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The Flovent HFA Inhaler is an inhalation medicine used to prevent asthma attacks in adults and children at least 4 years old. The main ingredient in the Flovent inhaler is fluticasone, a corticosteroid that reduces inflammation and swelling in the airways. This drug helps improve asthma symptoms like wheezing and shortness of breath so that patients may carry on with their normal activities. Flovent HFA should be used regularly to be effective. As fluticasone is a long-term asthma treatment, this inhaler cannot be used in place of an emergency rescue inhaler.
Use Flovent HFA exactly as directed by your doctor.
Before taking Flovent HFA, read the patient information and medication guide provided.
Before taking Flovent HFA, inform your doctor if you are allergic to fluticasone. Signs of an allergic reaction include hives, difficulty breathing, and swelling to the face, lips, tongue, and throat. Also, inform your doctor if you have or have ever had:
Long-term use of Flovent HFA may lead to bone loss, especially if you smoke, do not exercise, or do not get enough vitamin D and calcium. Ask your doctor whether the benefit of this medication outweighs its risks. It is unknown whether fluticasone is unsafe for pregnant women. However, it may not be safe to breastfeed while using Flovent HFA.
Common side effects of Flovent HFA include:
Severe side effects of Flovent HFA (fluticasone) may include:
How long does Flovent stay in your system?
Flovent HFA is a long-acting corticosteroid medicine that can have lasting benefits of up to 24 hours. This is because the half-life of fluticasone is around 14 hours. Doctors do not recommend stopping Flovent HFA suddenly because doing so may worsen your condition. If you wish to clear your system of fluticasone, talk to your doctor about safely weaning you off Flovent HFA.
How many puffs of Flovent should I take?
Each patient is different, and your doctor may direct you to take a certain number of puffs depending on your health condition. However, the general guideline is to take two puffs, twice daily.
Can I use Flovent HFA in an emergency?
Flovent HFA is a long-acting asthma medication and should not be used during an asthma attack as a rescue inhaler. Fluticasone should only be used before an asthma attack takes place to prevent symptoms. However, once an asthma attack has started, always use an inhaler medication designed for emergency use.