Fluticasone propionate is an inhalable antihistamine that is used to treat patients who are suffering from seasonal allergies like hay fever, chronic rhinitis and asthma etc. These are synthetically produced corticosteroids, similar to those produced by the adrenal gland. This medication is used to treat seasonal or perennial rhinitis along with asthma chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
This medicine is available in the dosage form of nasal spray and reduces the symptoms of seasonal allergies like stuffy, runny, or itchy nose; sneezing; and red, itchy, or watery eyes. This drug is prescribed for adults and children above 4 years of age. Fluticasone takes at least 8-24 hours to show its full fledged effect.
Understanding the drug:
How it works?
This drug contains steroids that work by decreasing the inflammation caused by allergic rhinitis and asthma. Corticosteroids are known to show wide range of effects on various types of cells like mast cells, eosinophils and neutrophils etc. and also on the mediators like histamines and cytokines that have inflammatory actions.
When should you avoid it?
You should not take this drug if you:
- Are allergic to Fluticasone Propionate
- Are pregnant or planning to become pregnant
- Are breast feeding mother
- Any other kind of ongoing allergies
- Have severe liver problem
- Have extreme nasal problems
- Have concomitant skin infections
How much to take?
The dosage of this drug varies with the age group for which it is suggested and the condition of the patient. Take the drug as directed by your doctor. Your doctor is the one who decides the right dosage. Therefore the drug must be always taken as recommended by the doctor or physician.
What are the strengths available?
The drug is available in following strength depending upon the active ingredient that is Fluticasone Propionate:
Flohale Rotacaps 100 mcg
Who are the manufacturers and what packs sizes are available?
Flohale Rotacaps is the product of Cipla, a leading pharmaceuticals company. This drug is available in various pack sizes of 30,60and 90 Rotacaps.
How to use?
Do not swallow Rotacaps. This is intended to be taken by inhalation only, using your Rota haler. Rinse your mouth after using as it helps to avoid any kind of throat irritation and dry mouth like conditions. Open the Rota haler capsule by holding it in a horizontal position by keeping white spot up and lighter colored end in opposite direction. Then gently breathe out and seal your lips around the mouth piece. Take a full deep breath in your mouth and hold your breath for up to ten seconds. After that take normal breath and throw away the empty capsule shell. Before using see the instructions mentioned on the leaflet. Always talk to your Doctor or Pharmacist to make sure that you are taking medicine in a right way as prescribed by the Doctor. If there is no improvement in the symptoms then talk to Doctor.
When to take?
Take your dose at the same time each day. Taking it at the same time each day will help you remember the dose. Generally, one or two puffs from your Rotacaps are effective in relieving you from the symptoms. Never take a dose more or less than the prescribed one.
For how long should it be taken?
It is important to continue taking your medicine even if you feel well. Do not stop the drug without doctor’s advice. This medicine controls your condition, but does not cure it.
What if you take too much (overdose)?
Too much Furamist may cause nasal congestion, pharyngeal candidiasis, pharyngitis, dysphoria and cough. In such a case visit nearest healthcare center or call your doctor immediately.
What if you miss the dose?
If you forget to take the dose, take it as soon as you remember, as long as it is at least 12 hours before your next dose. Do not double up the dose for the missed one.
What are the side effects?
Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you notice any of the following:
- Allergic reaction
- Difficulty in breathing
- Chest tightness
- Nasal ulceration
- Eye irritation or redness
- Nausea and vomiting
- Feeling that your heart is racing
In such cases you must go for immediate medical help. Do not get alarmed by the list. You may /may not experience all of them.
Are there any possible drug interactions?
Some of the drugs may interfere with the working of this drug like:
- “Azole" antifungal (Ketoconazole, Itraconazole, Voriconazole)
You should also ask your doctor about the full list of the drugs that should be avoided or that you should be careful of while taking Fluticasone. Also check with your doctor about any kind of prescription medicines, OTC or herbal medicines that you might be taking.
What are the things to be taken care of?
- Never let the medicine to enter into your eyes, if it happens then flush your eyes with the tap or cold water for many minutes
- Always store the medicine in an upright position
- The apt dosage and prescription is based on the information given by the patient and the condition being treated
- Don’t load the capsule until you are ready to take a dose
- This drug may decrease the growth velocity in children
- Do not give the medicine to anyone else, even if they have same conditions as you have
|US Brand Name||Flovent|
|Generic Name||Fluticasone Propionate|