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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between Flovent and Flonase?

Short Answer

Flonase is used as a nasal spray. Flovent is used as a micronized powder with an inhaler.

Long Answer

Flovent, Flonase, Flixotide, Flixonase, Flovent Diskus, Flovent Rotadisk and Veramyst are marketing trade names for the active ingredient of Fluticasone (flue-TICK-uh-zone). Fluticasone is often prescribed as treatment for asthma and allergic rhinitis. When Fluticasone and Salmeterol are combined it is marketed as Advair or Seretide.

Flonase is a nasal spray that is sprayed into each nostril as directed, usually one or two sprays into each nostril daily. Flonase and other Fluticasone nasal sprays are available in metered doses of 50 mcg per spray.

Flovent is inhaled into the lungs through the mouth via an inhaler device. It comes in a number of strengths of which most common are 50 mcg, 125 mcg and 250 mcg. Flovent and the other brands of Fluticasone are also available as rotocaps which contain a micronized powder that is inhaled through the mouth.

Additional Information

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nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/medmaster/a601056.html
Fluticasone oral inhalation is used to prevent difficulty breathing, chest tightness, wheezing and coughing caused by asthma. Fluticasone is in a class of medications called corticosteroids. It works by decreasing swelling and irritation in the airways to allow for easier breathing. Fluticasone comes as an aerosol to inhale by mouth. Fluticasone is usually inhaled twice a day. Try to use fluticasone at around the same times every day. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Use fluticasone exactly as directed. Do not use more or less of it or use it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/medmaster/a695002.html
Fluticasone nasal spray is used to treat the symptoms of seasonal (occurs only at certain times of year), and perennial (occurs all year round) allergic rhinitis and perennial nonallergic rhinitis. These symptoms include sneezing and stuffy, runny, or itchy nose. Fluticasone is in a class of medications called corticosteroids. It works by preventing and decreasing inflammation (swelling that can cause other symptoms) in the nose. Fluticasone comes as a liquid to spray in the nose. It is usually sprayed in each nostril once daily or twice daily in the morning and evening. It is sometimes used only as needed to treat symptoms. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Use fluticasone exactly as directed. Do not use more or less of it or use it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
medicinenet.com/fluticasone-nasal_spray/article.htm
This medication is a corticosteroid that works directly on the nasal passages to reduce swelling and inflammation. Fluticasone is used to relieve seasonal and year-round, allergic and non-allergic nasal symptoms such as itching, runny or stuffy nose, postnasal drip and sneezing in adults and children 4 years of age and older.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fluticasone
GlaxoSmithKline's patent on Flonase expired in May 2004. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the sale of a generic version of Flonase on February 22, 2006. On February 23, 2006, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) was able to obtain a temporary 10-day restraining order from a federal judge in Baltimore blocking the shipment and sales of the approved generic versions of Flonase. The restraining order lasted until March 6, 2006. The basis of the complaint by GSK was that the FDA failed to follow its own regulations in approving the generics and failed to apply the same quality standards for the generic version as it did for Flonase. GSK made these arguments in petitions filed with the FDA, but the FDA rejected those petitions. The Maryland District Court denied the request by GSK to extend the ban on Flonase generics beyond March 6, 2006, and GSK released a statement that they would not appeal the ruling. The ruling meant that sales of generic versions of Flonase could proceed.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seretide
The combination preparation fluticasone/salmeterol is a formulation containing fluticasone propionate and salmeterol xinafoate used in the management of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It is marketed by GlaxoSmithKline under various trade names including Advair (USA), Seretide (EU), Viani (Germany), Adoair (Japan), and ForAir (India). Fluticasone, a corticosteroid, is the anti-inflammatory component of the combination, while salmeterol treats constriction of the airways. Together, they relieve the symptoms of coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath better than either fluticasone or salmeterol taken on its own.
rxlist.com/cgi/generic/flutic.htm
FLONASE Nasal Spray, 50 mcg is an aqueous suspension of microfine fluticasone propionate for topical administration to the nasal mucosa by means of a metering, atomizing spray pump. FLONASE Nasal Spray also contains microcrystalline cellulose and carboxymethylcellulose sodium, dextrose, 0.02% w/w benzalkonium chloride, polysorbate 80, and 0.25% w/w phenylethyl alcohol, and has a pH between 5 and 7.
healthsquare.com/newrx/flu1182.htm
The Flovent, Flovent Rotadisk, and Flovent Diskus oral inhalers are used to prevent flare-ups of asthma. (They will not, however, relieve an acute attack.) They sometimes serve as a replacement for the steroid tablets that many people take to control asthma.
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