What is Flovent Diskus?Flovent Diskus contains a medicine called fluticasone propionate, which is a synthetic corticosteroid. Corticosteroids are natural substances found in the body that help fight inflammation. Corticosteroids are used to treat asthma because they reduce airway inflammation.
Flovent Diskus is used to treat asthma in patients 4 years of age and older. When inhaled regularly, Flovent Diskus also helps to prevent symptoms of asthma.
Flovent Diskus comes in 3 strengths. Your doctor has prescribed the one that is best for your condition.
What is the most important information I should know about Flovent Diskus?It's very important to keep taking Flovent Diskus regularly—every day—even if you do not feel any symptoms. Do not use Flovent Diskus as a fast-acting inhaler for sudden relief of symptoms. Flovent Diskus is intended for patients 4 years of age and older. You should supervise your child when he or she uses Flovent Diskus, following the instructions provided by your child's doctor.
Who should not take Flovent Diskus?Do not take this medication if you are allergic to Flovent Diskus or any of its ingredients, or any other orally inhaled corticosteroids.
Also, you should not take Flovent Diskus if you have an acute asthma attack or status asthmaticus.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Flovent Diskus?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medication you are taking before beginning treatment with Flovent HFA. Also talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you are exposed to chickenpox or measles, or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
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 and older: If you are currently using an inhaled bronchodilator, the usual starting dose is 100 mcg twice a day. The maximum dose is 500 mcg twice a day.
If you are currently using another steroid inhaler, the starting dose ranges from 100-250 mcg twice daily. The maximum dose is 500 mcg twice daily.
If you are taking oral steroid tablets, the doctor will start you at 500-1000 mcg twice a day. He/she will slowly decrease your dose of oral steroid tablets then lower your dose of Flovent Diskus. The maximum dose is 1000 mcg twice daily.
Children 4 to 11 years: If your child is currently using an inhaled bronchodilator only or is currently using another steroid inhaler, the usual starting dose is 50 mcg twice daily. The maximum dose is 100 mcg twice daily.
How should I take Flovent Diskus?When you first take out the Flovent Diskus out of the box and foil pouch, write the "pouch opened" and "use by" date on the label in the spaces provided on the Flovent Diskus. The use by date is 6 weeks from the date of opening the Flovent Diskus.
Hold the Diskus in one hand and put your thumb from your other hand on the thumbgrip. Push your thumb away from you as far as it goes until you see the mouthpiece and the outer case snaps into position. Hold the Diskus in a level, horizontal position with the mouthpiece towards you. Slide the lever away from you as far as it goes until it clicks. Breathe out as far as you can, holding the Diskus away from your mouth. Never breathe out into the mouthpiece. Put the mouthpiece to your lips. Breathe in quickly and deeply through the Diskus, and not your nose. Remove the inhaler from your mouth, and hold your breath for about 10 seconds or as long as you can. Then breathe out slowly. Close the Diskus shut by sliding your thumb back towards you until it clicks. Always wash your mouth out with water and spit out. Never swallow the water.
Flovent Diskus is a disposable oral inhaler that contains 60 inhalations. It must be kept dry. Do not wash it or attempt to take it apart. Always activate the inhaler in a level, horizontal position. Do not exhale into it and do not use a spacer device. Throw away the Flovent Diskus 6 weeks (for 50-mcg strength) or 2 months (for 100- and 250-mcg strengths) after you start using it or after all the blisters have been used (when the dose indicator reads "0"), whichever comes first.
What should I avoid while taking Flovent Diskus?Avoid activities or environments where you are exposed to allergens. Clean areas where dust or pet fur may make your asthma or allergies worse.
Avoid exposure 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 Diskus.
Avoid spraying the medication into your eyes. Never breathe into the inhalers. Avoid using expired medication because you will not receive the right amount of medicine if you keep using it.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Flovent Diskus?If Flovent Diskus is taken 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 Flovent Diskus with other corticosteroids, ketoconazole, or Ritonavir.
What are the possible side effects of Flovent Diskus?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: abdominal pain, aches and pains, anaphylactic reaction, bad taste in mouth, bronchitis, bruising, congestion, cough, depression, diarrhea, dizziness, dry nose, ear infection (more common in children), eye problems, fever, headache, hives, itching, loss of speech, mouth infection or swelling, nasal congestion, nasal irritation or burning, nasal sores, nausea, nosebleeds, rash, upper respiratory tract infection, runny nose, shortness of breath, sinus problems, sore or irritated throat, stunted growth, swelling of the face and tongue, vomiting, weight gain, wheezing, thrush (fungal infection in the mouth or throat)
Can I receive Flovent Diskus if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?The effects of Flovent Diskus 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 Flovent Diskus?If you miss a dose, just take your next scheduled dose when it is due. Do not double the dose.
How should I store Flovent Diskus?Store at room temperature.