A twelve month study (Gaining Optimal Asthma ControL, GOAL), in 3416 adult and adolescent patients with persistent asthma, compared the safety and efficacy of Seretide versus inhaled corticosteroid (Fluticasone Propionate) alone to determine whether the goals of asthma management were achievable. Treatment was stepped up every 12 weeks until ** total control was achieved or the highest dose of study drug was reached. GOAL showed more patients treated with Seretide achieved asthma control than patients treated with ICS alone and this control was attained at a lower corticosteroid dose.
The most common side effects associated with fluticasone are headache , throat infection, nasal irritation, sneezing , cough , nausea , vomiting . Hypersensitivity reactions such as skin rash , itching , facial swelling, and anaphylaxis may occur. Some children may experience growth suppression when using fluticasone. A bloody nasal discharge ( nosebleed ) and septum perforation may occur. Fungal infection of the nose and throat, glaucoma , and cataracts are also associated with intranasal fluticasone.
Other Corticosteroid-Responsive Dermatoses: Apply a thin film of Fluticasone Propionate Cream to the affected skin areas twice daily. Rub in gently.
As with other corticosteroids, therapy should be discontinued when control is achieved. If no improvement is seen within 2 weeks, reassessment of diagnosis may be necessary.
Fluticasone Propionate Cream should not be used with occlusive dressings. Fluticasone Propionate Cream should not be applied in the diaper area, as diapers or plastic pants may constitute occlusive dressings.