DRUG INTERACTIONS: This drug should not be used with the following medications because very serious interactions may occur: aldesleukin, mifepristone. If you are currently using any of these medications, tell your doctor or pharmacist before starting fluticasone. Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use, especially of: oral corticosteroids (e.g., prednisone, dexamethasone), drugs affecting the removal of fluticasone from your system (potent CYP 3A4 inhibitors such as ketoconazole, ritonavir). Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call the US national poison hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canadian residents should call their local poison control center directly.

NOTES: Do not share this medication with others. Learn to use a peak flow meter. Use it daily and promptly report worsening asthma (such as readings in the yellow or red range, or increased use of quick-relief inhalers). Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you need to use 4 or more puffs daily for 2 or more consecutive days or more than 1 inhaler (200 puff canister) every 8 weeks of your quick-relief inhaler. Make sure all of your doctors know that you are using this medication or have used it in the past. Laboratory and/or medical tests (e.g., cortisol levels, lung function, eye exam) should be performed periodically to monitor your progress or check for side effects. Consult your doctor for more details.

MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.

STORAGE: Store the US product at room temperature between 36-86 degrees F (2-30 degrees C). Store the Canadian product at room temperature between 59-86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C). Store the medication away from light and moisture. Avoid freezing. Do not puncture or expose this medication to high heat or open flame. Keep all medicines away from children and pets.

MEDICAL ALERT: Your condition can cause complications in a medical emergency. For enrollment information call MedicAlert at 1-800-854-1166 (USA), or 1-800-668-1507 (Canada).

Last Editorial Review: 3/2/2005

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