What should I watch for?
Visit your doctor for regular check ups. Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not get better. If your symptoms get worse or if you need your short-acting inhalers more often, call your doctor right away. Do not use this medicine more than every 12 hours.
If you have asthma, be aware that using this medicine may increase your risk of dying from asthma-related problems. Talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of taking this medicine. NEVER use this medicine for an acute asthma attack.
Your diskus device has a dose counter and will tell you when only a few doses are left.
If you are going to have surgery tell your doctor or health care professional that you are using this medicine.
Common and Rare Side Effects
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:
Cough producing mucus
difficulty with breathing
irritation of the throat
shortness of breath
tightness in the chest
Abdominal or stomach pain
burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings
cough or hoarseness
flushed, dry skin
fruit-like breath odor
general feeling of discomfort or illness
loss of appetite
muscle aches and pains
pain or tenderness around the eyes and cheekbones
pounding in the ears
slow or fast heartbeat
sore mouth or tongue
trouble with sleeping
unexplained weight loss
unusual tiredness or weakness
white patches in the mouth or on the tongue
Get emergency help immediately if any of the following symptoms of overdose occur:
Symptoms of overdose
Arm, back, or jaw pain
dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up from a lying or sitting position suddenly
fast or irregular heartbeat
fast, slow, pounding, or irregular heartbeat or pulse
shakiness in the legs, arms, hands, or feet
trembling or shaking of the hands or feet
unable to sleep
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:
Acid or sour stomach
blistering, burning, crusting, dryness, or flaking of the skin
burning, dry, or itching eyes
difficulty with moving
discharge or excessive tearing
eye redness, irritation, or pain
headache, severe and throbbing
hives or welts
itching, scaling, severe redness, soreness, or swelling of the skin
mouth or tooth pain
muscle cramps and spasm
muscle stiffness or tightness
redness of the skin
redness, pain, or swelling of the eye, eyelid, or inner lining of the eyelid
skin rash, encrusted, scaly and oozing
stomach discomfort, upset, or pain
Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.