Flovent HFA

Generic Name: Fluticasone

  • What is this medication and its most common uses?

    Flovent HFA is a medicine used to treat asthma.

  • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

    How does this medication work?

    Flovent HFA 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: Flovent HFA has been shown to improve your lung function and your asthma symptoms (such as wheezing and shortness of breath).

    When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you use Flovent HFA 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 Flovent HFA. 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: a cold or upper respiratory tract infection, throat irritation, sinus pain and congestion, hoarseness or voice changes, fungal infection in your mouth and throat, cough, bronchitis, headache.

    Less common side effects may include:

    Weakened immune system and a higher chance of infections.

    Adrenal insufficiency (a disorder where the body does not make enough of certain hormones), with symptoms such as tiredness, weakness, nausea and vomiting, or low blood pressure.

    Serious allergic reactions, with symptoms such as swelling of your face, throat, and tongue; hives; rash; or breathing problems.

    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 Flovent HFA if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

    Do not use Flovent HFA 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 Flovent HFA. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have liver problems; have been 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 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 adolescents ≥12 years: Your healthcare provider will prescribe the appropriate dose for you based on your previous asthma medication.

    Children 4-11 years: The recommended starting dose is 88 micrograms twice a day.

    Your healthcare provider may adjust your or your child's dose appropriately.

  • How should I take this medication?

    Use Flovent HFA exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not use it more often or stop using it without first talking to your healthcare provider.

    Use Flovent HFA on a regular basis.

    After each dose, rinse your mouth with water and spit it out. Do not swallow the water.

    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 spray Flovent HFA in your eyes.

    Do not come in contact with anyone who has chickenpox or measles while you are using Flovent HFA.

  • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

    If Flovent HFA 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 Flovent HFA with the following: atazanavir, clarithromycin, indinavir, itraconazole, ketoconazole, nefazodone, nelfinavir, ritonavir, saquinavir, or telithromycin.

  • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Flovent HFA 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 Flovent HFA, 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, with the mouthpiece down. Do not store near heat or an open flame.

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