Prescription onlyClass: Respiratory

Flovent Diskus

(fluticasone)

Prescription onlyClass: Respiratory
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Prevents breathing problems.

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Our bottom line

Flovent Diskus (Fluticasone) is good at controlling and preventing asthma symptoms when you take it every day.

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Upsides

  • 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

  • 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.
How it works

Flovent Diskus (Fluticasone) is a corticosteroid. It lowers inflammation in your lungs, which controls asthma and prevents asthma attacks.

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Side effect rates for Flovent Diskus (fluticasone)

721 From clinical trials of Flovent / Asthma (50 mcg Twice Daily)
  • Ear, nose, or throat infection
  • Throat irritation
  • Headache
  • Sinusitis/sinus infection
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Fever
  • Upper respiratory inflammation
  • Gastrointestinal discomfort and pain
  • Inflammation inside the nose
  • Musculoskeletal pain

Risks and Warnings for Flovent Diskus (fluticasone)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Lowering dose or stopping too quickly especially after long-term treatment
    • Stress such as trauma, surgery or infection

    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).

Common concerns from people taking Flovent Diskus (fluticasone)

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Kidneys and liver
  • 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).
Weight
  • Steroids can slow height growth in kids.