WHAT IS ASTHMA?

Asthma is a chronic (long-term) lung disease that causes inflammation (swelling) of the airways.1,2

If you have asthma, your airways are always inflamed—and become even more swollen when something triggers your symptoms.3 Less air is able to pass through your airways as a result, making it difficult for you to breathe normally.2

Symptom checker

MAKING A DIAGNOSIS

Are you experiencing symptoms—but are not sure if you have asthma?

Symptoms include4:

  • Wheezing
  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest tightness or pain

Putting Asthma to the Test

Peak flow meters

In one fast blast, this portable, hand-held device can measure your ability to push air out of the lungs. Because children have much smaller airways than adults, these meters come in 2 different ranges (low for small children and standard for older children, teenagers, and adults).5

Spirometer

Used for tests—performed in your doctor's office—that evaluate how the lungs are working, by measuring how fast you can blow air out as well as how much air you can breathe in and out.6

FEno (fractional exhaled nitric oxide) measurement

A simple, safe method of measuring airway inflammation—performed in your doctor's office—to help assess airway inflammation and your compliance with your asthma therapy.7

When asthma symptoms arise, don't wait! See your doctor right away.

Is it Asthma? Understanding a child's symptoms

Asthma is often misdiagnosed in children. In those younger than 6 years of age, it's often mistakenly diagnosed as bronchitis, the croup, a cold, or reactive airway disease.8-11

When children have their first symptoms upon entering school or later, a diagnosis of asthma is often made after a first or second attack (also called an exacerbation).8

References: 1. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institute of Health. What is asthma? http://wwwnhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/topics/asthma. Updated August 4, 2014. Accessed April 27, 2016. 2. US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. MedlinePlus®. Asthma - children. https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000990.htm. Updated April 5, 2016. Accessed April 27, 2016. 3. American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology. Asthma. http://www.aaai.org/conditions-and-treatments/asthma.aspx. Accessed April 27, 2016 4. Asthma control testTM. http://www.asthma.com/additional-resources/asthma-control-test.html. Accessed April 27, 2016. 5. American Lung Association. Measuring your peak flow rate. http://www.lung.org/assets/documents/asthma/peak-flow-meter.pdf. Accessed April 27, 2016. 6. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health. How is asthma diagnosed? http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/asthma/diagnosis. Updated August 4, 2014. Accessed April 27, 2016. 7. Dweik RA, Boggs PB, Erzurum SC, et al; American Thoracic Society Committee on Interpretation of Exhaled Nitric Oxide Levels(FENO) for Clinical Applications. An official ATS clinical practice guideline: interpretation of exhaled nitric oxide levels(FENO) for clinical applications. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2011;184(5):602-615. 8. Data on file. Meda Pharmaceuticals Inc. 9. American Family Physician. Acute bronchitis: what you need to know. 1998;57(6):1281-1282. http://www.aafp.org/afp/1998/0315/p1281.html. Accessed April 27, 2016. 10. Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Asthma in infants. http://www.aafa.org/display/page/asthma-in-infants.aspx. Medical review September 2015. Accessed April 27, 2016. 11. Mayo Clinic. Reactive airway disease: is it asthma? http://www.mayoclinic.org/disease-conditions/asthma/expert-answers/reactive-airway-disease/faq-20058010. Published February 5, 2013. Updated February 12, 2016. Accessed April 27, 2016.

More Important Safety Information

  • Do not use AEROSPAN:
    • to treat the symptoms of a sudden asthma attack or status asthmaticus.
    • if you are allergic to flunisolide or any of the ingredients in AEROSPAN.
  • Use AEROSPAN exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to use it. Do not take more of your medicine, or take it more often than your healthcare provider tells you.
  • You must use AEROSPAN regularly. Do not stop using AEROSPAN, and do not change the amount of AEROSPAN you take without talking to your doctor.
  • AEROSPAN may cause serious side effects, including:
    • fungal infections (thrush) in your mouth or throat. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any redness or white colored patches in your mouth or throat. Rinse your mouth with water after you use AEROSPAN.
    • immune system problems that may increase your risk of infections. You are more likely to get infections if you take medicines that may weaken your immune system. Avoid contact with people who have contagious diseases such as chicken pox or measles while you use AEROSPAN. Symptoms of an infection may include: fever, pain, aches, chills, feeling tired, nausea, and vomiting.
    • Tell your healthcare provider about any signs of infection while you are using AEROSPAN.
    • decreased adrenal function (adrenal insufficiency). Adrenal insufficiency is a condition in which the adrenal glands do not make enough steroid hormones. Symptoms of adrenal insufficiency include: tiredness, weakness, dizziness, nausea, and vomiting.
    • decreased bone mass (bone material density). People who use inhaled steroid medicines for a long time may have an increased risk of decreased bone mass which can affect bone strength. Talk to your healthcare provider about any concerns you may have about bone health.
    • slowed or delayed growth in children. A child's growth should be checked regularly while taking AEROSPAN.
    • eye problems such as glaucoma and cataracts. If you have a history of glaucoma or cataracts or have a family history of eye problems, you should have regular eye exams while you use AEROSPAN.
    • increased wheezing (bronchospasm) can happen right away after using AEROSPAN. Stop using AEROSPAN and use an inhaled fast-acting bronchodilator (rescue inhaler) right away.
  • Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
  • The most common side effects with AEROSPAN include: sore throat (pharyngitis), runny nose (rhinitis), headache, nausea, sinusitis, and increased cough.
  • Tell your healthcare provider about any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.
  • These are not all of the possible side effects of AEROSPAN. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist.

Approved Uses

Prescription AEROSPAN is used for the long-term (maintenance) treatment of asthma to control and prevent asthma symptoms in adults and children 6 years of age and older.

AEROSPAN is not a bronchodilator and does not treat sudden symptoms of an asthma attack, such as wheezing, cough, shortness of breath, and chest pain tightness. Always use a fast-acting bronchodilator medicine (rescue inhaler), such as albuterol, to treat symptoms.

Call your healthcare provider for medical advice about side effects. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.FDA.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

For additional information, please see Full Prescribing Information for Aerospan.