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Flovent Diskus is an inhalant medication used to prevent symptoms of asthma like wheezing and shortness of breath. The Flovent Diskus Inhaler contains Fluticasone Propionate inhalation powder and is classified as a corticosteroid. The medication works to reduce the swelling and inflammation of the body's air ways to help you breathe better.
Make sure to read any paper work or instructions given to you by the pharmacist to ensure you are using the inhaler properly. A typical treatment is 2 doses in 24 hours evenly spaced throughout the day. However, your doctor may prescribe a different dose schedule with different dosage strengths based on your condition. It is best to follow the directions given to you by doctor and pharmacist to ensure a safe and effective treatment.
Regular use of the Flovent Diskus inhaler will ensure the best results and can take upwards to 2 weeks to reach maximum effect. When inhaling the medication be sure to breath deeply to receive the maximum amount of medication into your system. If multiple inhalations are prescribed, allow at least 1 minute between inhalations
Taking apart or cleaning the device is ill advised, therefore, it is good practice to avoid exhaling into the device.
To prevent infections in the mouth, rinse with water and gargle without swallowing the rinse water.
Flovent Diskus inhaler does not relieve sudden asthma attacks, and a back up inhaler may be required to relieve sudden symptoms. If you do not have a back up inhaler, speak with your doctor on possibilities for additional treatment.
Make sure to speak with your doctor about past medical conditions, known allergies, and any medication you are taking to avoid complications during your treatment with the Flovent Diskus inhaler.
Fluticasone can prevent your body from showing signs of infection. Make sure to practice good hygiene by washing your hands to prevent the spread of infections or other diseases. Take care to avoid others with transmittable infections like the flu, measles or chickenpox as your body's immunizations/vaccinations may be less effective while using the Flovent Diskus inhaler.
Some side effects can include:
Candida albicans infection
Hypercorticism and adrenal suppression
Reduction in bone mineral density
Glaucoma and cataracts
While not everyone will experience these side effects, contact your doctor or pharmacist if any side effects become too severe. Other treatment options may be available, and your doctor or pharmacist can help you manage these side effects.
Q: Is this safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding?
A: There could be risk involved during pregnancy and the medication may be able to pass into the breast milk and be transmitted to the infant while nursing. Much of the risk is still not fully understood in all medical cases involving the use if the Flovent Diskus inhaler during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Therefore, it is best to speak with your doctor in order to understand what risks are involved.
Q: I am already using an inhaler along with my Flovent Diskus inhaler, do I use both?
A: Yes, but not at the same time. The Flovent Diskus inhaler is meant for long term relief of asthmatic symptoms and does not provide immediate relief like other inhalers do. Use the Flovent Diskus inhaler as instructed by your doctor. If you already have an inhaler, it should be used as a back up for immediate relief. In all other cases speak with your doctor on ways to manage multiple inhalers.
Q: Do I loose my immunity or vaccinations when I use the Flovent Diskus inhaler?
A: You should not loose immunity or vaccination after using the Flovent Diskus inhaler, but your body may have difficulty showing signs of infection during treatment with this medication. Therefore, it's important to practice good hygiene and avoid being around people with transmittable diseases while using the Flovent Diskus inhaler. Speak with your doctor or pharmacist to learn more about how your immune system works during treatment with the Flovent Diskus inhaler.
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