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Flovent hfa

Generic Name: fluticasone inhalation (floo TIK a zone)
Brand Name: ArmonAir RespiClick 113, Arnuity Ellipta, Flovent Diskus, Flovent HFA
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Drug Information:
Flovent HFA is a steroid that is used to prevent asthma attacks in adults and children. This medicine is sometimes used together with steroid medicine taken by mouth. Flovent brands of fluticasone inhalation may be used in children as young as 4 years old. Arnuity Ellipta should not be used in children younger than 5 years old, and ArmonAir should not be used in anyone younger than 12 years old. Fluticasone may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide. Flovent HFA is not a rescue medicine for asthma attacks. Seek medical attention if your breathing problems get worse quickly, or if you think your asthma medications are not working as well. Learn more

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Flovent hfa Side Effects

Note: This document contains side effect information about fluticasone. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Flovent HFA.

For the Consumer

Applies to fluticasone: inhalation aerosol powder, inhalation powder

Along with its needed effects, fluticasone (the active ingredient contained in Flovent HFA) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking fluticasone:

More common

  • White patches in the mouth and throat

Less common

  • Bone pain
  • diarrhea
  • ear ache
  • fever
  • lower abdominal or stomach pain
  • nausea
  • pain on passing urine
  • redness or discharge of the eye, eyelid, or lining of the eye
  • sore throat
  • trouble swallowing
  • vaginal discharge (creamy white) and itching
  • vomiting

Rare

  • Blindness, blurred vision, eye pain
  • bone fractures
  • excess facial hair in women
  • fullness or roundness of the face, neck, and trunk
  • growth reduction in children or teenagers
  • heart problems
  • high blood pressure
  • hives, skin rash
  • impotence in males
  • increased hunger, thirst, or urination
  • lack of menstrual periods
  • muscle wasting
  • numbness and weakness of the hands and feet
  • swelling of the face, lips, or eyelids
  • tightness in the chest
  • troubled breathing
  • weakness

Incidence not known

  • Dizziness
  • fast heartbeat

Get emergency help immediately if any of the following symptoms of overdose occur while taking fluticasone:

Symptoms of overdose

  • Darkening of the skin
  • fainting
  • loss of appetite
  • mental depression
  • unusual tiredness or weakness

Some side effects of fluticasone may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common

  • Cough
  • general aches and pains or general feeling of illness
  • greenish-yellow mucus in the nose
  • headache
  • hoarseness or other voice changes
  • runny, sore, or stuffy nose

Less common

  • Bloody mucus or unexplained nosebleeds
  • eye irritation
  • headache, severe and throbbing
  • irregular or painful menstrual periods
  • joint pain
  • mouth irritation
  • muscle soreness, sprain, or strain
  • sneezing
  • stomach pain

Rare

  • Aggression
  • agitation
  • bruising
  • itching
  • restlessness
  • weight gain

Incidence not known

  • Decrease in height
  • dry mouth
  • flushed, dry skin
  • fruit-like breath odor
  • loss of voice
  • pain in the back, ribs, arms or legs
  • sweating
  • trouble sitting still
  • unexplained weight loss

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to fluticasone: compounding powder, inhalation aerosol, inhalation aerosol with adapter, inhalation powder, inhalation suspension

General

The most commonly reported adverse events have included headache, upper respiratory tract infection or inflammation, throat irritation, oral candidiasis, nausea and vomiting.

Respiratory

Very common (10% or more): Upper respiratory tract infection (up to 21%), nasal congestion/blockage

Common (1% to 10%): Cough, lower respiratory infection, sinusitis/sinus infection, hoarseness/dysphonia, bronchitis, pneumonia (in COPD patients), rhinitis

Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Paradoxical bronchospasm

Very rare (less than 0.01%):

Frequency not reported: Epistaxis; ear, nose, throat, and tonsil signs and symptoms; ear, nose, and throat polyps

Postmarketing reports: Asthma exacerbation, wheeze

Hypersensitivity

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Cutaneous hypersensitivity reactions

Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Angioedema (mainly facial and oropharyngeal), respiratory symptoms (dyspnea and/or bronchospasm)

Very rare (less than 0.01%): Anaphylactic reactions

Gastrointestinal

Very common (10% or more): Oropharyngeal candidiasis (up to 13.7%), throat irritation (up to 22%)

Common (1% to 10%): Nausea, vomiting, throat irritation, gastrointestinal discomfort and pain, viral gastrointestinal infection, toothache

Very rare (less than 0.01%): Dyspepsia

Frequency not reported: Abdominal discomfort, oral ulcerations, dental discomfort, oral erythema and rashes, month and tongue disorders

Postmarketing reports: Sore throat

Endocrine

Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Adrenal suppression

Frequency not reported: Cushing's syndrome, cushingoid features

Ocular

Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Cataract, glaucoma

Frequency not reported: Keratitis, conjunctivitis, blepharoconjunctivitis

Psychiatric

Very rare (less than 0.01%): Anxiety, sleep disorders, behavioral changes including hyperactivity and irritability (predominantly in children), depression

Musculoskeletal

Common (1% to 10%): Muscle injury, musculoskeletal pain, back pain

Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Growth retardation (pediatrics), decrease in bone mineral density

Very rare (less than 0.01%): Arthralgia

Postmarketing reports: Osteoporosis

Nervous system

Very common (10% or more): Headache (up to 14%)

Common (1% to 10%): Malaise and fatigue

Frequency not reported: Dizziness

Postmarketing reports: Aphonia

Other

Common (1% to 10%): Malaise, fever

Frequency not reported: Allergic ear, nose, and throat disorders

Dermatologic

Common (1% to 10%): Contusions, pruritus, skin rash

Frequency not reported: Photodermatitis, acne and folliculitis

Postmarketing reports: Ecchymosis

Hematologic

Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Systemic eosinophilic conditions

Metabolic

Very rare (less than 0.01%): Hyperglycemia

Frequency not reported: Fluid disturbances, weight gain, appetite disturbances

Cardiovascular

Frequency not reported: Palpitations

Postmarketing reports: Chest tightness

Editorial References and Review

Medically reviewed by USARx EDITORIAL TEAM Last updated on 1/1/2020.

Source: Drugs.com Flovent Hfa (www.drugs.com/mtm/flovent-hfa.html).