Flovent, also called Fluticasone, belongs to the family of medicines known as corticosteroids, and is used to help prevent the symptoms of asthma. When used regularly, Flovent decreases the number and severity of asthma attacks, but will not relieve an asthma attack that has already started.
Be sure to tell your doctor of any allergies you have whether it is to medication or food, preservatives, or dyes. Tell your doctor immediately if you are, or become pregnant, or are breastfeeding. Also, tell your doctor of any other medications you are taking, including vitamins and supplements, and any medical conditions you may have.
It is very important that you take this medicine exactly as your doctor tells you to. If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember, and space the remaining doses evenly throughout the day. Do NOT double doses.
Talk with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur: white patches in mouth and throat; diarrhea; ear ache; fever; lower abdominal pain; nausea; pain on passing urine; redness or discharge of the eye, eyelid, or lining of the eye; shortness of breath; sore throat; trouble in swallowing; vaginal discharge (creamy white) and itching; vomiting; blindness, blurred vision, eye pain; large hives; bone fractures; excess facial hair in women; fullness or roundness of face, neck, and trunk; growth reduction in children or adolescents; heart problems; high blood pressure; hives and skin rash; impotence in males; lack of menstrual periods; muscle wasting; numbness and weakness of hands and feet; weakness; swelling of face, lips, or eyelids; tightness in chest, troubled breathing, or wheezing.
The active component of FLOVENT 44 mcg Inhalation Aerosol, FLOVENT 110 mcg Inhalation Aerosol, and FLOVENT 220 mcg Inhalation Aerosol is fluticasone propionate, a glucocorticoid having the chemical name S-(fluoromethyl)6a,9-difluoro-11b,17-dihydroxy-16a- methyl-3-oxoandrosta-1,4-diene-17b-c arbothioate, 17-propionate. Fluticasone propionate is a white to off-white powder with a molecular weight of 500.6. It is practically insoluble in water, freely soluble in dimethyl sulfoxide and dimethylformamide, and slightly soluble in methanol and 95% ethanol. FLOVENT 44 mcg Inhalation Aerosol, FLOVENT 110 mcg Inhalation Aerosol, and FLOVENT 220 mcg Inhalation Aerosol are pressurized, metered-dose aerosol units intended for oral inhalation only. Each unit contains a microcrystalline suspension of fluticasone propionate (micronized) in a mixture of 2 chlorofluorocarbon propellants (trichlorofluoromethane and dichlorodifluoromethane) with soya lecithin. Each actuation of the inhaler delivers 50, 125, or 250 mcg of fluticasone propionate from the valve and 44, 110, or 220 mcg, respectively, of fluticasone propionate from the actuator.
Flovent has the following structural formula: