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Table of Contents > Drugs >  Flunisolide
Flunisolide
Pronunciation
Brand Names
Foreign Brand Names
Therapeutic Categories
What key warnings should I know about before taking this medicine?
Reasons not to take this medicine
What is this medicine used for?
How does it work?
How is it best taken?
What do I do if I miss a dose?
What are the precautions when taking this medicine?
What are the common side effects of this medicine?
What should I monitor?
Reasons to call healthcare provider immediately
How should I store this medicine?
General statements

Pronunciation
(floo NIS oh lide)

Brand Names
AeroBid®-M Oral Aerosol Inhaler; AeroBid® Oral Aerosol Inhaler; Nasalide® Nasal Aerosol; Nasarel® Nasal Spray

Foreign Brand Names
Bronalide® (Canada); Rhinalar® (Canada); Rhinaris-F® (Canada); Syn-Flunisolide® (Canada)

Therapeutic Categories
Corticosteroid, Oral Inhaler; Corticosteroid, Nasal

What key warnings should I know about before taking this medicine?

  • When switching from an oral steroid to an inhaled one there can be problems. Symptoms such as weakness, feeling tired, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, inability to think clearly, or low blood sugar may occur. Call healthcare provider right away if any of these occur. If you have a serious accident and are injured, have surgery, or any type of infection you may need extra doses of oral steroids. These extra steroids will help your body deal with these stresses. Carry a warning card saying that you may need extra steroids at certain times.


Reasons not to take this medicine

  • If you have an allergy to flunisolide or any other part of the medicine.
  • If you have any of the following conditions: Asthma attack, any lung infection, infections of the inside of the nose.


What is this medicine used for?

  • Oral inhalation:
    • This medicine is used for the treatment of chronic asthma to prevent attacks. It is not helpful during an asthma attack. The benefit may be seen after 2 weeks of the medicine.
  • Nasal:
    • This medicine is used to treat the nasal symptoms in patients with allergies. It is not helpful during an allergy attack. The benefit may be seen after 1-2 weeks of regular use.


How does it work?

  • Oral inhalation:
    • Flunisolide prevents and reduces irritation in the airways of the lungs and may relax the muscles of the airways to prevent lung spasms.
  • Nasal:
    • Flunisolide prevents and reduces irritation and swelling in the nose.


How is it best taken?

  • Oral inhalation:
    • Check inhaler use with healthcare provider at each visit. Using the inhaler the right way is very important.
    • There are two types of inhalers: Aerosol and powder with delivery device. For aerosol, shake well first. If you cannot work the inhaler, ask healthcare provider for a device called a spacer to help. Children younger than 8 should use a spacer.
    • Do not suddenly stop using this medicine if you have been taking it at a high dose for a long time. Medicine should be slowly decreased.
  • Nasal:
    • For the nose only. Take at a similar time every day. Shake well first.
    • Blow your nose before using.
    • Check spray use with healthcare provider at each visit.
    • Do not suddenly stop using this medicine if have been taking it at a high dose for a long time. Medicine should be slowly decreased.


What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Take a missed dose as soon as possible.
  • If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed one. Return to your regular schedule.
  • Do not take a double dose or extra doses.


What are the precautions when taking this medicine?

  • Wear disease medical alert identification if you have asthma, lung disease, or are an allergy sufferer or if you are going to be on this medicine longer than 3-4 weeks.
  • Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, throat; or any other symptoms involved.
  • Tell healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
  • Tell healthcare provider if you are breast-feeding.


What are the common side effects of this medicine?

  • Oral inhaler:
    • Headache. Mild pain medicine may help.
    • Sore throat, stuffy, runny nose, hoarseness.
    • Mouth infection. To prevent, rinse with water after each use.
  • Nasal:
    • Headache. Mild pain medicine may help.
    • Nasal irritation, burning, and dryness.


What should I monitor?

  • If a child is using this medicine, monitor growth carefully.
  • Follow up with healthcare provider.


Reasons to call healthcare provider immediately

  • Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing; tightness in the chest; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Any signs or symptoms of infection. This may include a fever greater than 99 degrees, chills, sore throat, cough, increased sputum or change in color, painful urination, mouth sores, wound that will not heal, anal itching or pain.
  • Feeling weak, tired, irritable, trembling, having rapid heartbeats, confusion, sweating, dizziness, especially if you missed a dose or recently stopped this medicine.
  • No improvement in condition or feeling worse.


How should I store this medicine?

  • Oral inhalation:
    • Store at room temperature in a dry place.
    • Protect aerosol from freezing and direct sunlight.
  • Nasal:
    • Store spray at room temperature.


General statements

  • Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, herbal/supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, pharmacist, physician assistant).
  • Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter or natural products (herbs, vitamins).


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