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What is Flovent HFA used for?
Flovent HFA is a steroid medicine that is used as a maintenance treatment of asthma. Asthma is a respiratory condition in which your airways narrow and swell and produce extra mucus. This can make breathing difficult and trigger coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. Patients can decrease the number and severity of their asthma attacks when they regularly use their prescribed Flovent Diskus dosage.
Patients can buy Flovent HFA (Fluticasone) at My Drug Center. We currently do not have a Flovent HFA generic available.
How does Flovent HFA work?
The Flovent HFA is an inhalation aerosol, which means that the inhaler uses a propellant or mechanism to help disperse the Fluticasone dosage so that the liquid particles make it into your lungs. Fluticasone is the active ingredient in this medication and when it is inhaled, it decreases the swelling and inflammation within the airways. Patients can buy Flovent HFA Inhaler (Fluticasone) in the following strengths: 44mcg, 110mcg, and 220 mcg.
Before taking your prescribed medication read all the instructions that was provided by your pharmacist to understand how to prime and use the inhaler. Administer the medication twice a day once in the morning and once again in the evening. If more than one inhalation is required allows at least 30 seconds before administering another dose.
After using the inhaler rinse your mouth with water to prevent infections in the mouth. Never swallow the rinse water.
Make sure you take Flovent HFA at the same time each day to create a routine for yourself and to ensure an even spread of medication in your system. This medication should be taken on a regular basis to have optimal results. Do not change or increase your dose. You should continue taking this medication even if you feel well.
This medication may contain medical and non medical ingredients that could cause an allergic reaction. Consult with your doctor about any known allergies before taking your prescribed Flovent HFA Inhaler dosage. Speak with your doctor about any known medical conditions relating to previous infections, eye problems, bone loss, and liver disease. Tell your doctor about any current medications or supplementation to avoid interactions with Flovent HFA.
The Fluticasone dosage will not provide quick relief of asthma symptoms and a quick relief inhaler may be required while you use Flovent HFA. Take time to determine how often you require quick relief from you back inhalers.
While taking Flovent HFA you body may not show signs of infection. Washing your hands and practising good hygiene can help prevent the spread of infections or other diseases. Avoid coming into contact with transmittable infections like the flu, measles or chickenpox.
Long term use of croticosteroids can cause your body to have challenges responding to physical stress. You should tell your doctor or dentist that you are using this medication before any surgery, operations, or any procedures. If this medication is required for long term have an ID bracelet or documentation to help identify the use of this medication in cases where you might be unable to speak or explain your condition.
Flovent HFA Inhaler side effects include:
Hoarseness, throat irritation, headache, dryness in your mouth/nose/throat, white patches or sores inside your mouth or on your lips, stuffy nose, sinus pain, cough, or deepened voice.
Other Flovent HFA Inhaler side effects include:
Signs of infection (such as fever, chills, persistent sore throat), vision problems, increased thirst or urination, easy bruising or bleeding, mental/mood changes (such as depression, mood swings, agitation), or bone pain.
If any side effects of Fluticasone become unmanageable speak with your doctor or pharmacist for help in managing these mentioned side effects. For any serious side effects that occur speak with your doctor right away for further treatment options.
Q: What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
A: A relapse in symptoms may occur depending on the severity of the condition, and you may experience side effects. You should speak your doctor before you stop taking this medication.
Q: What is the best dosage to take for Flovent HFA?
A: You doctor will be able to determine the best dosage from the initial diagnosis and how you respond to the treatment over time.
Q: How long does it take for this medication to become active?
A: It can take upwards to two weeks before you notice the full effect of Flovent HFA.
Q: What happens if I miss a dose?
A: You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping.
Q: What is the best way to store this medication?
A: This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets.
Q: How do I dispose of this medication?
A: Do not throw away this medication in wastewater. Some medication can be thrown away in dry waste, some require a little preparation for disposal. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist to safely dispose any unwanted or experienced medication.
Q: Is this medication safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding?
A: Speak with your doctor about the risk associated with using this drug while pregnant. It is uncertain if this drug can pass into the breast milk of nursing mother. Consult your doctor to understand the risk in using this medication while breastfeeding.
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