Flovent

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Description

Drug Description

Flovent is a drug, mainly used for the treatment of asthma. It acts by preventing certain body chemicals to release compounds leading to the inflammation.
Most famous companies have created their own formulations with fluticasone propionate as their active component. It belongs to the group of corticosteroids. Therefore, Flovent is often called a steroid. This is a prescription drug (i.e. it must be prescribed by your doctor).

Use

Flovent relieves the common symptoms of asthma. This drug is used not to treat asthma, but only to reduce the number of asthma attacks. Remember that the drug must not be used during the asthma attack, as its mechanism is not quick enough to treat the symptom when it happens. However, you should use it regularly as a treatment course to cut down the frequency of asthma attacks and relieve its symptoms such as inflammation. Decreasing the rate of inflammation in throat and airways, this drug makes breathing easier. Moreover, it is used to prevent certain pulmonary diseases and bronchitis.

Dosage

Flovent comes in the following dosages: 44mcg, 88mcg, 110mcg, 220mcg and 440mcg. The recommended initial dosage for people older than 12 and suffering from bronchodilators is 88mcg two times a day. The maximum recommended dosage is 440mcg twice a day. Patients aged from 4 to 11, should take 88mcg of the drug two times a day. Patients with inhaled corticosteroids must take from 88 to 220mcg twice daily. People taking oral corticosteroids should take 440mcg twice a day.
Flovent is available in the form of aerosol liquid that must be taken orally with the use of pump or inhaler. Place the inhaler correctly to avoid the contact of medicine with the eyes. Ask your doctor about the dosage instructions.
Read the instruction carefully before starting the treatment with Flovent. Patients usually take this drug two times a day (in the morning and in the evening). The use and dosage instructions are the same for generic and brand versions. The drug is suitable for adults and kids over the age of 4.

Adverse Effects

Patients using this drug on a regular basis may experience the following adverse effects:

  • Fever
  • Flu symptoms
  • Ulceration in the mouth
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Worsening of asthma symptoms
  • Liver dysfunction
  • Vision impairment

These adverse effects should be reported at once.

What medicines interact with Flovent?

Drugs as Nefazodone, antifungals like Ketoconazole, certain antibiotics and HIV drugs must not be combined with Flovent. Other drugs are also able to interact with drug. Therefore, you should inform your doctor about all the drugs you’re currently taking.