FLOVENT® HFA 44 mcg (fluticasone propionate 44 mcg) Inhalation Aerosol

Important Safety Information for FLOVENT

FLOVENT does not relieve sudden breathing problems from asthma. Always have a rescue inhaler with you to treat sudden symptoms.
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How to Use FLOVENT DISKUS

FLOVENT is a prescription inhaled corticosteroid medicine for the long-term treatment of asthma in people aged 4 years and older.
FLOVENT is not used to relieve sudden breathing problems. FLOVENT won't replace a
rescue inhaler.

If your healthcare provider prescribes FLOVENT, he or she will decide whether FLOVENT DISKUS or FLOVENT HFA is right for you or your child.

How should I use FLOVENT DISKUS?

Read the step-by-step instructions for using FLOVENT DISKUS at the end of the FLOVENT DISKUS Patient Information Leaflet.
  • Do not use FLOVENT DISKUS unless your healthcare provider has taught you how to use the inhaler and you understand how to use it correctly.
  • Children should use FLOVENT DISKUS with an adult's help, as instructed by the child's healthcare provider.
  • FLOVENT DISKUS comes in 3 different strengths. Your healthcare provider prescribed the strength that is best for you.
  • Use FLOVENT DISKUS exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to use it. Do not use FLOVENT DISKUS more often than prescribed.
  • It may take 1 to 2 weeks or longer after you start FLOVENT DISKUS for your asthma symptoms to get better. You must use FLOVENT DISKUS regularly.
  • Do not stop using FLOVENT DISKUS, even if you are feeling better, unless your healthcare provider tells you to.
  • If you miss a dose of FLOVENT DISKUS, just skip that dose. Take your next dose at your usual time. Do not take 2 doses at 1 time.
  • FLOVENT DISKUS does not relieve sudden breathing problems. Always have a rescue inhaler with you to treat sudden symptoms. If you do not have a rescue inhaler, call your healthcare provider to have one prescribed for you.
  • Call your healthcare provider or get medical care right away if:
    • your breathing problems get worse.
    • you need to use your rescue inhaler more often than usual.
    • your rescue inhaler does not work as well to relieve your symptoms.
    • you need to use 4 or more inhalations of your rescue inhaler in 24 hours for 2 or more days in a row.
    • you use 1 whole canister of your rescue inhaler in 8 weeks.
    • your peak flow meter results decrease. Your healthcare provider will tell you the numbers that are right for you.

Children should use FLOVENT DISKUS with an adult's help, as instructed by the child's healthcare provider.

The "How To Use" slide presentation is intended to complement the Patient Information Leaflet for FLOVENT DISKUS. For full instructions on how to use FLOVENT DISKUS and other important information, please see the full Prescribing Information and Patient Information Leaflet for FLOVENT DISKUS. You can also ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for more information.

Approved Uses for FLOVENT

FLOVENT is a prescription inhaled corticosteroid medicine for the long-term treatment of asthma in people aged 4 years and older.

FLOVENT is not used to relieve sudden breathing problems. FLOVENT won't replace a rescue inhaler.

Important Safety Information for FLOVENT

  • FLOVENT does not relieve sudden breathing problems from asthma. Always have a rescue inhaler with you to treat sudden symptoms.
  • Do not use FLOVENT DISKUS if you have a severe allergy to milk proteins. Do not use FLOVENT DISKUS or FLOVENT HFA if you are allergic to fluticasone propionate or any of the ingredients in the products. Ask your healthcare provider if you are not sure.
  • Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take and about all of your health conditions.
  • Do not use FLOVENT more often than prescribed.
  • Do not stop using FLOVENT, even if you are feeling better, unless your healthcare provider tells you to. If you miss a dose of FLOVENT, just skip that dose. Take your next dose at your usual time. Do not take 2 doses at 1 time.
  • FLOVENT can cause serious side effects, including:
    • fungal infections in your mouth or throat (thrush). Rinse your mouth with water without swallowing after using FLOVENT to help reduce your chance of getting thrush.
    • weakened immune system and increased chance of getting infections (immunosuppression). You should avoid exposure to chickenpox and measles, and, if exposed, tell your healthcare provider right away. Worsening of existing tuberculosis, fungal, bacterial, viral, or parasitic infections, or herpes infection of the eye (ocular herpes simplex) may occur.
    • reduced adrenal function. This can happen when you stop taking an oral corticosteroid (such as prednisone) and start taking a medicine containing an inhaled corticosteroid (such as FLOVENT). During this transition period, when your body is under stress such as from fever, trauma (such as a car accident), infection, or surgery, adrenal insufficiency can get worse and may cause death. Symptoms of adrenal insufficiency include:
      • feeling tired
      • lack of energy
      • weakness
      • nausea and vomiting
      • low blood pressure
    • serious allergic reactions. Call your healthcare provider or get emergency medical care if you get any of the following symptoms of a serious allergic reaction:
      • rash
      • hives
      • swelling of your face, throat, and tongue
      • breathing problems
    • bone thinning or weakness (osteoporosis)
    • slowed growth in children. A child's growth should be checked often.
    • eye problems including glaucoma and cataracts. You should have regular eye exams while using FLOVENT.
    • increased wheezing (bronchospasm). Increased wheezing can happen right away after using FLOVENT. Always have a rescue inhaler with you to treat sudden wheezing.
  • Common side effects of FLOVENT DISKUS include:
    • upper respiratory tract infection
    • throat irritation
    • nausea and vomiting
    • fever
    • headache
  • Common side effects of FLOVENT HFA include:
    • a cold or upper respiratory tract infection
    • throat irritation
    • headache
    • fever
    • diarrhea
    • ear infection

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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