What is Generic Flovent (Fluticasone Propionate)?
Generic Flovent (Fluticasone Propionate) is a corticosteroid. It works by reducing inflammatory reactions in the airways in response to allergens and irritants in the air.GenericFlovent (Fluticasone Propionate) is used to prevent bronchial asthma attacks. It will not treat an asthma attack that has already begun.GenericFlovent (Fluticasone Propionate) may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Important information about Generic Flovent (Fluticasone Propionate)
Do not use Generic Flovent (Fluticasone Propionate) to treat an asthma attack that has already begun. It will not work fast enough to reverse your symptoms. Use another, faster-acting inhalation medication to treat an asthma attack.Contact your doctor if your asthma symptoms do not improve after using Generic Flovent (Fluticasone Propionate) for 2 weeks.Seek medical attention if you think any of your asthma medications are not working as well as usual. An increased need for medication could be an early sign of a serious asthma attack.Your dosage needs may change if you have surgery, are ill, are under stress, or have recently had an asthma attack. Talk with your doctor if any of your asthma medications do not seem to work as well in treating or preventing asthma attacks.If you were switched from an oral (taken by mouth) steroid to Generic Flovent (Fluticasone Propionate), you may need to go back to taking the oral medicine if you are under stress or have an asthma attack or other medical emergency.
Before using Generic Flovent (Fluticasone Propionate)
You should not use Generic Flovent (Fluticasone Propionate) if you are allergic to fluticasone.Before using this medication, tell your doctor if you have been sick or had an infection of any kind. You may not be able to use Generic Flovent (Fluticasone Propionate) until you are well.FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether this medication is harmful to an unborn baby. Before using Generic Flovent (Fluticasone Propionate), tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment. It is not known whether fluticasone passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use Generic Flovent (Fluticasone Propionate) without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.GenericFlovent (Fluticasone Propionate) can affect growth in children. Talk with your doctor if you think your child is not growing at a normal rate while using this medication.Do not give this medicine to a child younger than 4 years old without the advice of a doctor.Long-term use of steroids may lead to bone loss (osteoporosis), especially if you smoke, if you do not exercise, if you do not get enough vitamin D or calcium in your diet, or if you have a family history of osteoporosis. Talk with your doctor about your risk of osteoporosis.
How should I use Generic Flovent (Fluticasone Propionate)?
Use this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not use the medication in larger amounts, or use it for longer than recommended by your doctor. This medication comes with patient instructions for safe and effective use, and directions for priming the inhaler device. Follow these directions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.Do not use Generic Flovent (Fluticasone Propionate) to treat an asthma attack that has already begun. It will not work fast enough to reverse your symptoms. Use another, faster-acting inhalation medication to treat an asthma attack.GenericFlovent (Fluticasone Propionate) is a liquid form of fluticasone that is used with an inhaler device. This device creates a spray that you inhale through your mouth and into your lungs. Your doctor or pharmacist can show you how to use an inhaler.GenericFlovent (Fluticasone Propionate) Diskus is a powder form of fluticasone that comes with a special inhaler device preloaded with blister packs containing measured doses of fluticasone. The device opens and loads a blister of fluticasone each time you use the inhaler. The disk device is not to be used with a spacer. Follow the patient instructions provided with the Diskus.To reduce the chance of developing a yeast infection in your mouth, rinse with water after using Generic Flovent (Fluticasone Propionate) products. Do not swallow.Asthma is usually treated with a combination of different drugs. To best treat your condition, use all of your medications as directed by your doctor. Do not change your doses or medication schedule without advice from your doctor.It is important to use Generic Flovent (Fluticasone Propionate) regularly to get the most benefit. Get your prescription refilled before you run out of medicine completely.Contact your doctor if your asthma symptoms do not improve after using Generic Flovent (Fluticasone Propionate) for 2 weeks.Seek medical attention if you think any of your asthma medications are not working as well as usual. An increased need for medication could be an early sign of a serious asthma attack.Your dosage needs may change if you have surgery, are ill, are under stress, or have recently had an asthma attack. Talk with your doctor if any of your asthma medications do not seem to work as well in treating or preventing asthma attacks.If you were switched from an oral (taken by mouth) steroid to Generic Flovent (Fluticasone Propionate), you may need to go back to taking the oral medicine if you are under stress or have an asthma attack or other medical emergency.
Store this medication at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the medicine canister away from high heat, such as open flame or in a car on a hot day. The canister may explode if it gets too hot.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Use the medication as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and wait until your next regularly scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine.An overdose of Generic Flovent (Fluticasone Propionate) is not expected to produce life-threatening symptoms. However, long-term use of high steroid doses can lead to symptoms such as thinning skin, easy bruising, changes in the shape or location of body fat (especially in your face, neck, back, and waist), increased acne or facial hair, menstrual problems, impotence, or loss of interest in sex.
What should I avoid while using Generic Flovent (Fluticasone Propionate)?
Avoid being near people who are sick or have infections. Call your doctor for preventive treatment if you are exposed to chicken pox or measles. These conditions can be serious or even fatal in people who are using Generic Flovent (Fluticasone Propionate).
Side effects of Generic Flovent (Fluticasone Propionate)
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:weakness, tired feeling, nausea, vomiting, feeling like you might pass out;skin rash, bruising, severe tingling, numbness, pain, muscle weakness;blurred vision, eye pain, or seeing halos around lights;signs of infection such as fever, chills, sore throat, ear pain, flu symptoms;wheezing or breathing problems after using this medication; orworsening asthma symptoms.
Less serious Generic Flovent (Fluticasone Propionate) side effects may include:
headache;dryness in your mouth, nose, or throat;white patches or sores inside your mouth or on your lips;stuffy nose, sinus pain, cough; orhoarseness or deepened voice.This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
What other drugs will affect Generic Flovent (Fluticasone Propionate)?
Before using Generic Flovent (Fluticasone Propionate), tell your doctor if you are using any of the following drugs:conivaptan (Vaprisol);diclofenac (Arthrotec, Cataflam, Voltaren, Flector Patch, Solareze);imatinib (Gleevec);isoniazid (for treating tuberculosis);an antibiotic such as clarithromycin (Biaxin), dalfopristin/quinupristin (Synercid), erythromycin (E.E.S., EryPed, Ery-Tab,Erythrocin) or telithromycin (Ketek);an antifungal medication such as clotrimazole (Mycelex Troche), itraconazole (Sporanox), ketoconazole (Nizoral), or voriconazole (Vfend);an antidepressant such as nefazodone;heart or blood pressure medication such as diltiazem(Cardizem, Dilacor, Tiazac), nicardipine (Cardene), quinidine (Quinaglute, Quinidex, Quin-Release), or verapamil (Calan, Covera, Isoptin, Verelan); orHIV/AIDS medicine such as amprenavir (Agenerase), atazanavir (Reyataz), delavirdine (Rescriptor), fosamprenavir (Lexiva), indinavir (Crixivan), nelfinavir (Viracept), saquinavir (Invirase, Fortovase), or ritonavir(Norvir).This list is not complete and there may be other drugs that can interact with Generic Flovent (Fluticasone Propionate). Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.
FOR THE CONSUMER
Along with its needed effects, fluticasone (the active ingredient contained in Flovent) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking fluticasone:
-White patches in mouth and throat
-lower abdominal pain
-pain on passing urine
-redness or discharge of the eye, eyelid, or lining of the eye
-shortness of breath
-trouble in swallowing
-vaginal discharge (creamy white) and itching
-Blindness, blurred vision, eye pain
-diabetes mellitus [increased hunger, thirst, or urination]
-excess facial hair in women
-fullness or roundness of face, neck, and trunk
-growth reduction in children or adolescents
-high blood pressure
-hives and skin rash
-impotence in males
-lack of menstrual periods
-numbness and weakness of hands and feet
-swelling of face, lips, or eyelids
-tightness in chest, troubled breathing, or wheezing
Incidence not known:
-growth rate decreased in children and teenagers
-itching, puffiness, or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
-swelling of the mouth or throat
Symptoms of overdose:
-Darkening of skin
-loss of appetite
-unusual tiredness or weakness
Some side effects of fluticasone may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:
-general aches and pains or general feeling of illness
-greenish-yellow mucus in nose
-hoarseness or other voice changes
-runny, sore, or stuffy nose
-Bloody mucus or unexplained nosebleeds
-irregular or painful menstrual periods
-irritation due to inhalant
-muscle soreness, sprain, or strain
-stomach pain or burning
Incidence not known:
-decrease in height
-flushed, dry skin
-fruit-like breath odor
-loss of voice
-pain in back, ribs, arms or legs
-trouble sitting still
-unexplained weight loss