When should I call my doctor if my child is taking Dulera?

If your child is taking the asthma drug Dulera (mometasone and formoterol), you should call his doctor for the following reasons:
  • Your child's symptoms haven't improved or have gotten worse after two weeks.
  • Your child needs to use a rescue inhaler more often than usual, using up one whole canister within eight weeks.
  • Your child's peak flow meter results decrease.
  • Your child wants to stop taking Dulera. Do not stop giving your child Dulera without talking to your child's doctor first.
  • Your child is exposed to chicken pox or measles.
  • Another doctor has diagnosed your child with a health problem.
  • Your child needs to take a new medication. Do not give your child any new medicine (prescription or nonprescription) or dietary or herbal supplement without talking to your child's doctor first.
  • You're concerned about your child's growth. Dulera may slow normal growth in children.
You should also call your child's doctor if your child develops side effects, including the following:
  • swelling or irritation of the nose, throat or sinuses
  • headaches
  • signs of oral thrush (white patches in his mouth or on his tongue, cracking at the corners of his mouth, redness or soreness in his mouth or trouble swallowing)
  • signs of infection, including fever, fatigue, pain, nausea, vomiting, body aches or chills
  • symptoms of adrenal insufficiency, including chronic worsening fatigue, muscle weakness, loss of appetite, weight loss, salty food cravings, irregular or absent menstrual periods (in girls), sweating, irritability or depression, dizziness or fainting, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
  • signs of allergic reaction, including rash, hives, trouble breathing or swelling of the face, mouth or tongue
  • chest pain, fast or irregular heartbeat, increased or decreased blood pressure, tremor, nervousness, seizures, weakness or headache
Let your doctor know right away if your child's asthma symptoms get worse -- especially if he starts wheezing right after taking a dose of Dulera. Call 911 if your child's breathing problems worsen quickly and/or a rescue inhaler doesn't relieve them.

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