FLOVENT 50MCG DISKUS (60 ORAL INH)   Enlarge image

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Drug Information For:

FLOVENT 50MCG DISKUS (60 ORAL INH)

Ingredient Name:

FLUTICASONE (floo-TIK-a-sone)

Drug Manufacturer:

GLAXO SMITH KLINE

Common Uses:

This medicine is a corticosteroid used to prevent or reduce the frequency and seriousness of asthma attacks. This medicine will NOT help to stop an asthma attack once one starts.

Before Using This Medicine:

Some medicines or medical conditions may interact with this medicine. INFORM YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST of all prescription and over-the-counter medicine that you are taking. Inform your doctor of any other medical conditions such as: glaucoma, cataracts, and any illnesses or infections. Inform your doctor of any recent exposure to contagious diseases such as chickenpox or measles. Also, tell your doctor about any allergies, pregnancy, or breast-feeding. USE OF THIS MEDICINE in children under age 4 is not recommended. Discuss with your doctor the risks and benefits of giving this medicine to your child. Contact your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns about taking this medicine.

How to Use This Medicine:

Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. THIS MEDICINE MAY COME WITH an instruction leaflet. Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist any questions that you may have about this medicine. IF YOU USE 2 INHALATIONS FOR A DOSE, use the first and wait at least 30 seconds before using the second inhalation. Rinse your mouth out or gargle with water after using this medicine to prevent mouth sores or a bad aftertaste. STORE THIS MEDICINE at room temperature below 77 degrees F (25 degrees C) away from heat, moisture, or light. IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF THIS MEDICINE, use it as soon as possible, then go back to your regular dosing schedule.

Cautions:

DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE if you have had an allergic reaction to it or are allergic to any ingredient in this product. THIS MEDICINE WILL NOT STOP AN ASTHMA ATTACK once one has started. IF YOU ARE ALSO USING A BRONCHODILATOR INHALER, be sure to always carry the inhaler with you to use during asthma attacks. AFTER YOU BEGIN USING THIS MEDICINE, a few weeks may pass before the full benefit is obtained. Continue to use it as directed during this time. IMPORTANT: If you have switched from an oral corticosteroid (e.g., prednisone tablets) to this inhaler within the past 12 months, 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 infections such as stomach infections (gastroenteritis), surgery, or injury. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for specific advice regarding stress situations. Seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of the following signs of low steroid levels: unusual weakness, sudden weight loss, vomiting, fainting, or severe dizziness. BEFORE YOU HAVE ANY MEDICAL OR DENTAL TREATMENTS, EMERGENCY CARE, OR SURGERY, tell the doctor or dentist that you are using this medicine. KEEP ALL DOCTOR AND LABORATORY APPOINTMENTS while you are using this medicine. Avoid exposure to chickenpox and measles. BEFORE YOU BEGIN TAKING ANY NEW MEDICINE, either prescription or over-the-counter, check with your doctor or pharmacist. THIS MEDICINE MAY AFFECT GROWTH RATE in children. Your child's growth should be checked regularly while using this medicine. FOR WOMEN: IF YOU PLAN ON BECOMING PREGNANT, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using this medicine during pregnancy. IT IS UNKNOWN IF THIS MEDICINE IS EXCRETED in breast milk. IF YOU ARE OR WILL BE BREAST-FEEDING while you are using this medicine, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible Side Effects:

SIDE EFFECTS that may occur while taking this medicine include dry mouth, hoarseness, or irritated throat. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE if you experience white curd-like patches in mouth or rash. CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY if you experience numbness or tingling of arms and legs. AN ALLERGIC REACTION to this medicine is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, or increased trouble breathing.If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your healthcare provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Overdose:

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

Additional Information:

If your symptoms do not improve after regular use of this medicine or if your asthma becomes worse, contact your doctor. If you switched from oral corticosteroids (e.g., prednisone tablets) to an inhaler within the last 12 months, carry a warning card or medical ID bracelet that identifies your possible need of supplemental steroids during periods of stress or a severe asthma attack. THIS MEDICINE MAY AFFECT the growth rate in children and teenagers. They should have regular growth checks while they are use this medicine. CLEAN THE MOUTHPIECE weekly with a clean, dry tissue or cloth. Do not wash the inhaler or put any part of it in water. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions about using or cleaning your inhaler. If you are using this medicine with a SPACING DEVICE, follow the directions provided by your doctor. DO NOT SHARE THIS MEDICINE with others for whom it was not prescribed. DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE for other health conditions. KEEP THIS MEDICINE out of the reach of children and pets. ALWAYS HAVE A SPARE INHALER available in case the unit malfunctions or is empty. IF USING THIS MEDICINE FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME, obtain refills before your supply runs out.

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