Flovent Diskus (Fluticasone Propionate)

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Flovent Diskus
Fluticasone Propionate

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Flovent Diskus (Fluticasone Propionate)

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is Flovent Diskus?

    Flovent Diskus is a prescribed inhalable corticosteroid (ICS) medicine, It is used for the treatment of asthma in patients aged 4 years and above. It reduces lung inflammation to avoid difficulty in breathing.

  2. Can Flovent Diskus be used as a rescue inhaler?

    No, Flovent Diskus can not be used for immediate relief of sudden breathing issues. This can not substitute for a rescue inhaler.

  3. Is Flovent Diskus safe for children?

    The safety of Flovent Diskus in children under 4 years old has not been confirmed.

  4. Which specific allergies would contraindicate the use of Flovent Diskus?

    Yes, patients who have a severe allergy to milk proteins or those allergic to fluticasone propionate should not use Flovent Diskus. You should consult your doctor if you are not sure about any allergies you may have.

  5. What are the side effects of Flovent Diskus?

    The side effects of Flovent Diskus are:
    Serious Side Effects:

    • Mouth or throat fungal infection: To reduce the risk of mouth or throat fungal infection, rinse your mouth with water after using Flovent Diskus.
    • Weakened immune system: There are chances of developing infections if you have a weak immune system.
    • Reduced adrenal function: If you shift from oral corticosteroids to inhaled steroids like Flovent Diskus, it can cause adrenal insufficiency. It may even get worse due to stress.
    • Serious allergic reactions: Symptoms may include rash, swelling of the face, mouth, and tongue, hives, and breathing difficulties.
    • Bone thinning or weakness (osteoporosis).
    • Slow growth in children: Flovent Diskus can slow the growth of children. Doctors should continuously monitor their growth.
    • Eye problems: You should regularly have your eye check-ups to avoid conditions like glaucoma, increased eye pressure, cataracts, or vision changes.
    • Increased wheezing (bronchospasm): Sudden wheezing can happen immediately after you use Flovent Diskus. You should always keep a rescue inhaler for such situations.

    Common Side Effects:

    • Upper respiratory tract infection
    • Fever
    • Nose irritation
    • Throat irritation
    • Headache
    • Upset stomach
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Cough

    This list does not include all the side effects of Flovent Diskus. You should immediately contact your doctor if you experience any side effects.

  6. What should I tell my doctor before using Flovent Diskus?

    It is important to tell your doctor about the following before starting Flovent Diskus:
    Health Conditions:

    • Any existing liver problems.
    • Osteoporosis (weak bone condition).
    • Immune system disorders.
    • Pre-existing eye problems like glaucoma or cataracts.
    • Allergies to any ingredients in Flovent Diskus, other medications, or food products.
    • Any viral, bacterial, or fungal infections currently experienced.
    • Recent exposure to chickenpox or measles.
    • Any other medical conditions you may have.

    Pregnancy and Breastfeeding:

    • In the case of pregnancy, it is uncertain whether Flovent Diskus is safe for your unborn baby.
    • If you are breastfeeding. It is unknown if the medication in Flovent Diskus passes into breast milk and whether it can harm your baby.
  7. How do I use Flovent Diskus?

    Follow these simple steps to use Flovent Diskus:

    • You should not use Flovent Diskus unless your doctor has instructed you how to properly use the inhaler.
    • The adults should help children to use Flovent Diskus as per the doctor’s instructions.
    • Flovent Diskus is available in three different strengths, your doctor will prescribe the best one for you.
    • You should strictly follow the instructions provided by your doctor and do not exceed the prescribed frequency.
    • It is important to keep in mind that the Flovent Diskus can not be used as a rescue inhaler. You should always keep a rescue inhaler with you.
    • To avoid the risks of yeast infection in your mouth, you should always rinse your mouth after using Flovent Diskus. Do not swallow this water.
  8. Can I discontinue using Flovent Diskus if I start feeling better?

    Do not discontinue using Flovent Diskus unless your doctor advises you to do so. It’s essential to follow your doctor’s instructions for the effective treatment of asthma symptoms.

  9. What if I miss a dose of Flovent Diskus?

    If you miss a dose of Flovent Diskus, skip the missed dose and take the next one at your usual time. Do not double dose.

  10. How long does it take to improve the asthma symptoms after starting Flovent Diskus?

    Flovent Diskus can take one to two weeks or even more time to show its effects. Regularly take Flovent Diskus for better results.

  11. How to store Flovent Diskus?
    • Flovent Diskus should be kept in a dry place away from direct sunlight and heat, at room temperature between 20°C and 25°C.
    • Always store it unopened. Open it only when you are going to use it.
    • Do not use Flovent Diskus 50 mcg after 6 weeks from the time you opened it or when the counter reads 0.
    • Dispose of Flovent Diskus 100 mcg and Flovent Diskus 250 mcg in the trash after 2 months from the time you opened the foil pouch or when the counter reads 0, whichever comes first.
    • Remember to keep Flovent Diskus and all medications out of the reach of children.
  12. What is the general Information for the safe and effective use of Flovent Diskus?

    Sometimes these medications can be prescribed by doctors for specific purposes that are not specified in a Patient Information leaflet. But you should not use it for any other purpose that is not mentioned in the Patient Information leaflet. Do not share Flovent Diskus with anyone even if they have the same symptoms as yours. It can be harmful to them.

  13. List the ingredients of Flovent Diskus.
    • Active Ingredient: Fluticasone propionate.
    • Inactive Ingredient: Lactose monohydrate (It includes milk proteins as an inactive ingredient).
  14. What are the contraindications for using Flovent Diskus?

    Don’t use Flovent Diskus if you are allergic to milk proteins, fluticasone propionate, or any ingredients found in Flovent Diskus. It is advisable to consult your doctor if it is not clear.

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References
Flovent Diskus [package insert].Research Park Triangle, NC: GlaxoSmithKline; 2019.

Dr. Conor Sheehy, PharmD, BCPS is a practicing clinical pharmacist that works in primary care. He supports other members of the healthcare team including physicians, mid-level providers, nurses, and other clinical staff. He also likes to use his drug knowledge to inform his patients and the public about the benefits and risks they can expect from their medications. His clinical specialties include: anticoagulation, diabetes management, and psychiatric care.
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