Flovent (Fluticasone) is a steroid. It prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation. Flovent is used to prevent asthma attacks. It works by decreasing inflammation in the lungs and thereby opening the airways. When used regularly every day, inhaled fluticasone decreases the number and severity of asthma attacks. It will not treat an asthma attack that has already begun.
We currently have the brand manufactured by GSK (also known as Flixotide) and the generic from India manufactured by Cipla (also known as Flohale). It may come from other manufacturers and countries around the world. Flovent is available in several dosage forms: an HFA inhaler, available in 50 mcg/120 dose, 125 mcg/120 dose, and 250 mcg/120 dose; a diskus inhaler, available in 100 mcg/60 dose and 250 mcg/60 dose; a nebule, available in 0.5 mg/2 ml and and 2 mg/2 ml.
Stop using fluticasone and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
• Blurred vision or pain in the eye;
• Signs of infection such as fever, chills, sore throat, ear pain, flu symptoms;
• Skin rash, bruising, severe tingling, numbness, pain, muscle weakness;
• Weakness, tired feeling, nausea, vomiting, and feeling like you might pass out;
• Wheezing or breathing problems after using this medication;
• Worsening asthma symptoms
Less serious side effects of fluticasone may include:
• Dryness in your mouth, nose or throat;
• Hoarseness or deepened voice;
• Stuffy nose, sinus pain, coughs;
• White patches or sores inside your mouth or on your lips
The most important factor in utilizing flovent to improve your asthma symptoms is taking it correctly. Using flovent only when you are experiencing asthma symptoms is not a good way to control your asthma. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience episodes of asthma that are not responsive to bronchodilators (such as salbutamol or terbutaline) while using this medication. Do not stop this medication abruptly, as this may result in withdrawal symptoms such as stomach discomfort, pain or worsening of asthma.