What is Flovent HFA?Flovent HFA is a corticosteroid. Corticosteroids are natural substances found in the body that help fight inflammation and are used to treat asthma because they reduce airway inflammation. When inhaled regularly, Flovent HFA also helps to prevent symptoms of asthma.
What is the most important information I should know about Flovent HFA?It may take 1-2 weeks or longer for this medicine to work. It is very important to keep taking Flovent HFA regularly--every day--even if you do not feel any symptoms.
Flovent HFA is intended for patients ≥4 years of age. Flovent HFA may slow the rate of growth in children. You should supervise your child when he or she uses Flovent HFA, following the instructions provided by your child's doctor.
Patients who use inhaled steroid medications such, as Flovent HFA, may develop a fungal infection of the mouth or throat. It is very important to rinse your mouth every time after using Flovent HFA to prevent such fungal infections. Flovent can suppress the immune system making it difficult for your body to fight infections. Therefore, it is important to avoid exposure to chickenpox and measles when taking Flovent HFA.
If you are being switched from an oral corticosteroid to an inhaled corticosteroid, such as Flovent HFA, you should be followed closely by your doctor. Your oral corticosteroid dose may have to be decreased slowly after switching to Flovent HFA.
Flovent HFA will not stop an asthma attack that has already started. It is used to prevent attacks. Therefore, you should always have a short-acting, "rescue" inhaler, such as an albuterol inhaler.
Who should not take Flovent HFA?Do not take this medication if you are allergic to Flovent HFA or any of its ingredients, or any other orally inhaled corticosteroids. Also, you should not take Flovent HFA if you are having an acute asthma attack.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Flovent HFA?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Flovent HFA. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have been exposed to chickenpox or measles, have impaired liver function, 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: If you are currently using an inhaled bronchodilator, the recommended starting dose is 88 micrograms (mcg) twice a day. The maximum dose is 440 mcg twice a day. Your doctor will adjust your dose as necessary, if you are currently taking or switching from other steroid medications.
Children 4 to 11 years: The recommended starting dose is 88 mcg twice a day, regardless of prior therapy. The maximum daily dose is 88 mcg twice a day.
How should I take Flovent HFA?For the proper use of Flovent HFA and to attain maximum improvement, read and follow the "Instructions for Use" in the Medication Guide accompanying the product. Prime the inhaler before using it for the first time by releasing four test sprays into the air away from your face, shaking well for 5 seconds before each spray. In cases where the inhaler has not been used for more than 7 days or when it has been dropped, prime the inhaler again. After you finish taking your dose, rinse your mouth with water and spit it out. Do not swallow.
Clean the inhaler at least once a week after the evening dose.
When the counter on the inhaler reads "020," you should refill your Flovent HFA or ask your doctor if you need another refill. When the counter reads "000," throw it out because you will not receive the right amount of medicine if you keep using it.
If you are using other inhaled medicines, ask your doctor for instructions on when to use it while using Flovent HFA.
What should I avoid while taking Flovent HFA?Do not inhale more doses or use your Flovent HFA more often than your doctor has prescribed.
Avoid exposure to known sources of infection. Stay away from people with chickenpox, measles, or any other type of infection.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Flovent HFA?If Flovent HFA 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 HFA with other corticosteroids, ketoconazole, or ritonavir.
What are the possible side effects of Flovent HFA?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: cold, headache, sinus infection, throat irritation, thrush (a fungal infection in the mouth, throat and tongue), upper respiratory tract infection
Side effects more common in children may include: bronchitis (inflammation of the air passages within the lungs), diarrhea, ear infection, fever, inflammation of the nose and throat, viral infection, vomiting
Can I receive Flovent HFA if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?The effects of Flovent HFA 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 HFA?If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If you do not remember until it is time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not take two doses at once.
How should I store Flovent HFA?Store at room temperature with the mouthpiece facing downward.
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