Flovent is a medication mostly prescribed for the treatment of Asthma. It is works by preventing certain substance in the body to release compounds that cause inflammation.
Many brand-name companies have made their own formulations by having fluticasone propionate as their active ingredient. This ingredient comes under the class of corticosteroids hence flovent is most often referred to as a steroid. It is a prescription medication so in order to obtain the medication, you must get it prescribed.
Flovent is used to alleviate the symptoms of asthma that occur in asthma patients time and again. The medicine is not used to cure asthma but it is only used to reduce the incidences or occurrence of the attack. So the medicine will not be useful during an asthma attack because its working mechanism is not fast enough to treat the symptom as and when it occurs. But one can use it regularly as course of therapy in order to reduce the frequency of asthma attacks and other symptoms such as inflammation. By reducing the rate of inflammation in throat and airway passage, this medicine facilitates easy breathing. It also has other secondary uses such as prevention of certain kinds of lung diseases and bronchitis.
Dosage and administration
Flovent is available in the dosage strengths of 44mcg, 88mcg, 110mcg, 220mcg and 440mcg. The recommended starting dose for patients older than twelve years of age and suffering from bronchodilators is 88mcg twice a day. The highest recommended dosage for a patient would be 440mcg two times a day. For patients who range between the age group of four to eleven years, dosage is 88mcg twice daily. For patients suffering from inhaled corticosteroids it is between 88mcg to 220mcg twice daily. For the patients who are on treatment for oral corticosteroids dosage is 440mcg twice daily.
Flovent comes in the form of an aerosol liquid that must be administered orally with the help of a pump or inhaler. The container must be placed correctly near the mouth to avoid spraying the medicine near the eyes. For dosage instructions you must consult a doctor and get his advice.
Read the information leaflet carefully if you are the first time user of Flovent. Generally people use this medicine twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening. The usage and dosage instructions are identical for both generic and brand versions. The medicine is approved for adults and children who are over 4 years old.
Regular users of this medicine might sometimes suffer from common side effects such as:
- Cold symptoms
- Mouth ulcers
- Weakness in the body
- Aggravation of asthma symptoms
- Problems with liver
- Changes in vision
These side effects must be reported immediately.
What drugs interact with Flovent?
Medications like nefazodone, antifungal medication like ketoconazole, some antibiotics and certain HIV/AIDS medication should not be consumed while using Flovent. Other medications that are not mentioned here might also interact with drug hence your health care facilitator must be informed about all the medications that are currently being consumed.