Flovent HFA Inhaler(Fluticasone Propionate)

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Fluticasone Propionate

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Flovent HFA Inhaler(Fluticasone Propionate)

Flovent HFA

Flovent HFA Inhaler is a prescription medicine used to manage and prevent asthma in patients aged 4 years and older. It contains fluticasone propionate, a corticosteroid that helps reduce inflammation in the airways, leading to improved breathing and fewer asthma symptoms.

Why Choose Flovent?

  • Prevents asthma symptoms like wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath
  • Helps reduce the number of asthma attacks
  • Suitable for long-term use
  • Available in different strengths to match patient needs

How to Use Flovent?

  • For oral inhalation only
  • Use as directed by your healthcare provider
  • Read the patient information leaflet for detailed usage instructions
  • Do not use it to relieve sudden breathing problems

Important Safety Information

  • Not for use in individuals with a known allergy to fluticasone propionate or any component of the inhaler
  • Consult your doctor before use if you have liver problems, weak bones (osteoporosis), or immune system problems
  • Regularly monitor growth in children using this medication
  • Store at room temperature away from direct sunlight and heat

Fact Table for Protonix

Generic Name Fluticasone Propionate
Brand Name Flovent HFA
Drug Type Inhaled Corticosteroid
FDA Approval Yes, for asthma management
Usage Prevention and control of asthma symptoms
Age for Use Patients aged 4 years and older
Administration Route Inhalation
Common Side Effects Throat irritation, Hoarseness, Oral thrush(yeast infection in the mouth), Headache, Cough, and Changes in voice
Storage Recommendations Store at room temperature, away from light and moisture
Prescription Status Prescription required

Common Side Effects of Flovent

Like all medications, Flovent can cause side effects. The most common ones include:

  • Throat irritation
  • Hoarseness
  • Mouth dryness
  • Headache
  • Cough
  • Changes in voice

Inform your doctor if you experience severe reactions or symptoms of adrenal insufficiency or thrush (candida infection) in the mouth.

How Can You Buy Flovent HFA?

You can order Flovent using these methods on our website:

  1. Order Online
  2. Order by Phone
  3. Order by Fax
  4. Order your refills

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. References

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

  2. Can I stop using Flovent once my asthma symptoms improve?

    Do not stop Flovent without your doctor’s guidance. Continuing treatment helps prevent symptoms from returning.

  3. Can Flovent slow down a child’s growth?

    Yes, Flovent and similar medicines called inhaled corticosteroids can slow down the child’s growth. So, it’s important for the doctor to keep an eye on your child’s growth regularly if they are using Flovent.

  4. Can Flovent replace a rescue inhaler?

    No, it can’t replace a rescue inhaler. It is not helpful for the sudden asthma attacks. You should always have your quick-acting bronchodilator (emergency inhaler) with you to handle sudden asthma attacks.

  5. How to clean a Flovent inhaler?

    Clean your inhaler once a week after your evening dose to keep it working well. Even if you don’t see medicine buildup, it’s important.
    Step 1: Remove the Cap
    Take off the cap from the mouthpiece. Keep the canister inside the plastic part.

    Step 2: Use a Damp Cotton Swab

    • Dampen a cotton swab with water.
    • Gently clean the small, circular opening where the medicine comes out. Twist the swab to remove any medicine.
    • Use a new damp swab to ensure there’s no leftover medicine.

    Step 3: Wipe Inside

    • Use a damp tissue to wipe the inside of the mouthpiece.
    • Let the plastic part dry overnight.

    Step 4: Put on the Cap

    • Once it’s dry, put the cap back on the mouthpiece.
  6. What are the side effects of Flovent?

    Serious side effects include:

    • Fungal Infection in Mouth or Throat (Thrush): After using Flovent, it’s important to rinse your mouth with water without swallowing to reduce the risk of developing thrush. This is the most common side effect associated with Flovent.
    • Weakened Immune System and Increased Infection Risk (Immunosuppression): Flovent may weaken your immune system, making you more susceptible to infections.
    • Reduced Adrenal Function (Adrenal Insufficiency): Adrenal insufficiency can occur when transitioning from oral corticosteroid medicines (like prednisone) to an inhaled steroid (such as Flovent). It can worsen during stressful situations and may even be life-threatening. Symptoms include fatigue, nausea, low blood pressure, and weakness.
    • Serious Allergic Reactions: Seek immediate medical attention if you experience symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, such as rash, swelling of the face, mouth, or tongue, hives, or breathing difficulties.
    • Bone Thinning or Weakness (Osteoporosis): Prolonged use of Flovent can lead to bone thinning or weakness.
    • Slowed Growth in Children: Children using Flovent should have their growth regularly monitored by a healthcare provider.
    • Eye Problems: Regular eye exams are recommended while using Flovent to monitor for issues such as glaucoma, increased eye pressure, cataracts, or changes in vision.
    • Increased Wheezing (Bronchospasm): In some cases, increased wheezing may occur immediately after using Flovent. It’s important to have a rescue inhaler on hand to address sudden wheezing.

    Common side effects of Flovent include:

    • Oral thrush
    • Upper respiratory tract infection
    • Diarrhea
    • Cough
    • Throat irritation
    • Difficulty speaking
    • Persistent cough
    • Headache
    • Sinus irritation
    • Please consult your doctor for medical advice regarding any side effects.

  7. How to store Flovent?
    1. Store Flovent at room temperature, specifically between 68°F and 77°F (20°C and 25°C). Make sure to keep the mouthpiece facing downward.
    2. The contents of your Flovent inhaler are pressurized, so do not puncture the canister. Do not use or store it near sources of heat or open flames. The canister can burst in high temperatures specifically above 120°F.
    3. Never dispose of Flovent by throwing it into a fire or incinerator.
    4. When the counter on your Flovent inhaler reads 000, it is safe to dispose of it in the trash.
    5. Keep Flovent, like all medications, out of the reach of children to ensure their safety.
  8. What are the important things that should be discussed with the doctor before starting Flovent?

    Before starting Flovent medicine, it’s important to have a conversation with your healthcare provider. Here are the things you should let them know:
    Medical Conditions: Tell your healthcare provider if you have any health issues, such as:

    • Liver problems.
    • Weak bones (osteoporosis).
    • Immune system problems.
    • Eye problems like glaucoma, high eye pressure, cataracts, or changes in your vision.
    • Any infections, whether viral, bacterial, or fungal.
    • If you’ve been around someone with chickenpox or measles.

    Pregnancy and Breastfeeding: If you are pregnant or planning to have a baby, or if you are breastfeeding, inform your healthcare provider because it’s not clear whether Flovent is safe for you in such cases.
    Medications: Make sure to share a list of all the medicines you are taking, including both prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, and herbal supplements. This is crucial because Flovent can interact with certain medications, potentially leading to serious side effects. Pay particular attention to informing your healthcare provider if you are using antifungal or anti-HIV medicines.

  9. How much time does Flovent take to show its results?

    Flovent starts to have an effect within 24 hours and it may require 1 to 2 weeks or even more after beginning Flovent for your asthma symptoms to improve. It’s important to use Flovent consistently and as prescribed for better results.

  10. What to do, if I miss a dose of Flovent?

    In such a case, simply skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Avoid taking two doses at once.

  11. Does Flovent provide immediate relief for sudden breathing problems?

    Flovent cannot provide immediate relief for sudden breathing problems. It’s essential to carry a rescue inhaler with you at all times to promptly address any sudden symptoms. Flovent starts to have an effect within 24 hours and reaches its maximum effect in 1-2 weeks.

  12. How does Flovent work?

    Flovent is a type of medicine called a corticosteroid. It works in a way similar to a natural hormone called cortisol that your body produces on its own. When you inhale Flovent, it goes straight into your lungs and reduces inflammation there. This also helps to widen your airways, making it easier to breathe. This medicine helps in controlling asthma and stopping asthma attacks.

  13. Are there any contraindications associated with Flovent use?

    Flovent may not be suitable for everyone. Avoid using it if you have experienced an allergic response to fluticasone or during an asthma attack. Refrain from using Flovent if you have allergies to milk proteins.

  14. Who can use Flovent?

    Flovent is useful for individuals aged 4 years and older who have asthma and need long-term asthma control when their symptoms are not effectively managed by a rescue inhaler. Consult with your doctor to determine if Flovent is a suitable option for your asthma.

  15. What is the composition of Flovent?

    The composition of Flovent includes Fluticasone propionate as the active ingredient, and it also contains propellant HFA-134a as an inactive component.

  16. What are the therapeutic uses of Flovent?

    Flovent, also known as fluticasone,is a medicine used to treat people with asthma. It’s in a group of medicines called corticosteroids, which help in healing the swelling in your airways. It’s been around for a long time and is often used to help people with asthma, COPD, and other breathing problems.

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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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