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Aerobid, Aerobid M
Aerobid Side Effects Center
Medical Editor: Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD
Aerobid and Aerobid M (flunisolide) is an anti-inflammatory steroid and is available in generic from. Aerobid is indicated in the maintenance treatment of asthma as prophylactic therapy and is also indicated for asthma patients who require systemic corticosteroid administration. Aerobid is not indicated for the relief of acute bronchospasm. Some side effects may include but are not limited to weakness, tired feeling, and nausea.
The Aerobid Inhaler System is for oral inhalation only. Adults the recommended starting dose is 2 inhalations twice daily, morning and evening, for a total dose of 1 mg. The maximum daily dose should not exceed 4 inhalations twice a day for a total daily dose of 2 mg. For children and adolescents 6-15 years of age, two inhalations may be administered twice daily for a total daily dose of 1 mg. Insufficient information is available to warrant use in children under age 6. Aerobid should be used during pregnancy only if the benefit justifies the risk to the fetus.
Our Aerobid and Aerobid M (flunisolide) Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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Aerobid in Detail - Patient Information: Side Effects
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
- weakness, tired feeling, nausea, loss of appetite, weight loss;
- fast or pounding heartbeats, pain or fluttering in your chest;
- wheezing or breathing problems after using this medication;
- skin rash, bruising, severe tingling, numbness, pain, muscle weakness;
- changes in the shape or location of body fat (especially in your arms, legs, face, neck, breasts, and waist);
- worsening asthma symptoms.
Less serious side effects may include:
- nausea, diarrhea, upset stomach;
- headache, dizziness;
- dryness in your mouth, nose, or throat;
- white patches or sores inside your mouth or on your lips;
- stuffy nose, sinus pain, sore throat, cough; or
- hoarseness or deepened voice.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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Aerobid Overview - Patient Information: Side Effects
Dry/sore throat, hoarseness, a bad taste in the mouth, headache, or voice changes may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Infrequently, this medication may cause severe sudden worsening of breathing problems/asthma immediately after use. If you have sudden worsening of breathing, use your quick-relief inhaler and seek immediate medical attention.
Because this drug works by weakening the immune system, it may lower your ability to fight infections. This may make you more likely to get a serious (rarely fatal) infection or make any infection you have worse. Tell your doctor immediately if you have any signs of infection (such as ear pain, sore throat, fever, chills). Use of this medication for prolonged or repeated periods may result in oral thrush (yeast infection). Contact your doctor if you notice white patches in your mouth or on your tongue.
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: unusual tiredness, vision problems, easy bruising/bleeding, puffy face, unusual hair growth, mental/mood changes (such as depression, mood swings, agitation), muscle weakness/pain, thinning skin, slow wound healing, increased thirst/urination.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
In the US -
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
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Aerobid FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
Adverse events reported in controlled clinical trials and long-term open studies in 514 patients treated with AEROBID (flunisolide) are described below. Of those patients, 463 were treated for 3 months or longer, 407 for 6 months or longer, 287 for 1 year or longer and 122 for 2 years or longer.
Musculoskeletal reactions were reported in 35% of steroid-dependent patients in whom the dose of oral steroid was being tapered. This is a well-known effect of steroid withdrawal.
Incidence 10% or greater:
Gastrointestinal: diarrhea (10%), nausea and/or vomiting (25%), upset
General: flu (10%)
Mouth and Throat: sore throat (20%)
Nervous System: headache (25%)
Respiratory: cold symptoms (15%), nasal congestion (15%), upper respiratory infection (25%)
Special Senses: unpleasant taste (10%)
Gastrointestinal: abdominal pain, heartburn
General: chest pain, decreased appetite, edema, fever
Mouth and Throat: Candida infection
Nervous System: dizziness, irritability, nervousness, shakiness
Reproductive: menstrual disturbances
Respiratory: chest congestion, cough* hoarseness, rhinitis, runny nose, sinus congestion sinus drainage, sinus infection, sinusitis, sneezing, sputum, wheezing*
Skin: eczema, itching (pruritus), rash
Special Senses: ear infection, loss of smell or taste
General: chills, increased appetite and weight gain, malaise, peripheral
edema, sweating, weakness
Cardiovascular: hypertension, tachycardia
Gastrointestinal: constipation, dyspepsia, gas
Hemic/Lymph: capillary fragility, enlarged lymph nodes
Mouth and Throat: dry throat, glossitis, mouth irritation, pharyngitis, phlegm, throat irritation
Nervous System: anxiety, depression, faintness, fatigue, hyperactivity, hypoactivity insomnia, moodiness, numbness, vertigo
Respiratory: bronchitis, chest tightness* dyspnea, epistaxis, head stuffiness, laryngitis, nasal irritation, pleurisy, pneumonia, sinus discomfort
Skin: acne, hives or urticaria
Special Senses: blurred vision, earache, eye discomfort, eye infection
Incidence less than 1%, judged by investigators as possibly or probably drug related:
abdominal fullness, shortness of breath.
*The incidences as shown of cough, wheezing, and chest tightness were judged by investigators to be possibly or probably drug related. In placebo-controlled trials, the overall incidences of these adverse events (regardless of investigators'judgement of drug relationship) were similar for drug and placebo-treated groups. They may be related to the vehicle or delivery system.
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