FLUTICASONE-ORAL AEROSOL INHALER, Flovent (cont.)
PRECAUTIONS: Before taking fluticasone, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to peanuts, soybean, or soya lecithin; or if you have any other allergies. Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: tuberculosis, untreated or active infections, herpes infection of the eye, eye disease (glaucoma), decreased adrenal gland function. If you have switched from an oral corticosteroid (e.g., prednisone tablets) to this inhaler within the past 12 months, or if you have been using this product in higher-than-usual doses and suddenly stop using it, your body may not produce enough natural steroids. You may need to start taking additional corticosteroids, especially if your body is stressed due to a major infection, surgery or injury. Tell your doctor immediately if you experience unusual weakness, weight loss, or dizziness. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details, and inform them that you use (or have used) any type of corticosteroid. This medication may mask signs of infection or put you at greater risk of developing them. Report any signs of infection (e.g., persistent sore throat/fever/cough) that occur during treatment. Avoid exposure to chickenpox or measles infection while taking this medication. If you are exposed to these infections, seek immediate medical attention. Caution is advised when using this drug in children. Though it is unlikely to occur with inhaled steroids (fluticasone), this medication may temporarily slow down a child's rate of growth, but it will probably not affect final adult height. Monitor your child's height periodically. This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
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