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Fluticasone Propionate Inhalation powder

It helps decrease inflammation in your lungs

Generic Name: fluticasone

Brand Names: Flovent, Flovent Diskus, Flovent Rotadisk, Flovent HFA

There is an FDA Alert for this drug. Click here to view it.

Special Alerts:

[Posted 02/18/2010] FDA notified healthcare professionals and consumers that, due to safety concerns, FDA is requiring a risk management strategy (REMS) and class-labeling changes for all Long-Acting Beta-Agonists (LABAs). The REMS will require a revised Medication Guide written specifically for patients, and a plan to educate healthcare professionals about the appropriate use of LABAs. These changes are based on FDA's analyses of studies showing an increased risk of severe exacerbation of asthma symptoms, leading to hospitalizations in pediatric and adult patients as well as death in some patients using LABAs for the treatment of asthma.

Healthcare professionals are reminded that to ensure the safe use of these products:

  • Single-ingredient LABAs should only be used in combination with an asthma controller medication; they should not be used alone.
  • LABAs should only be used long-term in patients whose asthma cannot be adequately controlled on asthma controller medications.
  • LABAs should be used for the shortest duration of time required to achieve control of asthma symptoms and discontinued, if possible, once asthma control is achieved. Patients should then be maintained on an asthma controller medication.
  • Pediatric and adolescent patients who require the addition of a LABA to an inhaled corticosteroid should use a combination product containing both an inhaled corticosteroid and a LABA, to ensure compliance with both medications.

FDA has determined that the benefits of LABAs in improving asthma symptoms outweigh the potential risks when used appropriately with an asthma controller medication in patients who need the addition of LABAs. FDA believes the safety measures recommended will improve the safe use of these drugs. For more information visit the FDA website at: [Web] and [Web].

What is this medicine?

FLUTICASONE (floo TIK a sone) inhalation powder is a corticosteroid. It helps decrease inflammation in your lungs. This medicine is used to treat the symptoms of asthma. Never use this medicine for an acute asthma attack.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of the following conditions:
  • infection, like chickenpox, tuberculosis, herpes, or fungal infection
  • recent surgery or injury of nose or sinuses
  • taking corticosteroids by mouth
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to fluticasone, lactose, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for inhalation through the mouth. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Do not use with a spacer device. Do not use more often than directed. Make sure that you are using your inhaler correctly. Ask you doctor or health care provider if you have any questions.

If you are also using a bronchodilator inhaler, like albuterol, use that inhaler first. Wait five minutes or more before using this medicine.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 4 years old for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose and continue with your regular schedule, spacing doses evenly. Do not use double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • ketoconazole
  • ritonavir

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Check with your health care professional if your symptoms do not improve. If your symptoms get worse or if you need your short-acting inhalers more often, call your doctor right away. Do not stop taking your medicine unless your doctor tells you to.

Do not come in contact with people who have the chickenpox or the measles while you are taking this medicine. If you do, call your doctor right away.

Your inhaler has a dose counter and will tell you when only a few doses are left.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • breathing problems
  • changes in vision
  • flu-like symptoms
  • unusual swelling
  • white patches or sores in the mouth or throat

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • coughing, hoarseness, or throat irritation
  • dry mouth
  • headache
  • flushing
  • loss of taste, or unpleasant taste

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Keep dry. Protect from heat and direct sunlight. Discard 6 weeks after removal from the foil pouch or after all of the blisters have been used (when the dose indicator reads 0), whichever comes first.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.


Last Updated: December 01, 2009
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