Flixotide Discus 100mcg
Which diseases is it used for?Flixotide Discus used for prophylactic treatment of:
• Asthmatic inflammations and exacerbations.
• Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
Note: This drug is prophylactic in nature hence it is used to prevent the conditions above; it cannot be used to treat full blown asthma.
Understanding the drug:The active ingredient in this drug is Fluticasone propionate which helps to lessen breathing difficulties and avert asthma attacks.
How does it work?This drug offers a quantified st**d for you to inhale into your lungs and, the medicine abates the swelling and irritations of the walls of the tiny air ways in your lungs. However the relive from irritations may not be realized immediately; it may take up to a week for the drug’s effects to be felt.
When should Fluticasone propionate be avoided?Fluticasone propionate medication should be avoided if you have:
• Pregnancy, planning to have one or breastfeeding.
• Medication with other st**ds.
• Allergic reactions to milk protein.
• Diabetes mellitus.
• History of oral thrush.
• Had nasal surgery.
• Nasal infections or sinuses.
How much should be taken?You should consult your doctor for the correct dosage. The dose to be taken depends on the severity of the condition. Generally, the dosage for asthmatic patients is as given below:
For patients whose age is 16 years and over: 100 -1000 mcg twice a day. The intake will also depend on the severity of the asthmatic condition of the patient that is whether mild, moderate or severe hence:
Mild: 100 - 250 mcg twice daily.
Moderate: 250 - 500 mcg twice a day.
Severe: 500 - 1000 mcg twice a day.
For children whose age is within 4 and 16 years: 50 - 100 mcg twice a day
Note:This drug is not fit for children whose age is below four years.
What are the strengths available?Based on active ingredient, Fluticasone propionate, Flixotide Discus is available in the following two strengths:
• Flixotide Discus 100mcg.
• Flixotide Discus 250mcg.
Who manufactures it?Flixotide Discus is a product of the famous GlaxoSmithKline pharmaceutical company. The drug is available on our websites in a variety of pack sizes.
How to use the drugRefer to the manufacturer’s instructions that come with the medicine pack. Read and follow the steps given carefully and in case of any confusion unclear instruction, consult your doctor. The Discus device which holds the blisters having the Flixotide powder comes with a counter at the top which keeps a record of the doses remaining.
When should you take it?Take your Flixotide dose at a particular time each day. Taking it at a particular time each day assists you remember the dose. This then becomes incorporated in your daily routine. Follow your doctor’s advice on the time of dosage. This Discus shouldn’t be used to treat an abrupt attack of breathlessness. In such a case, you will need a different type of medicine known as a 'reliever' which your doctor will prescribe to you.
For how long should it be taken?Continue to take the medicine daily, even if you feel relieved;don’t stop taking the drug without consulting your doctor.
What if you overdose?In a case you overdose, seek for medical help immediately form your doctor orthe nearest healthcare center. Always have the emergency number at hand so as to call for help the moment you feel discomfort. In case you’re not sure what to do, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
What if you miss a dose?If you omitted taking your Discus dose, take it as soon as you remember but if time for the next dose is about, forget about the missed dose. Avoid taking a double dose to compensate for the missed one.
What are its side effects?Inform your doctor the soonest possible the moment you experience any of the following:
• Itchy rashes or hives.
• Burning sensation.
• Throat irritation.
• Hoarseness of voice.
• Nose bleeding.
• Unpleasant taste and smell.
• Feeling faint and light headed.
• Aching throat or tongue.
• Irritating dry nose.
• Extremely rare side effects like perforation of nasal sputum, cataract and glaucoma.
In such cases you should seekfor medical help immediately. You may not necessarily experience all of the above side effects at once; they may vary from one patient to another.
What are the likely drug interactions?Some of the drugs that may interfere with the functioning of Flixotide include: • Chlorthalidone.
• BCG vaccine.
• Antifungal drugs like Ketoconazole and Voriconazole.
You should therefore inquire from your doctor a comprehensive list of the drugs to avoid or that you should be cautious of while taking Flixotide medication. Also consult your doctor on any kind of over the counter medicines, herbal medicines or prescription medicines that you might be currently taking.
What things should be taken care of?• This drug is not fit for the patients whose age is 4 years and below.
• Do not share the medicine with anyone else, even if the other individual has conditions similar to yours.
• If your breathing instantly becomes more difficultmoments after using your Flixotide Discus medication, you will need the services of a 'reliever puffer' and let your doctor know about it immediately.
|Generic Name||Fluticasone Propionate|
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