What is Azmacort?Azmacort is used to help control and relieve asthma symptoms. But, this drug is not used to treat immediate asthma attacks (bronchospasms); for treatment of these, you must use a fast-acting inhaler.
What is the most important information I should know about Azmacort?Fungal infections of the mouth and throat may occur when taking Azmacort. This drug may cause a bronchospasm when receiving the dosage; if this happens, a fast-acting inhaler should be used to treat the episode. It is important to use Azmacort regularly at the intervals recommended by your doctor. Azmacort is not to be used as an emergency relief medicine in the case of an asthma attack.
Who should not take Azmacort?Do not begin treatment with Azmacort if you are allergic to any of its ingredients. This drug should not be used for the treatment of bronchospasms.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Azmacort?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Azmacort. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are nursing. Be sure to tell your doctor if you are currently taking or have been taking oral steroid therapy.
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: Each inhalation contains 100 micrograms (mcg) of medication. The usual recommended dose is 2 inhalations (200 mcg) given 3 to 4 times a day, or 4 inhalations (400 mcg) given twice daily. The maximum daily intake is 16 inhalations (1600 mcg).
Children 6 to 12 years: The usual recommended dose is 1 or 2 inhalations (100 to 200 mcg) given 3 to 4 times a day, or 2 to 4 inhalations (200 to 400 mcg) given twice daily. The maximum daily intake should not exceed 12 inhalations (1200 mcg).
How should I take Azmacort?You must shake the inhaler each time before each inhalation of medication. Breathe out to empty your lungs completely before using the inhaler. Press down firmly and steadily on the metal canister while breathing in slowly and deeply through your mouth only. Do not remove the inhaler from your mouth after breathing in the medication. Hold your breath for 10 seconds with the inhaler still in your mouth, then remove the inhaler and breathe out very slowly. Wait at least one minute between each inhalation. Read all the instructions on use and care of Azmacort thoroughly.
Keep track of your Azmacort use and dispose of the canister after 240 sprays, because after 240 doses the appropriate dose may not be delivered.
What should I avoid while taking Azmacort?If your mouth becomes sore or develops a rash, be sure to mention this to your doctor, but do not stop using your inhaler unless instructed to do so. Avoid increasing your prescribed dose if your condition does not improve without first consulting your doctor. Also, avoid using your inhaler after the expiration date on the label or box.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Azmacort?If Azmacort is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Azmacort with prednisone.
What are the possible side effects of Azmacort?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: back pain, flu symptoms, headache, sinus infection, sore throat, weight gain
Can I receive Azmacort if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?Talk to your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are nursing. The effects of Azmacort on pregnancy are unknown, and it may pass into breast milk.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Azmacort?If you miss a dose of Azmacort, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double your dose.
How should I store Azmacort?Keep your inhaler out of the reach of children, unless otherwise prescribed. Store Azmacort, including the metal canister, at room temperature. Protect Azmacort from freezing temperatures and direct sunlight.