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There is no cure for asthma, but it can be controlled with the right treatment plan. Your treatment plan will include avoiding asthma triggers and taking certain medicines.
For proper use, talk to your health care provider or pharmacist or read the prescribing information for your medicines. The most common side effects are listed. For a full list of side effects of a medicine, visit the links under Prescribing Information.

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Note: “Flu” is listed as a side effect for some medicines. But these medicines do NOT cause the flu. The flu is a contagious respiratory infection caused by a virus. “Flu” may be listed as a side effect because it was reported as one during a drug’s clinical trials, and the FDA requires that it be listed as it was reported. But it may mean “flu-like symptoms” or “respiratory infections.” It is very important that you take your prescribed medicines as directed and get a flu shot every year. If you have any questions about side effects, talk to your health care provider.

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Dupilumab – DUPIXENT

Dupilumab – DUPIXENT

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Drug Name: Dupilumab

Brand Name: DUPIXENT®

Medicine Use: Add-on therapy/long-term control

Type of Medicine: Biologic

Form: Injection

Prescribing Info: DUPIXENT (dupilumab) injection prescribing information insertDownload PDF

Notes:

DUPIXENT is a maintenance treatment for moderate-to-severe asthma caused by type 2 inflammation (which includes eosinophilic asthma and/or allergic asthma). DUPIXENT is also approved to treat moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis (eczema), chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyposis, eosinophilic esophagitis, and prurigo nodularis.

Learn more about dupilumab in pregnancy and while breastfeeding.

Possible Side Effects:
Joint pain
Injection site reactions (pain, redness, swelling, itching, or a burning feeling at the injection site)
Upper respiratory tract infections
Eye and eyelid inflammation
Dry eye
Herpes virus infections
Common cold symptoms
Cold sores in your mouth or on your lips
Throat pain
High count of a certain white blood cell (eosinophilia)
Dizziness
Muscle pain
Diarrhea
Gastritis
Toothache
Trouble sleeping (insomnia)
Parasitic infections

Dupixent Injection Syringes

Fluticasone Furoate – ARNUITY ELLIPTA

Fluticasone Furoate – ARNUITY ELLIPTA

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Drug Name: Fluticasone Furoate

Brand Name: ARNUITY® ELLIPTA®

Medicine Use: Long-term control

Type of Medicine: Inhaled corticosteroid

Form: Dry powder inhaler

Prescribing Info: https://www.arnuity.com/

Possible Side Effects:
Runny nose and sore throat
Headache
Breathing problems (bronchitis)
Flu

Notes/Resources:
About ARNUITY

Arnuity Inhaler

Fluticasone Furoate/Umeclidinium/Vilanterol – TRELEGY ELLIPTA

Fluticasone Furoate/Umeclidinium/Vilanterol – TRELEGY ELLIPTA

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Drug Name: Fluticasone Furoate/Umeclidinium/Vilanterol

Brand Name: TRELEGY ELLIPTA®

Medicine Use: Long-term control

Type of Medicine: Combination inhaled medicine

Form: Dry powder inhaler

Prescribing Info: https://www.trelegy.com/

Possible Side Effects:
Upper respiratory infection
Bronchitis
Thrush
Headache
Back pain
Flu
Sinus inflammation
Runny nose/sore throat
Urinary tract infection

You may experience other side effects if you have COPD. For more information, please see the TRELEGY ELLIPTA Prescribing Information

Notes/Resources:
How To Use TRELEGY ELLIPTA


Fluticasone Furoate/Vilanterol – BREO ELLIPTA

Fluticasone Furoate/Vilanterol – BREO ELLIPTA

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Drug Name: Fluticasone Furoate/Vilanterol

Brand Name: BREO ELLIPTA®

Medicine Use: Long-term control

Type of Medicine: Combination inhaled medicine

Form: Dry powder inhaler

Prescribing Info: https://www.mybreo.com/

Possible Side Effects:
Runny nose and sore throat
Thrush
Headache
Flu
Respiratory tract infection
Bronchitis
Sinus inflammation
Mouth and throat pain
Hoarseness and voice changes
Cough

You may experience other side effects if you have COPD. For more information, please see the Breo Ellipta prescribing information.

Notes/Resources: 
About BREO

Breo Ellipta

Fluticasone Propionate – Flovent HFA

Fluticasone Propionate – Flovent HFA

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GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) discontinued production of Flovent HFA (fluticasone propionate) and Flovent Diskus. The last date the product will be available for ordering is Dec. 31, 2023. GSK believes a supply of these products will be gone by early 2024. Authorized generic versions of these inhalers will still be available. Read the announcement.

Drug Name: Fluticasone Propionate

Brand Name: Flovent® HFA

Medicine Use: Long-term control

Type of Medicine: Inhaled corticosteroid

Form: Metered dose inhaler

Prescribing Info: https://www.flovent.com/

Possible Side Effects:
Upper respiratory infection
Throat/sinus irritation
Headache
Diarrhea
Difficulty speaking
Cough and/or persistent cough

Flovent HFA

Fluticasone Propionate – ArmonAir Digihaler

Fluticasone Propionate – ArmonAir Digihaler

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Teva Pharmaceutical Industries will discontinue production of all Digihaler® products as of June 1st, 2024. Authorized generic versions of these inhalers may still be available for some products. For more information on alternatives, read the announcement.

Drug Name: Fluticasone Propionate

Brand Name: ArmonAir® Digihaler®

Medicine Use: Long-term control

Type of Medicine: Inhaled corticosteroid

Form: Dry powdered inhaler

Prescribing Info: digihaler.com

Possible Side Effects:
Infection or inflammation of nose and throat
Upper respiratory infection
Thrush
Headache
Cough

ArmonAir Digihaler

Fluticasone Propionate – ArmonAir RespiClick

Fluticasone Propionate – ArmonAir RespiClick

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This medicine has been discontinued and replaced with the ArmonAir® Digihaler® (fluticasone propionate) inhalation powder inhaler.  The ArmonAir Digihailer contains a built-in electronic module that records and stores information about inhaler events. ArmonAir Digihaler may be used with, and transmits information to a mobile App. Use of the App is not required for administration of ArmonAir Digihaler.

Drug Name: Fluticasone Propionate

Brand Name: ArmonAir® RespiClick®

Medicine Use: Long-term control

Type of Medicine: Inhaled corticosteroid

Form: Breath actuated inhaler

Prescribing Info: Discontinued and replaced with ArmonAir® Digihaler®

Possible Side Effects:
Infection or inflammation of nose and throat
Upper respiratory infection
Thrush
Headache
Cough

Armonair Respiclick

Fluticasone Propionate – Flovent Diskus

Fluticasone Propionate – Flovent Diskus

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GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) discontinued production of Flovent HFA (fluticasone propionate) and Flovent Diskus. The last date the product will be available for ordering is Dec. 31, 2023. GSK believes a supply of these products will be gone by early 2024. Authorized generic versions of these inhalers will still be available. Read the announcement.

Drug Name: Fluticasone Propionate

Brand Name: Flovent® Diskus®

Medicine Use: Long-term control

Type of Medicine: Inhaled corticosteroid

Form: Dry powder inhaler

Prescribing Info: https://www.flovent.com/

Possible Side Effects:
Upper respiratory tract infection
Throat, nose and/or sinus irritation
Nausea and vomiting
Cough and/or persistent cough
Fever
Headache
Upset stomach

Flovent Diskus

Fluticasone Propionate – Generic of Flovent Diskus

Fluticasone Propionate – Generic of Flovent Diskus

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Drug Name: Fluticasone Propionate

Brand Name: Generic of Flovent® Diskus

Medicine Use: Long-term control

Type of Medicine: Inhaled corticosteroid

Form: Dry powder inhaler

Prescribing Info: https://www.prasco.com/

Possible Side Effects:
Upper respiratory infection
Throat irritation
Fever
Headache
Nose irritation
Upset stomach
Nausea and vomiting
Sinus irritation
Cough
Persistent cough

Xopenex Inhaler

Fluticasone Propionate – Generic of Flovent HFA

Fluticasone Propionate – Generic of Flovent HFA

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Drug Name: Fluticasone Propionate

Brand Name: Generic of Flovent® HFA Inhalation Aerosol

Medicine Use: Long-term control

Type of Medicine: Inhaled corticosteroid

Form: Metered dose inhaler

Prescribing Info: https://www.prasco.com/

Possible Side Effects:
Upper respiratory infection
Throat irritation
Headache
Diarrhea
Difficulty speaking
Sinus irritation
Cough
Persistent cough

Xopenex Inhaler

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