miss a dose of Asmanex Twisthaler, use it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not inhale two doses at once.
How should I store this medication?Store at room temperature, in a dry place.
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