Flunisolide is used to help control symptoms of asthma and improve lung function. This medicine will not relieve an asthma attack that has already started.

Flunisolide belongs to the family of medicines known as corticosteroids (cortisone-like medicines). It works by preventing inflammation (swelling) in the lungs that causes an asthma attack.

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  • flunisolide
  • Severity: Major
    You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when taking flunisolide:

    More common:
    Body aches or pain
    congestion
    cough
    dryness or soreness of the throat
    fever
    headache
    hoarseness
    pain or tenderness around the eyes and cheekbones
    shortness of breath or troubled breathing
    sneezing
    stuffy or runny nose
    tender, swollen glands in the neck
    tightness of the chest or wheezing
    trouble with swallowing
    voice changes
    Less common:
    Bladder pain
    blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
    bloating or swelling of the face, arms, hands, lower legs, or feet
    bloody nose
    bloody or cloudy urine
    blurred vision
    chest pain
    chills
    cough producing mucus
    diarrhea
    difficult, burning, or painful urination
    dizziness
    fast, irregular, pounding, or racing heartbeat or pulse
    frequent urge to urinate
    general feeling of discomfort or illness
    hives
    itching
    joint or muscle pain
    lower back or side pain
    nervousness
    pounding in the ears
    puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
    rapid weight gain
    red, irritated eyes
    skin rash
    slow heartbeat
    sore mouth or tongue
    sores, ulcers, or white spots in the mouth or on the lips
    sweating
    swelling
    tingling of the hands or feet
    unusual tiredness or weakness
    unusual weight gain or loss
    Incidence not known:
    Creamy white, curd-like patches in the mouth or throat
    darkening of the skin
    discouragement
    fainting
    feeling sad or empty
    irritability
    loss of appetite
    loss of interest or pleasure
    loss of strength or energy
    muscle weakness
    nausea
    pain when eating or swallowing
    trouble concentrating
    trouble sleeping
    vomiting
    Severity: Minor
    Some of the side effects that can occur with flunisolide may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

    Less common:
    Abdominal or stomach fullness
    acid or sour stomach
    appetite changes
    bad, unusual, or unpleasant (after) taste
    belching
    blemishes on the skin
    burning, dry, or itching eyes
    change in taste
    constipation
    cramps
    difficulty with moving
    discharge or excessive tearing
    dizziness or lightheadedness
    ear pain
    fear
    feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings
    gas
    headache, severe and throbbing
    heartburn
    heavy bleeding
    indigestion
    irritability
    itching of the vagina or genital area
    loss of smell or taste
    muscle aching or cramping
    muscle stiffness
    pain during sexual intercourse
    pain in the neck
    pimples
    redness, pain, or swelling of the eye, eyelid, or inner lining of the eyelid
    restlessness
    sensation of spinning
    shakiness
    skin rash, encrusted, scaly, and oozing
    stomach discomfort, upset, or pain
    swollen joints
    thick, white vaginal discharge with no odor or with a mild odor
    trouble sitting still
    trouble sleeping
    upset stomach
  • (inhalation aerosol, inhalation aerosol with adapter, compounding powder)