What is this medication?
Fluticasone (Inhaled), Flovent/Arnuity/ArmonAir
Oral Inhalant; Corticosteroid
Brand Name Canada: Aermony
US Equivalent: ArmonAir
Fluticasone (Inhaled), Flovent/Arnuity/ArmonAir is officially indicated for use in asthma. It is also prescribed off-label for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and eosinophilic esophagitis. (may be used for conditions not listed)
How does this medication work?
Fluticasone (Inhaled), Flovent/Arnuity/ArmonAir may reduce the formation, release, and activity of inflammatory mediators such as kinins, histamine and prostaglandins. Reduces cell migration to the affected area and reverses dilation and blood vessel permeability resulting in decreased access of cells to the site. Extremely potent vasoconstrictive and anti-inflammatory action.
What should I watch for while using this medication?
Before starting Fluticasone (Inhaled), Flovent/Arnuity/ArmonAir make sure your physician is aware of any allergies or medications you currently are taking, if you have severe liver disease, cataracts, glaucoma, an active infection, are pregnant or breastfeeding.
How should I take this medication?
1-2 actuations once or twice daily depending on condition it is used for and which product is used
How to Take: HFAs should be shaken first and a few priming puffs should be sprayed before first use or if the inhaler has not been used in 2-3 weeks. Rinse mouth with water after use of any orally inhaled steroid to prevent oral candidiasis (thrush). Use consistently as the same times each day unless otherwise directed. Store at room temperature.
You Need to Avoid: Avoid contact with eyes
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of medication, try to take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, take only that scheduled dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
How should I store this medication?
Keep this and all medication out of the reach of children. Store this medication at room temperature in its foil pouch until you are ready to use the inhaler for the first time. This protects the medication from moisture in the air. Discard the inhaler 30 days after opening the foil pouch or when the counter on the inhaler reads "0", whichever happens sooner.
What are the possible side effects of using this medication?
Fatigue, malaise, headache, oral candidiasis (thrush), arthralgia (joint pain), muscle pain, upper respiratory tract irritation/infection
Note this is not a complete list of side effects, only common ones.
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