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Fluticasone Oral Inhalation
Why is this medication prescribed?
Fluticasone, a corticosteroid, is used to prevent wheezing, shortness of breath, and troubled breathing caused by severe asthma and other lung diseases.
This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
How should this medicine be used?
Fluticasone comes as an aerosol to inhale by mouth or powder-filled disks to place in a special inhaler and inhale by mouth. It is usually used twice a day. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take fluticasone exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.Fluticasone controls the symptoms of asthma but does not cure it. It may take 2 weeks or longer before you receive the full benefit of fluticasone. Continue to use fluticasone even if you feel well. Do not stop taking fluticasone without talking to your doctor.
Before you use fluticasone for the first time, read the written instructions that come with it. Ask your doctor, pharmacist, or respiratory therapist to demonstrate the proper technique. Practice using the inhaler while in his or her presence.
To use the aerosol inhaler, follow these steps:
What special precautions should I follow?
Before taking fluticasone,
What should I do if I forget a dose?
Use the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not use a double dose to make up for a missed one.
What side effects can this medication cause?
Although side effects from fluticasone are not common, they can occur. Tell you doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication. Avoid puncturing the aerosol container, and do not discard it in an incinerator or fire. Keep the rotadisk in the protective packet until you are ready to use it. If you remove the protective covering before the rotadisk is needed, you must use the rotadisk within 2 months. Do not puncture the foil blisters until you are taking a dose using the diskhaler.
What other information should I know?
Keep all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory.
Fluticasone is not used for rapid relief of breathing problems. If you do not have another inhaler for prompt relief of breathing difficulties, ask your doctor to prescribe one.If your doctor has prescribed a bronchodilator (a drug to be inhaled for rapid relief of difficult breathing), use it several minutes before you use your fluticasone so that the fluticasone can reach deep into your lungs.
Avoid exposure to chicken pox and measles. This drug can make you more susceptible to these illnesses. If you are exposed to them while using fluticasone, call your doctor. Do not have a vaccination or other immunization unless directed to by your doctor.
Report any injuries or signs of infection (fever, sore throat, pain during urination, or muscle aches) that occur while you are using fluticasone to your doctor.
If your sputum (the matter that you cough up during an asthma attack) thickens or changes color from clear white to yellow, green, or gray, call your doctor; these may be signs of an infection.
Inhalation devices require regular cleaning. Follow the written directions for care and cleaning included with the device. For the oral aerosol inhaler, remove the aerosol container from the mouthpiece once a week, wash the mouthpiece with warm tap water, and dry it thoroughly.
Do not let anyone else take your medication. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT