Fluticasone Propionate - What You Need To Know

An Inahled Steroid For Your Asthma

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What Is Fluticasone Propionate?

Fluticasone propionate is an inhaled corticosteroid used as a controller medication in the treatment of asthma. The brand name for this medication is Flovent.

It is generally prescribed once you need more than a rescue inhaler.

Fluticasone propionate can be prescribed alone or in combination with a LABA or long-acting beta agonist in order to prevent asthma symptoms such as:

How Does Fluticasone Propionate Work?

Fluticasone propionate decreases asthma symptoms by decreasing inflammation in your airways. This medication decreases hyperresponsiveness you may experience the following exposure to allergens and environmental triggers.

In the pathophysiology of asthma, fluticasone propionate targets several different types of cells that may ultimately lead to asthma symptoms including:

Treatment leads to decreased inflammation, mucus production, and hyperresponsiveness and ultimately less wheezing, chest tightness, cough and shortness of breath. Unlike rescue inhalers, fluticasone propionate needs to be taken daily as part of an asthma action plan.

How Is Fluticasone Propionate Prescribed?

Fluticasone propionate is prescribed as a metered dose inhaler or a dry powdered inhaler.

You will use the inhaler 1 or 2 times per day, every day. It is a controller medication meaning that you must use it every day to help achieve good asthma control. When your symptoms are well controlled you may be able to step down therapy by decreasing the:

  • Total daily dose
  • Number of times per day you need the medication

    Fluticasone propionate is the active component in a number of different medications including:

    • Advair- A combination product for asthma that includes a long-acting beta agonist
    • Flovent- commercial name for fluticasone propionate by itself
    • Cutivate- Fluticasone propionate in the form of a cream for the treatment of skin disorders
    • Veramyst– nasal form of fluticasone propionate for the treatment of hay fever or allergic rhinitis

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    1. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Expert Panel Report 3 (EPR3): Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma Accessed on May 23, 2015.
    2. Glaxo Smith Kline. Flovent Prescribing Information. Accessed on June 24, 2015.

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