Medications


Fluticasone Furoate/Vilanterol Dry Powder Inhaler 0.2 mg/0.025 mg per actuation

Uses

For asthma.

Instructions

It is very important that you take the medicine at about the same time every day. It will work best if you do this.

Keep the medicine at room temperature. Avoid heat and direct light.

Do not use a spacer with this inhaler.

Ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist to show you how to use this medicine correctly.

Keep the medicine in the foil pouch until you are ready to use it.

The medicine is a very fine powder. Some patients may not feel or taste the medicine. Do not take an extra dose of medicine if you do not taste or feel the medicine being delivered.

Do not wash the inhaler in water.

Do not take the inhaler apart.

Rinse your mouth and throat with water after using the inhaler each time.

Do not swallow the water after rinsing.

Do not suddenly stop using this medicine. Stopping suddenly could cause your breathing to become worse.

It is important that you keep taking each dose of this medicine on time even if you are feeling well.

If you forget to take a dose on time, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, do not take the missed dose. Return to your normal dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses of this medicine at one time.

This medicine may affect your blood sugar levels. If you have diabetes, talk to your doctor before changing the dose of your diabetes medicine.

Please tell your doctor and pharmacist about all the medicines you take. Include both prescription and over-the-counter medicines. Also tell them about any vitamins, herbal medicines, or anything else you take for your health.

Do not share this medicine with anyone who has not been prescribed this medicine.

It is very important that you keep all appointments for medical exams and tests while on this medicine.

Cautions

This is a steroid medication used to prevent inflammation. Inflammation is our body's response to a disease that can sometimes worsen our symptoms.

If you are switching from an oral steroid medication to this medicine, it is important that your body adapts properly to this change. Please speak with your doctor or nurse for more information.

Some patients taking this medicine have experienced serious side effects. Please speak with your doctor to understand the risks and benefits associated with this medicine.

Do not use the medication any more than instructed.

If this medicine causes more wheezing or makes it harder to breathe, stop the medicine. Get medical help right away.

This medicine may reduce your body's ability to fight infections. Try to avoid contact with people with colds, flu or other infections.

Contact your doctor if you develop any signs of a new infection such as fever, cough, sore throat, or chills.

Wash your hands often and avoid close contact with people with infections such as colds and flu.

Tell the doctor or pharmacist if you are pregnant, planning to be pregnant, or breastfeeding.

Do not use this medicine during an asthma attack.

This medicine will not stop an asthma attack once it has started.

Do not start or stop any other medicines without first speaking to your doctor or pharmacist.

It is very important that you follow your doctor's instructions for all blood tests.

Tell your doctor if you have severe or persistent sweating, diarrhea or vomiting. These can increase your risk of a serious side effect.

Side Effects

The following is a list of some common side effects from this medicine. Please speak with your doctor about what you should do if you experience these or other side effects.

  • coughing
  • dry mouth
  • headaches
  • hoarseness or throat irritation
  • runny nose

Call your doctor or get medical help right away if you notice any of these more serious side effects:

  • agitated feeling or trouble sleeping
  • bone pain
  • chest pain
  • dizziness
  • fainting
  • fever
  • fast or irregular heart beats
  • increased risk for an infection
  • mood changes
  • shakiness
  • thinning of the skin
  • sore throat
  • excessive thirst
  • unusual or unexplained tiredness or weakness
  • increased urinary frequency
  • blurring or changes of vision
  • sudden or unexplained weight gain
  • worsening breathing symptoms
  • slow wound healing
  • yeast infection in the mouth or throat

A few people may have an allergic reactions to this medicine. Symptoms can include difficulty breathing, skin rash, itching, swelling, or severe dizziness. If you notice any of these symptoms, seek medical help quickly.

Extra

Please speak with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you have any questions about this medicine.

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IMPORTANT NOTE: This document tells you briefly how to take your medicine, but it does not tell you all there is to know about it.Your doctor or pharmacist may give you other documents about your medicine. Please talk to them if you have any questions.Always follow their advice. There is a more complete description of this medicine available in English.Scan this code on your smartphone or tablet or use the web address below. You can also ask your pharmacist for a printout. If you have any questions, please ask your pharmacist.


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