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How to Use the Fluticasone Diskus

Some general considerations for when and how to use the fluticasone Diskus include the following:
 
  • The fluticasone Diskus is used twice daily, with about 12 hours between doses.
     
  • The fluticasone Diskus is used differently than older inhalers. It contains small foil pockets which contain the powder. These pockets are punctured (by sliding the lever until it clicks), and the powder is inhaled using your own breath.
     
  • Rinse out your mouth (without swallowing) after each dose, in order to prevent thrush.
     
  • Be sure to keep the fluticasone Diskus horizontal while using (otherwise the powder can spill out). Never exhale into the inhaler, as this will also disrupt the powder.
     
  • It is important to learn exactly how to use your fluticasone Diskus. It may be difficult at first and may require practice.
     
  • Some people may not taste or feel the fine powder. Most of the taste is due to propellants (which are not used in the fluticasone Diskus).
     
  • The fluticasone Diskus should be used at the same time each day to maintain an even level of the drug in your blood.
     
  • For this medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. It will not work if you stop taking it.
     

Factors Affecting Your Fluticasone Inhaler Dosage

The dose of fluticasone inhaler your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
 
  • Your age
  • The severity of your asthma
  • Other medications you may be taking.
     
As always, do not adjust your fluticasone inhaler dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
 
(Click Fluticasone Inhaler Dosing for more information about dosing for fluticasone inhaler.)
 
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