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Flunisolide, the active component of AEROBID Inhaler System, is an anti-inflammatory steroid having the chemical name 6alpha-fluoro-l1beta, 16alpha, 17, 21-tetrahydroxy-pregna- 1, 4-diene-3, 20-dione cyclic-16, 17-acetal with acetone.

Flunisolide is a white to creamy white crystalline powder with a molecular weight of 434.49. It is soluble in acetone, sparingly soluble in chloroform, slightly soluable in methanol, and practically insoluble in water. It has a melting point of about 245°C.

AEROBID Inhaler is delivered in a metered-dose aerosol system containing a microcrystalline suspension of flunisolide as the hemihydrate in propellants (trichloro-monofluoromethane, dichlorodifluoromethane and dlchlorotetraf uoroethane) with sorbitan trioleate as a dispersing agent. AEROBID-M also contains menthol as a flavoring agent. Each activation delivers approximately 256 mcg of flunisolide to the patient. One AEROBID Inhaler System is designed to deliver at least 100 metered Inhalations.

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