The fluticasone inhaler is an inhaler that belongs to a class of asthma medications known as inhaled corticosteroids. The medication contained in a fluticasone inhaler can help prevent asthma attacks. Do not use the inhaler to treat an asthma attack -- the medication does not act fast enough to be effective in such situations. Side effects of fluticasone inhaler can include upper respiratory tract infections, headaches, and sinus infections.
What Is the Fluticasone Inhaler?
Fluticasone inhaler (Flovent®) is a prescription medication used to prevent asthma attacks. It comes in two forms, an "HFA" inhaler and a "Diskus®" inhaler.
"HFA" stands for hydrofluoroalkane, which is the propellant used in fluticasone inhalers. Because the fluticasone HFA inhaler uses hydrofluoroalkane, it is an environmentally-friendly inhaler. The fluticasone HFA inhaler has replaced the old fluticasone inhaler, which contained substances that may deplete the ozone layer. The fluticasone Diskus is a dry powder inhaler device.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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