It is important to use Flovent the way that your prescribing doctor instructed. Read the label on your prescription and do not take more or less than the amount you were prescribed for.
The effects of Flovent do not act quickly enough for an asthma attack. Consult with your doctor if you believe that your asthma medications are not quite as effective in relieving your symptoms, or if you notice these symptoms worsening.
Inform your doctor of any surgeries, illnesses, stressful events, or asthma attacks you have experienced or may experience, as your doctor may find it necessary to change your dose. Take the exact dose while following the same schedule unless your doctor instructs you otherwise.
Flovent is not to be used by a child without the assistance of an adult.
There is a risk of a yeast infection developing on the insides of your mouth. To reduce this risk, rinse your mouth thoroughly with water without swallowing after using Flovent. Be extra vigilant with your oral hygiene routine as fluticasone has been known to discolor your teeth and cause cavities.
If prior to using Flovent, you were taking oral steroid medication, it is extremely important to continue taking it until your doctor instructs you on how to reduce your dose in a safe way. In some cases, you may need to start taking your steroid medicine again if you are showing symptoms of heavy stress or if you have an asthma attack. Carrying around a medical information tag that outlines your need for an oral steroid in an emergency could save your life.
Routine checks with your doctor on your progress and your vision are necessary while using Flovent.
If your symptoms seem to be worsening or not improving after the first two weeks, let your doctor know. Also, inform your doctor if the numbers on your peak flow meter are less than normal, if applicable. Even if your symptoms seem to be improving, do not suddenly stop the use of Flovent as this may actually make your condition worse. Keep Flovent away from young children and pets in a cool, dry, and dark place.
If you are using the Flovent HFA, it is important to keep the mouthpiece of the inhaler facing down when not being used. Make sure the canister does not come in a range of an open flame or extreme heat conditions as it may cause the canister to explode. Even if the canister is or appears to be empty, do not attempt to tamper with or burn an empty canister.