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Flovent HFA Inhaler is an aerosol inhalant medication used to prevent symptoms of asthma like wheezing and shortness of breath. Flovent HFA 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. Make sure the inhaler is primed and shake for 5 seconds before administering a dose. Dose and schedule can vary in each diagnosis, therefore, you should follow explicitly the instructions given to you by your doctor. If more than dose is require allow at least 30 second between inhalations. The Flovent HFA Inhaler is best used at evenly spaced intervals and should be taken regularly for maximum effect.
Make sure you keep track of the inhalations available on the inhaler it self, and discard the inhaler when the counter reads zero. Cleaning the inhaler often will prevent residue build up and deliver the exact dose.
To prevent infections in the mouth, rinse with water and gargle without swallowing the rinse water.
Flovent HFA Inhaler 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 HFA 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 HFA 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 Flovent HFA inhaler during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Therefore, it is best to speak with your doctor in order to understand what risks are involved.
Q: What does HFA stand for?
A: HFA is the propellant for the inhaler and is short for Hydrofluoroalkane.
Q: I am already using an inhaler along with my Flovent HFA inhaler, do I use both?
A: Yes, but not at the same time. The Flovent HFA inhaler is meant for long term relief of asthmatic symptoms and does not provide immediate relief like other inhalers do. Use the Flovent HFA inhaler 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 HFA inhaler inhaler?
A: You should not loose immunity or vaccination after using the Flovent HFA 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 HFA inhaler. Speak with your doctor or pharmacist to learn more about how your immune system works during treatment with the Flovent HFA inhaler.
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