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Flovent® HFA

Flovent® HFA

Generic Name: Fluticasone propionate

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Flovent® HFA

Instructions for use

  1. Wash and dry your hands well.
  2. Remove the mouthpiece cover and check for loose parts inside the mouthpiece.
  3. Shake the inhaler several times – about 5 seconds.
  4. Prime the inhaler into the air (away from your face) if the unit is new or you have not used it for 7 days.
  5. Sit up straight or stand up.
  6. Exhale out through your mouth fully and hold the inhaler so the mouthpiece is at the bottom and the canister is sticking out of the top.
  7. Place the mouthpiece between your lips. Make sure that your tongue is flat under the mouthpiece and does not block the opening.
  8. Seal your lips around the mouthpiece.
  9. Push the canister all the way down as you begin to slowly take in a deep breath over 5 seconds through your mouth.
  10. Hold your breath for 10 seconds. If you cannot hold your breath for 10 seconds, then hold your breath for as long as possible.
  11. Wait 30 seconds if you need another dose of medicine.
  12. Repeat steps 5–10 until you reach the dose prescribed by your doctor.
  13. Rinse your mouth after the last puff of medicine and spit the water out or brush your teeth — do not swallow.
  14. Replace the mouthpiece cover after each use. Store in a cool dry place.

Key product details

Medication Class & Use

  • Corticosteroid (maintenance inhaler or steroid inhaler): Works by decreasing inflammation, swelling, and mucus production over time. This medicine will help open airways and make breathing easier if used every day, even when feeling well.

Dosing

  • Asthma dosing: 88 mcg-440 mcg twice daily.
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  • Available strengths: 44 mcg/inhalations; 110 mcg/actuation; 220 mcg/actuation.
  • Each inhaler contains 120 inhalations.

Priming

  • Priming: 4 sprays before first use and 1 spray if you have not used it within 7 days or if the inhaler has been dropped.

Refill

  • Inhaler is empty when dose counter reads 000.

Cleaning

  • Clean at least weekly. Use a circular motion with cotton swab damped with water to clean the small circular medication opening. Wipe the mouthpiece with a dampened tissue. Let the inhaler air dry.

References

  1. Galvin WF, Dunn PJ, Kallstrom TJ. A Patient’s Guide to Aerosol Drug Delivery. American Association for Respiratory Care; 2010.
  2. Product Information: FLOVENT(R) HFA inhalation aerosol, fluticasone propionate inhalation aerosol. GlaxoSmithKline, Research Triangle Park, NC, 2016.

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