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Medication Detail

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Medication Type

Long Term Control, should be taken every day as prescribed

Generic Names

Flunisolide

Brand Names

Aerospan HFA®

Description

This medication is an inhaler used twice a day for long term control of asthma symptoms. It prevents irritation and swelling in the airways.

Delivery

MDI (metered dose inhaler)

Spacer

Aerospan is used with the spacer that is built in to the inhaler. Do not use with a separate spacer.

Dosage

  • Adults and children ≥ 12 years of age: inhale 2 puffs (80 mcg/puff) twice a day, not more than 8 puffs per day.
  • Children 6 to 11 years old: inhale 1 puff twice a day, not more than 4 puffs per day.

Proper Use

  • See instructions for proper use and how to set inhaler up for use.
  • To set up for use: Pull the purple actuator out from the gray spacer. Snap the Aerospan into an "L" shape. Make sure the guidelines on the purple actuator and the gray spacer line up.
  • Take this medication every day for best results.
  • Shake well before use.
  • Prepare for use by spraying it 2 times into the air away from your face before first use and if it has not been used for more than 2 weeks.
  • Snap actuator back into straight position after use. Push purple actuator back into gray spacer.
  • Rinse mouth after use to prevent mouth or throat infection.
  • For proper inhaler technique visit our inhaler page.

Precautions

  • Do NOT use this drug to treat an asthma attack.
  • If you have been taking this drug for many weeks, talk with your doctor before stopping. You may want to slowly stop this drug.
  • Avoid being near anyone with chickenpox or measles.
  • Talk with your doctor if you have glaucoma or cataracts, had a recent heart attack, high blood sugar (diabetes), liver disease, weak or brittle bones (osteoporosis), overactive thyroid, seizures, or are being treated for any type of infection.

Common Interactions

There are no common interactions with this medication, though less common ones exist.

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your medications and health problems so they can check for any interactions.

Possible Side Effects

  • Possible side effects include headache, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, increased risk of upper respiratory tract infections, nausea and upset stomach.
  • Tell your doctor or seek medical attention if you notice any signs of an allergic reaction (rash, hives, wheezing, tightness in the chest or throat, trouble breathing or swelling of the face), signs of infection, a very bad headache, or an abnormal heartbeat.

Proper Storage

  • Store at room temperature.
  • Protect from heat, light and water.
  • Do not store in a bathroom.
  • Keep inhaler away from open flame. Do not puncture canister. Do not store in extreme temperatures, such as in a parked car. Do not use the "float test" to test if canister is empty. Use the "check off chart" that comes with the inhaler to mark off each spray you use to keep track of doses remaining in the inhaler. Throw away the inhaler after 60 sprays or 120 sprays, depending on how many sprays are in your device.


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