Fluticasone is a steroid. It prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation.
Fluticasone is used to prevent asthma attacks. It will not treat an asthma attack that has already begun. Fluticasone HFA and Fluticasone Diskus are sometimes used together with an oral (taken by mouth) steroid medicine.
Fluticasone brands of fluticasone inhalation are for use in adults and children who are at least 4 years old. The Arnuity Ellipta brand is for adults and children who are at least 12 years old.
You should not use Fluticasone if you are allergic to fluticasone.
Do not use Fluticasone to treat an asthma attack that has already begun.
To make sure Fluticasone is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
any type of infection (bacterial, viral, or fungal);
an infection caused by parasites (such as giardia, malaria, leishmaniasis, hookworm, pinworm, toxoplasmosis, and many others);
herpes infection of the eyes;
glaucoma or cataracts;
low bone mineral density; or
a weak immune system.
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether Fluticasone will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medicine.
Use Fluticasone exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Fluticasone is not a rescue medicine. It will not work fast enough to treat an asthma attack. Use only a fast acting inhalation medicine for an asthma attack.
This medicine comes with patient instructions for safe and effective use. Follow these directions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions. Children and teenagers using this medicine may need help using the inhaler device properly.
Fluticasone is a liquid form of fluticasone that is used with an inhaler device. This device creates a spray that you inhale through your mouth and into your lungs. Your doctor or pharmacist can show you how to use an inhaler.
Fluticasone Diskus or Arnuity Ellipta is a powder form of fluticasone that comes with a special inhaler device preloaded with blister packs containing measured doses of fluticasone. The device opens and loads a blister of fluticasone each time you use the inhaler. The disk device is not to be used with a spacer. Follow the patient instructions provided with your medicine.
To reduce the chance of developing a yeast infection in your mouth, rinse with water after using Fluticasone products. Do not swallow. Pay special attention to your dental hygiene. This medicine can cause cavities or tooth discoloration.
If you switched to fluticasone from an oral (taken by mouth) steroid, you should not stop using the steroid suddenly. Follow your doctor's instructions about tapering your steroid dose. You may need to restart the oral steroid medicine if you are under stress or have an asthma attack or other medical emergency. Wear a medical alert tag or carry an ID card stating that you may need an oral steroid in an emergency.
Your doctor will need to check your progress while you are using Fluticasone. Your vision may also need to be checked at regular intervals.
Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 2 weeks of treatment, or if symptoms get worse while using Fluticasone. If you use a peak flow meter at home, call your doctor if your numbers are lower than normal.
You should not stop using Fluticasone suddenly. Stopping suddenly may make your condition worse.
Seek medical attention if you think any of your asthma medications are not working as well as usual. An increased need for medication could be an early sign of a serious asthma attack.Your dose needs may change if you have surgery, are ill, are under stress, or have recently had an asthma attack. Do not change your medication dose or schedule without your doctor's advice.
Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
Do not use more than 1 inhalation per day.
An overdose of fluticasone is not expected to produce life threatening symptoms. However, long term use of high steroid doses can lead to symptoms such as thinning skin, easy bruising, changes in the shape or location of body fat (especially in your face, neck, back, and waist), increased acne or facial hair, menstrual problems, impotence, or loss of interest in sex.
Avoid being near people who are sick or have infections. Call your doctor for preventive treatment if you are exposed to chicken pox or measles. These conditions can be serious or even fatal in people who are using steroid medicine.
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction to Fluticasone: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
weakness, tired feeling, nausea, vomiting, feeling like you might pass out;
wheezing, choking, or other breathing problems after using this medicine;
blurred vision, tunnel vision, eye pain, or seeing halos around lights;
worsening of your asthma symptoms; or
liver problems--nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, tired feeling, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).
Common Fluticasone side effects may include:
cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat, sinus pain;
low fever, cough, wheezing, chest tightness;
hoarseness or deepened voice;
white patches or sores inside your mouth or on your lips;
nausea, vomiting, upset stomach.
Tell your doctor about all medicines you use, and those you start or stop using during your treatment with Fluticasone, especially:
an antibiotic--clarithromycin, erythromycin, telithromycin;
antifungal medication--itraconazole, ketoconazole, voriconazole;
HIV/AIDS medication--atazanavir, delavirdine, fosamprenavir, indinavir, lopinavir, nelfinavir, ritonavir, saquinavir; or
steroid medicines--dexamethasone, prednisone, or others.
This list is not complete. Other drugs may interact with fluticasone inhalation, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed in this medication guide.
Keep out of the reach of children. Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.