The most common side effects of fluticasone are headache, upper respiratory infections, throat irritation, nasal congestion, nasal discharge, and hoarseness or difficulty speaking. Fluticasone may also cause bronchospasms (wheezing). Bronchospasms should be treated with a rescue inhaler. Oral candidiasis or thrush (a fungal infection) may occur. High doses of inhaled fluticasone may decrease formation and increase break-down of bone thereby weakening bones and promoting fractures. Higher doses of fluticasone also may suppress the body’s ability to make its own natural glucocorticoid in the adrenal gland. People with suppression of their adrenal glands (which can be diagnosed by a testing performed by doctors) need increased amounts of glucocorticoids, probably by the oral or intravenous route, during periods of high physical stress when glucocorticoids are particularly important. Inhaled steroids may suppress growth, weaken the immune system, and may increase the risk of glaucoma (increased eye pressure), and cataracts. Allergic reactions, including swelling of face, throat and tongue, rash, hives, and breathing problems also may occur.
FLOVENT® HFA Inhalation Aerosol is indicated for the maintenance treatment of asthma as prophylactic therapy in patients aged 4 years and older. It is also indicated for patients requiring oral corticosteroid therapy for asthma.