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Fluticasone is a synthetic glucocorticoid.Both the furoate and propanoate esters, fluticasone furoate and fluticasone propionate, are used as topical anti-inflammatories and inhaled corticosteroids.

WHAT IS FLUTICASONE?

Fluticasone is a glucocorticoid often prescribed as treatment for asthma and allergic rhinitis. Fluticasone is in a class of medications called steroids. It works by reducing swelling in the airways.

Fluticasone is often use in combination with salmeterol to prevent wheezing, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties caused by asthma.

Fluticasone is marketed with the brand name Flixotide® and Flixonase® by Allen & Hanburys and Flovent® and Flonase® by GlaxoSmithKline.

 

Brand Name(s): Prozac; Sarafem

CAS nº: 54910-89-3

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Product Info

The sections below will provide you with more specific information and guidelines related to fluticasone and its correct use. Please read them carefully.

FDA Information

The Food and Drug Administration has approved Fluticasone Propionate Nasal Spray, the first generic version of the brand name drug Flonase, giving American consumers an additional, lower cost alternative when choosing prescription drug products.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of Flovent HFA in children four to eleven years of age with asthma.

Why is this medication prescribed?

Fluticasone propionate is a glucocorticoid often prescribed as treatment for asthma and allergic rhinitis. Fluticasone is in a class of medications called steroids. It works by reducing swelling in the airways.

Fluticasone is often use in combination with salmeterol to prevent wheezing, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties caused by asthma.

Fluticasone is marketed with the brand name Flixotide® and Flixonase® by Allen & Hanburys and Flovent® and Flonase® by GlaxoSmithKline.

Other uses for this medicine

This medication may be prescribed for other uses. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Dosage and using this medicine

Fluticasone comes as an aerosol to inhale by mouth. Fluticasone is usually inhaled twice a day.

To help you remember to use fluticasone, use it around the same times every day.

Use fluticasone exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not use more or less of it or use it more often than prescribed by your doctor.

Continue to take fluticasone even if you feel well. Do not stop taking fluticasone without talking to your doctor. If you miss doses or stop using fluticasone, your symptoms may return. Your doctor will probably decrease your dose gradually.

Fluticasone controls asthma but does not cure it. Your symptoms may improve 24 hours after you begin taking fluticasone, but it may take 2 weeks or longer before you feel the full benefit of the medication.

The inhaler that comes with fluticasone aerosol is designed for use only with a canister of fluticasone. Never use it to inhale any other medication, and never use any other inhaler to inhale fluticasone.

If you are using any other inhaled medications, ask your doctor or pharmacist whether you should inhale these medications a certain amount of time before or after you use fluticasone inhalation.

Each canister of fluticasone aerosol is designed to provide 60 or 120 inhalations, depending on its size. After the labeled number of inhalations has been used, later inhalations may not contain the correct amount of medication. You should keep track of the number of inhalations you have used and throw away the canister after you have used the labeled number of inhalations even if it still contains some liquid. You can divide 60 or 120 by the number of inhalations you use each day to find out how many days your inhaler will last.

To use the aerosol inhaler, follow these steps:

Be sure that the inhaler is at room temperature. Shake the inhaler well for 15 seconds.

Remove the cap form the mouthpiece. The strap on the side of the cap will stay attached to the actuator to keep the cap from getting lost. If the strap does come off and the cap gets lost, check the mouthpiece for dirt and other objects before each use.

Be sure the canister is correctly inserted in the actuator.

If you are using the inhaler for the first time, or you have not used the inhaler in at least 4 weeks, hold it pointing away from you and release four sprays into the air. If you have not used the inhaler in 1-3 weeks, release one spray into the air.

Be careful not to spray the medication into your eyes.

Breathe out through your mouth.

Hold the inhaler facing you with the mouthpiece on the bottom. Place your thumb under the mouthpiece and your index finger on the top of the canister. Place the mouthpiece in your mouth and close your lips around it or hold the inhaler 1-2 inches away from your open mouth.

Breathe in deeply and slowly through your mouth. At the same time, press down firmly on the top of the canister with your index finger.

Continue to inhale and try to hold your breath for 10 seconds. While you are holding your breath, remove the inhaler from your mouth and let go of the canister. Breathe out.

If your doctor told you to inhale more than one puff, wait 30 seconds, shake the canister again, and repeat steps 5-9 for each puff.

Put the cap back on the mouthpiece.

Rinse your mouth with water, but do not swallow the water.

What special precautions should I follow?

BEFORE TAKING FLUTICASONE:

Tell your doctor if you have been sick or had an infection of any kind. You may not be able to use fluticasone inhalation until you are well.

Fluticasone is in FDA pregnancy category C. This medication may be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

It is not known whether fluticasone passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use fluticasone inhalation without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Fluticasone can affect growth in children. Talk with your doctor if you think your child is not growing at a normal rate while using this medication.

Do not give this medicine to a child younger than 4 years old.

Long-term use of steroids may lead to bone loss (osteoporosis), especially if you smoke, if you do not exercise, if you do not get enough vitamin D or calcium in your diet, or if you have a family history of osteoporosis. Talk with your doctor about your risk of osteoporosis.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

If you miss a dose of this medicine, use it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double dose.

What side effects can this medication cause?

Side effects from fluticasone are common:

unexplained nosebleeds
cough
headache
nausea
shortness of breath
vomiting

Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

headache
nasal irritation or dryness
sore throat
sneezing
nosebleed
change in taste or smell

If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:

increased difficulty breathing
swelling of eyelids, face, or lips
skin rash or hives
tingling of the hands or feet
white spots in the mouth or nose

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

What storage conditions are needed for this medicine?

Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom).

Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.

In case of an emergency/overdose

In case of overdose, call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency services at 911.

Symptoms of overdose may include:

blindness
blurred vision
bone fractures
excess facial hair growth in females
fullness of face, neck, and trunk
high blood pressure
impotence in males
increased thirst or urination
lack of menstrual periods
muscle wasting
weakness

Product Images

PICTURES OF fluticasone PILLS

Below you will find images and specific information on the principal types of fluticasone that exist, including their respective brand name(s), strength, inscription codes and manufacturers.

The information below includes general information and guidelines for patients taking this medication and should never be used to substitute professional medical advice that can be provided by a qualified physician or family doctor.

Name: CUTIVATE
Strength(s): 0.005%
Imprint: CUTIVATE OINTMENT 0.005%
Manufacturer: PHARMADERM

Name: FLUTICASONE
Strength(s): 0.005%
Imprint: FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE
Manufacturer: PERRIGO CO.

Name: FLUTICASONE
Strength(s): 0.05% MCG
Imprint: FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE
Manufacturer: TARO PHARM. USA

Name: CUTIVATE
Strength(s): 0.05%
Imprint: CUTIVATE Cream 0.05%
Manufacturer: PHARMADERM

Name: FLUTICASONE
Strength(s): 0.05%
Imprint: FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE
Manufacturer: PERRIGO CO.

Name: FLONASE
Strength(s): 0.05 MG
Imprint: FLONASE
Manufacturer: GLAXOSMITHKLINE

Name: FLOVENT
Strength(s): 50 MCG
Imprint: FLOVENT
Manufacturer: GLAXOSMITHKLINE

Name: FLONASE
Strength(s): 100 MCG
Imprint: FLOVENT
Manufacturer: GLAXOSMITHKLINE

Name: ADVAIR
Strength(s): 250/50 MG
Imprint: ADVAIR DISKUS 100/50
Manufacturer: GLAXOSMITHKLINE

Name: ADVAIR
Strength(s): 500/50 MG
Imprint: ADVAIR DISKUS 100/50
Manufacturer: GLAXOSMITHKLINE

 

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