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.
See full Important Safety Information below

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Caring for Children With Asthma

Millions of US children have asthma. It's not uncommon for caregivers – who could range from parents and other family members to teachers and babysitters – to be responsible for caring for children with asthma.

Knowing the Basics of Childhood Asthma

It is important for caregivers to understand the basics about asthma so that they can properly care for children with asthma. As a caregiver, you should:

  • Talk to your child's healthcare provider about proper asthma treatment and care
  • Know the causes and symptoms of asthma
  • Know how to properly deliver asthma medication to a young child
  • Make sure an older child can follow the instructions on how to take his or her asthma medicines
  • If your child is on more than one asthma medication, make sure you and others caring for the child use the right medicine for quick relief versus long-term control
  • Explore these resources for more information

Tools to Help Assess Your Child's Asthma

There are tools you can use and share with the healthcare provider to help assess your child's asthma. For example, you may wish to do the following:

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

*Asthma Control Test is a trademark of QualityMetric Incorporated.

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