Monday, February 9, 2015

Flovent Information

What is Flovent?

Flovent (fluticasone) is a steroid. It prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation.
Flovent is used to prevent asthma attacks. It will not treat an asthma attack that has already begun. Flovent HFA and Flovent Diskus are sometimes used together with an oral (taken by mouth) steroid medicine.
Flovent brands of fluticasone inhalation are for use in adults and children who are at least 4 years old. The Arnuity Ellipta brand is for adults and children who are at least 12 years old.

Important information

Flovent is not a rescue medicine. It will not work fast enough to treat an asthma attack. Fluticasone is used only to prevent asthma attacks.

You should not use Flovent of you are allergic to milk proteins.

Before taking this medicine

You should not use Flovent if you are allergic to fluticasone. Do not use the inhalation powder (Arnuity Ellipta or Flovent Diskus) if you are allergic to milk proteins.
Do not use Flovent to treat an asthma attack that has already begun.
To make sure Flovent is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
  • any type of infection (bacterial, viral, or fungal);
  • an infection caused by parasites (such as giardia, malaria, leishmaniasis, hookworm, pinworm, toxoplasmosis, and many others);
  • tuberculosis;
  • herpes infection of the eyes;
  • glaucoma or cataracts;
  • liver disease;
  • low bone mineral density; or
  • a weak immune system.
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether Flovent will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medicine.

See also: Pregnancy and breastfeeding warnings (in more detail)
It is not known whether fluticasone inhalation passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Do not give Flovent to a child younger than 4 years old without the advice of a doctor. Fluticasone can affect growth in children. Talk with your doctor if you think your child is not growing at a normal rate while using Flovent.
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.

See more about  Flovent at http://www.drugs.com/flovent.html
Learn more about other medications at http://www.healthsurvey.org

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