Compare Flovent vs. Theophylline

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Flovent Diskus
(fluticasone)

Theo-24
(theophylline)

Prevents breathing problems. Flovent Diskus (Fluticasone) is good at controlling and preventing asthma symptoms when you take it every day.Coming soon.
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Reviews for Flovent
68%
of people (All ages) say Flovent is worth it
39%
say it works well
8%
say it's a big hassle
483 reviews
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Side effects
FloventTheophylline
  • Ear, nose, or throat infection 4%
  • Throat irritation 5%
  • Headache 5%
  • Sinusitis/sinus infection 3%
  • Nausea and vomiting 4%
  • Fever 3%
  • Upper respiratory inflammation 2%
  • Gastrointestinal discomfort and pain 1%
  • Inflammation inside the nose 2%
  • Musculoskeletal pain 2%
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How it works
FloventTheophylline
Flovent Diskus (Fluticasone) is a corticosteroid. It lowers inflammation in your lungs, which controls asthma and prevents asthma attacks.Coming soon.
Type of medication
FloventTheophylline
Prescription only
Available as
FloventTheophylline
  • Inhaler
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Liquid
Used for
FloventTheophylline
  • Asthma Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Exercise Induced Asthma Prophylaxis Nocturnal Asthma
Risk factors for serious side effects
FloventTheophylline
  • Lowering dose or stopping too quickly especially after long-term treatment
  • Stress such as trauma, surgery or infection
  • Severe milk protein allergy
  • Bacterial or viral infection not being treated
  • Long-term treatment with Flovent Diskus (Fluticasone)
Detailed Flovent Diskus (fluticasone) risks & warnings »
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    Pregnancy

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    Kidneys and liver
    FloventTheophylline
    • Adrenal suppression can occur if you lower your dose or stop taking Flovent Diskus (Fluticasone) too quickly. Symptoms include joint or muscle pain, extreme low energy and depression. Changes in your medication need to be done slowly and over time. Talk to your doctor before you decrease or stop Flovent Diskus (Fluticasone).
    No kidneys and liver related info.
    Weight
    FloventTheophylline
    • Steroids can slow height growth in kids.
    No weight related info.
    Upsides and benefits
    FloventTheophylline
    • Relieves symptoms and improves control of asthma.
    • People report fewer asthma symptoms and better lung function when they take it every day.
    • Inhaling this medicine (rather than taking an oral steroid) gets more into the lungs and less into rest of your body, which lowers the risk of side effects. Inhaled corticosteroids can be used safely for years compared to oral corticosteroids like prednisone.
    • Available as both an inhaler and Diskus device.
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    Downsides and risks
    FloventTheophylline
    • You have to use Fluticasone every day to control your symptoms.
    • You can't lower the dose or stop taking it too suddenly.
    • Steroids can slow height growth in kids.
    • Because steroids suppress your immune system, you can catch bacterial and viral infections easier, and they can take longer to go away.
    • Can cause new or worsening eye pressure, glaucoma, and cataracts.
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    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    FloventTheophylline
    • Use it every day to control your asthma symptoms.
    • Can take 2 weeks or more to feel full effects.
    • Pump the inhaler 4 times before your first dose, or if it's been more than 7 days since your last dose.
    • Wait at least 1 minute between doses.
    • Rinse your out mouth with water after each use.
    • Hold your breath for 10 seconds after using Advair Diskus.
    • Don't breathe out into the inhaler mouthpiece.
    • Tell your doctor if the medication stops working or if your symptoms get worse.
    • Diskus contains lactose, so don't use it if you're allergic to milk protein.
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