Fluticasone HFA Aerosol Inhaler

Name: Fluticasone HFA Aerosol Inhaler

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Fluticasone HFA Aerosol Inhaler?

  • If you have an allergy to fluticasone or any other part of this medicine.
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • If you take any drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) that must not be taken with fluticasone HFA aerosol inhaler, like certain drugs that are used for HIV, infections, or depression. There are many drugs that must not be taken with this medicine. Your doctor or pharmacist can tell you if you are taking a drug that must not be taken with fluticasone HFA aerosol inhaler.

This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with this medicine.

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take fluticasone HFA aerosol inhaler with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

How is this medicine (Fluticasone HFA Aerosol Inhaler) best taken?

Use this medicine as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • Follow how to use as you have been told by the doctor or read the package insert.
  • To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.
  • Keep using fluticasone HFA aerosol inhaler as you have been told by your doctor or other health care provider, even if you feel well.
  • Use this medicine at the same time of day.
  • For breathing in only.
  • Rinse out mouth after each use. Do not swallow the rinse water. Spit it out.
  • Have your puffer (inhaler) use checked with your doctor at each visit. Read and follow facts on how to use the puffer. Make sure you use the puffer the right way.
  • If using more than 1 type of puffer (inhaler), ask the doctor which puffer to use first.
  • Shake well before use.
  • Prime before first use by shaking well for 5 seconds and then spraying into the air. Do this again 3 more times. If the puffer (inhaler) has not been used for more than 7 days or is dropped, shake well for 5 seconds and then spray into the air 1 time.
  • Do not get fluticasone HFA aerosol inhaler in the eyes.
  • Put the cap back on after you are done using your dose.
  • A spacer may be used with the puffer (inhaler) for easy use.
  • Do not use near an open flame or while smoking. It may burst.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
  • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Signs of infection like fever, chills, very bad sore throat, ear or sinus pain, cough, more sputum or change in color of sputum, pain with passing urine, mouth sores, or wound that will not heal.
  • Signs of a weak adrenal gland like a very bad upset stomach or throwing up, very bad dizziness or passing out, muscle weakness, feeling very tired, mood changes, not hungry, or weight loss.
  • Signs of Cushing's disease like weight gain in the upper back or belly, moon face, very bad headache, or slow healing.
  • Feeling very tired, weak, or touchy; trembling; having a fast heartbeat, confusion, sweating, or dizziness if you missed a dose or recently stopped this medicine.
  • Flushing.
  • Redness or white patches in mouth or throat.
  • Bone or joint pain.
  • Change in eyesight.
  • Trouble speaking.
  • This medicine can cause very bad breathing problems right after you take a dose. Sometimes, this may be life-threatening. If you have trouble breathing, breathing that is worse, wheezing, or coughing after using fluticasone HFA aerosol inhaler, use a rescue inhaler and get medical help right away.

What are some other side effects of Fluticasone HFA Aerosol Inhaler?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

  • Headache.
  • Feeling tired or weak.
  • Nose and throat irritation.
  • Flu-like signs.
  • Runny nose.
  • Nose stuffiness.
  • Upset stomach or throwing up.
  • Loose stools (diarrhea).

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

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