Flovent Diskus(Fluticasone Propionate)
Marketed as Flixotide Accuhaler in New Zealand
Marketed as Flixotide Accuhaler in United Kingdom
Marketed as Flovent Diskus in Canada
Flovent Diskus Helps to Treat the Following Conditions:
Asthma is a chronic lung condition where airways become inflamed and swollen. Due to this inflammation, airways tighten and produce extra mucus. Patients often experience symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath.
While some patients experience mild symptoms, for others, the disease can have serious symptoms that require careful monitoring and medical treatment.
Marketed Internationally as Flixotide Accuhaler
In some countries, Flovent Diskus is sold under the brand name Flixotide Accuhaler.
Flovent Diskus Active Ingredient
Flovent Diskus contains the active ingredient fluticasone, a corticosteroid. Fluticasone helps to reduce inflammation and swelling of the airways and makes breathing easier.
Generic Flovent Diskus Alternative
Generic alternatives to Flovent Diskus are not yet available on this website.
General Drug Information
What is Flovent Diskus and What Is It Used For?
Flovent Diskus is prescribed to prevent asthmatic symptoms like wheezing and shortness of breath. The medication is inhaled through a device. Controlling the effects of asthma improves a patient’s quality of life and allows them to be more active.
Flovent Diskus must be used regularly to be effective. It should not be used to prevent or relieve sudden asthma attacks. In the event of an asthma attack, patients should use prescribed quick-relief inhaler and medicines like albuterol (also called salbutamol in some countries).
Usage and Application
Patients should carefully read the medication guide to ensure the proper use of this inhaler before sourcing Flovent Diskus online.
The medication is inhaled orally, as directed by the treating physician. Dosage is based on the patient’s medical condition and their response to treatment. Most patients are prescribed to use Flovent Diskus twice a day, typically in the morning and evening.
Patients should hold the device in a level, flat position. It is important to inhale each dose deeply to receive the prescribed amount of medicine. It is normal for patients to taste the drug while inhaling. Patients should not exhale into the inhaler device.
Those who have been prescribed a dose consisting of two inhalations should wait one minute between them. Patients using other types of inhalers should also wait a minute before inhaling different medications. In all cases, Flovent Diskus should be used last.
After inhaling your dose, gargle and rinse your mouth with water to prevent irritation and yeast infections in the mouth and throat. Do not swallow the rinse water.
Patients should not take the device apart or wash any part of the device. Close the inhaler after each use.
Patients should use Flovent Diskus regularly to receive the most benefit from it. The medication works best if used at evenly-spaced times. Patients should use the medication at the same time(s) each day to prevent forgetting. They shouldn’t increase their dose or use Flovent Diskus more often than prescribed. Do not stop this medication before speaking with your treating physician.
If you regularly take a different oral corticosteroid like prednisone, you should continue doing so unless directed otherwise by your doctor. In the event that such drugs are stopped suddenly, patients may experience withdrawal symptoms such as weakness, weight loss, nausea, muscle pain, headache, tiredness, and dizziness.
Such patients are usually directed to reduce the dose of their old medication slowly, in order to avoid withdrawal reactions. Patients should consult their pharmacist or doctor for more details and report any withdrawal symptoms immediately.
It may take up to two weeks for you to experience the full benefit of Flovent Diskus. Alert your doctor in the event symptoms persist or worsen.
Patients should learn the difference between inhalers for daily use (controller drugs) and those which should only be used in the event of attacks (quick-relief drugs). It is important to ask the treating physician what to do to manage the following symptoms: worsening cough, shortness of breath, wheezing, increased sputum and worsening peak flow meter readings.
Patients who wake up at night with breathing issues should alert their doctor. The same applies to those using their quick-relief inhaler more than two days per week, or who notice that their quick-relief inhaler does not seem to be working effectively. Learn when you can treat sudden breathing problems by yourself and when you must seek immediate medical attention.
Considerations Before Taking Flovent Diskus
Before starting treatment, patients need to discuss the possibility of allergic reactions to the active ingredient in this medication, or to any of its inactive ingredients.
This product may contain lactose and other milk proteins, which can potentially cause allergic reactions. If you shop for Flovent Diskus online, please note that it may be referred to as its generic name: fluticasone.
It is vital to discuss the patient’s medical history, especially past or current infections like tuberculosis, herpes, osteoporosis, and liver disease. Additionally, patients should mention any eye problems (e.g. cataracts, glaucoma, and herpes infection of the eye).
Flovent Diskus may mask signs of infection, making patients more susceptible to infections. Safety precautions should include regular hand washing and avoiding contact with people who have infections like the flu, chickenpox, or measles. Patients who fear they may have been exposed to infection should consult their doctor.
Patients who have switched from an oral corticosteroid to Flovent Diskus within the past year may find that their body has a harder time responding to physical stress. The same applies for patients using this product in higher-than-usual doses for an extended period of time.
Immediately report unusual tiredness or extreme weight loss to the treating physician. Patients with serious injuries or illnesses – or those about to undergo emergency treatment or surgery – need to alert their doctor that they have used Flovent Diskus or an oral corticosteroid within the past year. Patients should include this information on a medical ID bracelet or carry a warning card.
Patients preparing for surgery or certain dental procedures should inform their doctor or dentist about all medicines, supplements, and herbal products they are taking.
Flovent Diskus may slow growth in children if used for a long period. Poorly controlled asthma, however, may also have a similar effect. This medication’s effect on final height in adulthood is not known. Patients should take their child for regular check-ups to monitor their child’s height.
Women who are pregnant – or planning to become pregnant – should discuss the risks and benefits of this medication with their doctors. During pregnancy, Flovent Diskus should only be used when clearly needed.
It is not known whether Flovent Diskus passes into breast milk. Nursing mothers should consult their doctor before breastfeeding.
Delayed and Omitted Doses
Patients who miss a dose should take it as soon as they remember. If this happens near the time for the next dose, patients should skip the missed dose and proceed as usual. Patients should not increase the dose to catch up.
Other Medications and Flovent Diskus
Drug interactions may change the way Flovent Diskus works, increasing the risk of side effects. Before starting treatment, patients need to Discuss the full list of medications and supplements they are taking with their doctor. Patients should not change their dose or stop taking this medication unless their physician advises them to do so.
Some medications – like the antifungal medicine ketoconazole (Nizoral)– can affect the removal of the active ingredient in Flovent Diskus from the body, changing the way it works. Additional examples include the hepatitis C drug boceprevir and HIV protease inhibitors like lopinavir and ritonavir (e.g Kaletra).
This document does not contain a full list of all possible interactions. Please consult with your physician before buying Flovent Diskus or any of its generic alternatives.
Most patients are able to use Flovent Diskus safely without serious side effects.
Some patients may experience hoarseness, throat irritation, and headache. Patients should alert their physician if event these symptoms persist or worsen.
Serious side effects include vision problems, increased thirst and urination, and white patches in the mouth and/or on the tongue. Some patients may experience bone pain, easy bruising, and/or bleeding. Patients should monitor for signs of infection (e.g. fever, chills, cough, and persistent sore throat). Serious side effects also include mental changes like depression, mood swings, and agitation.
In rare cases, Flovent Diskus may worsen breathing problems immediately after use. If this occurs, patients should use a quick-relief inhaler and seek medical help right away.
Serious allergic reactions to Flovent Diskus are rare, yet patients should be aware of allergy symptoms such as rash, itching and swelling, severe dizziness, and trouble breathing.
How to Store Flovent Diskus
Patients should store the US product at room temperature.
The Canadian product is to be stored between 36-77 degrees F (2-25 degrees C).
Do not freeze. Store the medication in a dry place, away from heat, sunlight, and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep away from children and pets.
Discard this product according to the package instructions.
Flovent Diskus Coupon
Although Flovent Diskus coupons are available with other online pharmacies, customers will find that UDS prices are often much lower.
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