Flovent diskus or flovent HFA or ArmonAir RespiClick or fluticasone propionate is a steroidal anti-inflammatory drug of the glucocorticoid family. Flonase is an FDA approved brand name Nasal Spray not available over the counter (otc) used in the treatment of allergy relief, allergic rhinitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), nasal polyps, asthma, and skin diseases.
Fluticasone can be taken in the form of aerosol and powder for inhalation and topical (skin). People, especially pregnant or breastfeeding women, should use fluticasone with caution if the benefits outweigh the risks. Because animal studies have shown hypoadrenalism and teratogenicity in the offspring of treated mothers.
Additionally, other corticosteroids are known to be excreted in animal breast milk. In reality, fluticasone is contraindicated in patients with known hypersensitivity to fluticasone propionate or any of its components. It should be noted that fluticasone has side effects. Adverse effects include, but are not limited to, oral candidiasis, nasal congestion, malaise or fatigue,sneezing, watery eyes,rhinitis, runny nose, throat irritation(sore throat) , nose bleeds, allergic reaction and musculoskeletal pain.
Primarily an inhaler, or absorbed into the human body, fluticasone acts as an anti-inflammatory corticosteroid. Although the exact mechanism of action of the drug fluticasone is unknown, in vitro experiments in rats have shown that it exhibits an anti-inflammatory effect on specialized white blood cells such as macrophages, neutrophils, mast cells, eosinophils lymphocytes and mediators (leukotrienes, histamine, eicosanoids, cytokines).
In treating hay fever, there are often common side effects with a fluticasone propionate nasal spray can vary widely from stuffy nose, sore throat or hoarseness of speech,skin rash, nasal discharge, white patches in the throat and tongue. Prescription drugs should always be approved by your health care provider and prescribed by a health care professional with whom you have sought medical advice. If you are taking thrug for the first time and you have trouble breathing, wheezing or shortness of breath or general tiredness, do not take your next dose and discontinue use until you speak with your doctor about drug interactions. As always keep these medications at room temperature and out of the hands of children.
Fluticasone and salmeterol inhalation is a steroid and bronchodilator combination medicine that is used to prevent asthma attacks. It is also used to prevent flare-ups or worsening of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) associated with chronic bronchitis and/or emphysema.
In people with COPD, fluticasone and salmeterol is for long-term treatment. In people with asthma, fluticasone and salmeterol is for short-term treatment until symptoms are well controlled with other medicines.
Advair Diskus is for use in adults and children who are at least 4 years old. Advair HFA and AirDuo Respiclick are for use in adults and children who are at least 12 years old.
Fluticasone and salmeterol may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Fluticasone and salmeterol is not a rescue medicine. It will not work fast enough to treat an asthma or bronchospasm attack.
Seek medical attention you have worsening breathing problems, or if you think your medications are not working as well.
Before taking this medicine
You should not use fluticasone and salmeterol if you are allergic to fluticasone or salmeterol, or:
- if you have a severe allergy to milk proteins; or
- if you are having an asthma attack or severe COPD symptoms.
Fluticasone can weaken your immune system, making it easier for you to get an infection or worsening an infection you already have or have recently had. Tell your doctor about any illness or infection you have had within the past several weeks.
Tell your doctor if you have ever had:
- glaucoma or cataracts;
- heart disease or high blood pressure;
- a seizure;
- a food or drug allergy;
- a weak immune system;
- any type of infection (bacterial, fungal, viral, or parasitic);
- a thyroid disorder; or
- liver or kidney disease.
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.