A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
Known as Flixotide in the UK
Flovent HFA is a maintenance inhaler for the treatment of asthma symptoms.
Some patients with asthma need more than short-term inhalers to control their symptoms. Flovent HFA is taken regularly to reduce the length and severity of asthma symptoms.
There are three sizes of Flovent HFA inhalers available, including 44 mcg, 110 mcg, and 220 mcg.
The usual dose of Flovent HFA is 88-440 mcg by mouth daily, divided into two doses.
If you have to use more than your prescribed dose of Flovent, tell your prescriber.
Rinse your mouth with water and spit it into the sink after each use.
The active ingredient in Flovent HFA is fluticasone.
Drug interactions are uncommon with Flovent because the drug is not absorbed into the body.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you use any of the following medications before starting Flovent inhaler:
Long-term usage of Flovent HFA may decrease bone mineral density over time.
Some of the most common Flovent side effects may include:
Flovent HFA [package insert]. Research Park Triangle, NJ: GlaxoSmithKline; 2010.