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New Drug Checklist

Magazine article Drug Topics

New Drug Checklist

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FLUTICASONE (floo-TlK-a-sone) (INHALATION)

Helps prevent and control asthma attacks. Belongs to a class of drugs called corticosteroids. BRAND NAME(5): Flovent

WHEN YOU SHOULD NOT TAKE THIS MEDICINE

Do not take this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to fluticasone. Tell your doctor if you have had an allergic reaction to other corticosteroids such as triamcinolone (Azmacort), flunisolide (Aerobid), or beclomethasone (Beclovent). HOW TO TAKE AND STORE THIS MEDICINE

Inhalation:

Your doctor will tell you how much medicine to take and how often. Read and follow the instructions that came with this medicine. If you also use a bronchodilator, such as Proventil , use it about five minutes before using fluticasone. Shake the inhaler immediately before each use.

Take off the cap and look at the mouthpiece to make sure it is clean. Test spray into the air before using the inhaler for the first time or if the inhaler has not been used for about one to three weeks.

Breathe out fully, getting as much air out of the lungs as possible. Put the mouthpiece just in front of your mouth; hold the canister upright.

Open your mouth and breathe in slowly and deeply (like yawning; at the same time, press down firmly on the top of the canister once. Hold your breath for about five to 10 seconds, then breathe out slowly.

If you are supposed to take more than one inhalation, wait one to two minutes before you take the next inhalation. Follow the same steps for the next inhalation, starting with shak ing the inhaler.

After you finish your treatment, rinse your mouth with water. Take the metal canister out of the case, and wash the inhaler with warm water. Let it dry completely before the If you think the canister is empty, you can test it by putting it in a bowl of cold water. If the canister floats, it is empty.

Store the medicine at room temperature away from direct sunlight, heat, or fire. Do not freeze or poke holes in the canister.

Keep all medicine out of the reach of children.

IF YOU MISS A DOSE Use the inhaler as soon as possible, unless it is almost time for your next dose.

Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next regular dose.

Do not take two doses at once.

DRUGS AND FOODS TO AVOID DRUGS AND FOODS TO AVOID Ask your doctor or pharmacist before taking any other medicine, induding over-the counter products. …

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