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Drug Information For:
FLOVENT 250MCG 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 and control symptoms of asthma. This medicine will NOT help to stop an asthma attack once one started. It may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
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. ADDITIONAL MONITORING OF YOUR DOSE OR CONDITION may be needed if you are taking azole antifungals (eg, ketoconazole), clarithromycin, conivaptan, nefazodone, protease inhibitors (eg, ritonavir), telithromycin, or troleandomycin. DO NOT START OR STOP any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval. Inform your doctor of any other medical conditions, including liver problems; eye problems (eg, glaucoma, cataracts); a bacterial, fungal, or parasitic infection; a viral infection (eg, measles, chickenpox, shingles); tuberculosis (TB); ); a history of a positive TB skin test; herpes infection in the eye; allergies; pregnancy; or breast-feeding. Tell your doctor if you have weak bones (osteoporosis) or have risk factors of osteoporosis (eg, a family history of osteoporosis, tobacco use, long-term alcohol use, long-term use of corticosteroids or certain seizure medicines, limited physical exercise, poor nutrition). Tell your doctor if you have an immune system problem or if you are taking a medicine to suppress the immune system (eg, tacrolimus); or if you have had a recent vaccination. USE OF THIS MEDICINE IS NOT RECOMMENDED if you are having an asthma attack. 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. THIS MEDICINE IS FOR ORAL INHALATION ONLY. Do NOT use this medicine with a spacer. Rinse your mouth out with water after using this medicine to prevent mouth sores or a bad aftertaste. Do NOT swallow the rinse solution. Spit the rinse water out. STORE THIS MEDICINE at room temperature between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C) away from direct sunlight, heat, and moisture. STORE IN THE FOIL OVER-WRAP until you are ready to use. THE INHALATION DEVICE is not reusable. Do not try to take the inhaler apart. DIFFERENT BRANDS OF THIS MEDICINE can be used for different amounts of time after the foil over-wrap is opened. Be sure you know how long you can use your brand after opening. Throw away this medicine after this amount of time you are told or when the counter reads "0", whichever comes first. DO NOT PUNCTURE any of the blisters until you are ready to take a dose. KEEP THIS MEDICINE out of the reach of children and away from pets. USE THIS MEDICINE on a regular schedule to get the most benefit from it IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF THIS MEDICINE, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do NOT use 2 doses at once.
Cautions:DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE if you are allergic to any ingredient in this medicine or to milk proteins. Lab and/or medical tests may be performed to monitor your progress or to check for side effects. KEEP ALL DOCTOR AND LABORATORY APPOINTMENTS while you are using this medicine. Tell your doctor or dentist that you take this medicine before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery. THIS MEDICINE WILL NOT STOP an asthma attack once one has started. Always have a rescue inhaler (eg, albuterol) with you to use during an asthma attack. If you do not have a rescue inhaler or you have any questions about which medicines should be used during an asthma attack, check with your doctor or pharmacist. IF YOU HAVE BEEN REGULARLY using a rescue inhaler, talk with your doctor about how to use it with this medicine. Rescue inhalers are normally only used with this medicine to treat breathing problems that may occur between doses. TELL YOUR DOCTOR AT ONCE if you notice your rescue inhaler does not work as well, if you need to use it more often than normal, or if you have a decrease in your peak meter flow results. 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. USE CAUTION IF YOU SWITCH FROM an oral steroid (eg, prednisone) to this medicine. It may take several months for your body to make enough natural steroids to handle events that cause physical stress. Such events may include injury, surgery, infection, loss of blood electrolytes, or a sudden asthma attack. These may be severe and sometimes fatal. Contact your doctor right away if any of these events occur. You may need to take an oral steroid (eg, prednisone) again. Carry a card at all times that says you may need an oral steroid (eg, prednisone) if any of these events occur. IF YOU HAVE NOT HAD chickenpox, shingles, or measles, avoid contact with anyone who does. Contact your doctor at once if you have contact with anyone who has these infections. CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE you receive any vaccine while you are using this medicine. Do not stop using this medicine without checking with your doctor. TELL YOUR DOCTOR IF YOU feel very tired, weak, or touchy; trembling; having a fast heartbeat, confusion, sweating, or dizziness if you missed a dose or recently stopped this medicine. 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 BECOME 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 discussthe risks to your baby.
Possible Side Effects:SIDE EFFECTS that may occur while taking this medicine include flu-like symptoms; headache; nose or throat irritation; runny nose; or sore throat. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. THIS MEDICINE MAY CAUSE WEAK BONES (osteoporosis) with long-term use. Talk with your doctor to see if you have a higher chance of weak bones or if you have any questions. LONG-TERM USE OF THIS MEDICINE may increase the risk of glaucoma or cataracts. Talk with your doctor. THIS MEDICINE MAY SOMETIMES cause severe breathing problems right after you use a dose. If this happens, use your rescue inhaler. Contact your doctor or seek other medical care at once. CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY if you experience flushing; symptoms of infection (eg, fever, chills, cough, persistent sore throat, increased mucus production, change in mucus color); vision changes (eg, blurred vision); white patches or sores in the mouth or throat; or worsening of asthma symptoms (eg, increased wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, shortness of breath). AN ALLERGIC REACTION to this medicine is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue. This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care 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:DO NOT SHARE THIS MEDICINE with others for whom it was not prescribed. DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE for other health conditions. IF YOU WILL BE USING THIS MEDICINE FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME, be sure to obtain necessary refills before your supply runs out. CHECK WITH YOUR PHARMACIST about how to dispose of unused medicine.
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