Flovent HFA (fluticasone propionate) is an inhalation aerosol used as prophylactic therapy for patients with asthma who are four years old and above. It could control symptoms of asthma, thus, allowing you to do normal, everyday activities.
Although Flovent HFA has unknown clinical significance, it shows binding affinity to human glucocorticoid 18x more than dexamethasone, 2x more than beclomethasone 17 monopropionate, and 3x more than budesonide. In addition, this synthetic tri fluorinated corticosteroid has anti-inflammatory effects.
Read the medication or prescription guide provided before using Flovent HFA. Then, use it precisely as prescribed by the doctor. Doses available are Flovent HFA 44 mcg(equivalent to Flovent HFA 50 mcg), Flovent HFA 110 mcg(equivalent to Flovent HFA 125mcg), and Flovent HFA 220 mcg (equivalent to Flovent HFA 250 MCG). Take this medication regularly. Additionally, at evenly spaced intervals and at the same time each day. Do not increase or decrease your dose or abruptly stop using Flovent HFA without your doctor’s advice.
Here’s the step-by-step guide on using Flovent HFA:
- Before using Flovent HFA, prime the inhaler by taking the cap off the mouthpiece. Shake the inhaler for five seconds and spray it once, away from you.
- Shake and spray the inhaler again. Do this three times. You can now see “120” on the counter.
- To use the inhaler, hold it with the mouthpiece downwards.
- Exhale from your mouth as much as you can and then put the mouthpiece in your mouth. Close your lips around the mouthpiece.
- Press the top of the canister down as you inhale deeply and slowly through your mouth.
- Take the inhaler out and close your mouth.
- Hold your breath for not less than 10 seconds, and then exhale slowly.
- Rinse your mouth with water and then, spit it out. Never swallow it.
- After use, put the cap back until it snaps.
Note: Remember to shake the inhaler for 5 seconds each time before using it.
Remember to prime the inhaler if not used within seven days or if you drop it. It is ideal to clean the inhaler once every week after your last dose in the evening.
If a child is using Flovent HFA, an adult should guide the child when using the inhaler. Children could use this inhalation aerosol with or without a valved holding chamber and a mask.
Some common side effects of Flovent HFA are:
-white patches in the mouth or mouth sores
Flovent HFA’s mild and common side effects usually disappear on their own. However, there are some severe side effects you would need to watch out for, including persistent thirst, increased urination, easy bruising or bleeding, bone pain, vision abnormalities, mental changes, and you may also experience fever, chills, or sore throat.
Avoid using this medication if you have an allergy to fluticasone propionate or any ingredients Flovent HFA may contain, like milk proteins. Tell your doctor about your allergies, medical history, or any medical condition you may have, especially infections, eye problems, bone loss, or liver problems.
Practice good hygiene and stay away from anyone who has an infection while on Flovent HFA treatment. This inhalation could mask signs of infection. Thus, it could increase your risk of having an infection or worsen any infection you may have.
Remember to rinse your mouth after every inhalation to decrease the risk of Candida Albicans or infection of the mouth or pharynx.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can Flovent HFA relieve sudden symptoms?
Flovent HFA is not for sudden breathing problems or any sudden symptoms. You should have a rescue medication intended for sudden symptoms.
Can Flovent HFA be used for acute bronchospasm?
No, Flovent HFA is not indicated for patients with acute bronchospasm.
How much does Flovent HFA cost?
You can see the Flovent HFA price at the top of our page. You may also chat or email us for more information regarding the price of this medication.
Can pregnant or breastfeeding women use Flovent HFA?
Whether this medication could cause harm to an unborn child is still unknown. There are also not enough clinical trials to know if this medication passes into the breastmilk.
Is Flovent HFA safe for long-term use?
Flovent HFA is safe and has minimal, tolerable side effects but may cause problems if used long-term.