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FLOVENT
FLUTICASONE ORAL AEROSOL INHALER

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

FLUTICASONE ORAL AEROSOL INHALER

(flew-TICK-uh-sown)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Flovent

Uses

Inhaled corticosteroids work directly in the lungs to open airways and make breathing easier by relieving inflammation. This medication must be used regularly to prevent wheezing and shortness of breath caused by asthma, bronchitis or emphysema. This medication does not work immediately-therefore it does not relieve acute attacks.

How To Use

Make sure you understand how to use the inhaler properly. Shake the canister well before using. When using the inhaler for the first time, test the unit by spraying at least once into the air. A fine mist indicates that the inhaler is properly working. If the canister has a strap attached to the cap, leave this in place. It is recommended you use a spacer/holding chamber. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about this. If using without a spacing device, place the canister near your mouth and exhale. Depress the canister as you inhale deeply. Hold your breath for a few seconds to allow the drug to be absorbed. Shake the inhaler again before using. If two inhalations are prescribed, wait at least one minute between inhalations. If using other inhalers, wait several minutes between the use of the inhalers and use this one (the corticosteroid) last. Gargle and rinse your mouth after using to help prevent dryness, relieve throat irritation and to prevent oral yeast infections. Do not swallow the rinse solution. Use this medication exactly as prescribed. Do not use it more frequently without your doctor's approval.

Side Effects

May cause a cough, nasal congestion/pain, headache, unpleasant taste or hoarseness. If these continue or are bothersome, notify your doctor. Notify your doctor if you experience: a white-colored tongue or mouth, prolonged throat irritation. Very unlikely but report: breathing trouble, fever, rash, swelling of the hands or feet, vision changes. Contact your doctor if you experience any of the following signs of low steroid levels: unusual weakness, weight loss, nausea, vomiting, fainting, dizziness. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions

Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: any allergies, other illnesses/infections, recent exposure to contagious diseases (e.g., chickenpox), glaucoma, cataracts. If within the past 12 months you have switched from an oral corticosteroid (e.g., prednisone) to this inhaler, or if you had been using this product in higher-than-usual doses and suddenly stopped using it, your body may not produce enough natural steroids. You may need to start taking additional corticosteroids, especially if your body is stressed due to major infection, surgery or injury. Consult your doctor. If you cough up mucus that has thickened or changed color from clear white to yellow, green or gray, contact your doctor. These changes may be signs of infection. If you use a medicine to open your airways as directed during an asthma attack and your breathing does not improve, contact your doctor. Keep regular eye appointments to check for eye problems (rare) that may occur. This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is not known whether fluticasone is excreted into human milk. Because other corticosteroids are excreted, discuss the risks of breast-feeding with your doctor. Children and teenagers should be monitored for proper growth patterns while using any corticosteroid medicine.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of all nonprescription and prescription medication you may take, especially of: oral corticosteroids (e.g., dexamethasone, hydrocortisone, prednisone), all medications used for asthma. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.

Notes

Do not share this medication with others. Inform all your doctors you use (or have used) this medication.

Missed Dose

Use the missed dose as soon as remembered. Use the remaining doses for that day at evenly spaced intervals.

Storage

Store at room temperature between 36 and 86 degrees F (2-30 degrees C) away from sunlight and moisture. Keep from getting too cold or freezing.

Medical Alert

Your condition can cause complications in a medical emergency. For enrollment information call MedicAlert at 1-800-854-1166 (USA), or 1-800-668-1507 (Canada).