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What is Advair Diskus for?
Advair contains a combination of fluticasone and salmeterol. Fluticasone is a steroid that prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation. Salmeterol is a bronchodilator. It works by relaxing the muscles in the airways to improve breathing.
Advair is used to prevent asthma attacks. It is also used to prevent flare-ups or worsening of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) associated with chronic bronchitis and / or emphysema.
In people with COPD, Advair is indicated for long-term treatment. In people with asthma, this medicine is intended for short-term treatment until symptoms are well controlled with other medicines.
Advair is intended for adults and children who are at least 4 years old. Advair HFA is intended for adults and children who are at least 12 years old.
How should i use Advair?
Use Advair exactly as it was prescribed for you. Follow all directions on the prescription label. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts, or for longer than recommended. Using too much of this medication can cause life-threatening side effects.
Advair is not a lifesaving drug. It won't work fast enough to treat an asthma attack. Use only a fast-acting inhaler for an asthma attack.
Seek medical attention if you think your medications are not working.
Advair Diskus is a powder form of fluticasone and salmeterol that comes with a special inhalation device pre-loaded with blister packs containing measured doses of the drug. The device opens and loads a blister each time the inhaler is used. This device must not be used with a separator.
Advair HFA is an aerosolized form of fluticasone and salmeterol that enters the canister to be used with the drive for the inhaler. Use only an inhaler equipped with Advair HFA.
Shake Advair HFA inhaler for at least 5 seconds before each spray.
To reduce the chance of developing a yeast infection in your mouth, rinse with water after using your inhaler. Do not swallow.
Keep track of the number of sprays you have used and throw away the Advair HFA container after 120 sprays, even if it feels like there is still medicine in it.
Your doctor will need to check your lung function regularly. Once your asthma is under control, your doctor may want you to stop using this medication. Keep all follow-up appointments and do not stop using the medication unless your doctor tells you to.
Your dosage needs may change if you have surgery, are sick, under stress, or have recently had an asthma attack. Do not change your drug dosage or schedule without your doctor's advice.
If you are also using an oral steroid medication, you should not suddenly stop using it. Follow your doctor's instructions for tapering the dose.
While using Advair, your vision and bone mineral density may be checked frequently.
Seek medical attention if your breathing problems do not improve or if your symptoms worsen quickly. If you are using a peak flow meter at home, call your doctor if your numbers are below normal.
Store the medicine at room temperature away from moisture, light, and heat (especially high temperatures, such as an open flame or a car on a hot day).
Throw the nebulizer device away one month after you took it out of the case, or if the dose indicator shows zero (even if it feels like there is still medicine inside).
Once your asthma is under control, your doctor may want you to stop using this medication. Keep all follow-up appointments and do not stop using the medication unless your doctor tells you to.
You should not use Advair if you are allergic to fluticasone, salmeterol or milk proteins.
Advair is not a lifesaving drug. It won't work fast enough to treat asthma or bronchospasm.
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Salmeterol may increase the risk of death in people with asthma, but the risk in people with COPD is unknown. Use only the prescribed dose of Advair and do not use it for longer than your doctor recommends. Follow all patient instructions for safe use. Talk to your doctor about your individual risks and benefits of using Advair.
Before taking this medicine, you should not use Advair if you are allergic to fluticasone or salmeterol (Serevent), or:
- if you are severely allergic to milk proteins;
- or if you have an asthma attack or severe symptoms of COPD.
To make sure this medicine is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
- food or drug allergies;
- Heart disease or high blood pressure;
- Epilepsy or other seizure disorder;
- Any type of infection;
- A weak immune system;
- A thyroid disorder; or liver disease.
Long-term steroid use can lead to bone loss (osteoporosis), especially if you smoke, if you don't exercise, if you don't get enough vitamin D or calcium in your diet, or if you have a family history of osteoporosis.
It is not known whether Advair will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using Advair.
It is not known if this medicine passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding.
Fluticasone may affect growth in children. Talk to your doctor if you think your child is not growing at a normal rate while using this medication.
Advair is not approved for use by anyone younger than 4 years old.
What other medicines will affect Advair?
Many medicines can interact with this medicine. Not all possible interactions are listed here. Tell your doctor about all of your current medicines and what you start or stop using, especially: an antidepressant, heart or blood pressure medicine, diuretic, or “water pill”;
Antifungal medicine such as ketoconazole; or
ritonavir (Norvir) or lopinavir / ritonavir (Kaletra).
This list is not complete and many other drugs can interact with fluticasone and salmeterol. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Give a list of all your medicines to any health care provider who treats you.
Advair side effects (Anti-covid)
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction to Advair: hives; labored breathing; Swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
wheezing, choking, or other breathing problems after using this medicine;
Chest pain, fast or uneven heartbeat, restless feeling, tremors;
Severe headache, knocking on the neck or ears, nosebleeds;
Fever, chills, swollen glands, neck sores, skin sores, flu symptoms, cough with yellow or green mucus;
Blurred vision, tunnel vision, eye pain, or seeing halos around lights;
High blood sugar - increased thirst, increased urination, hunger, dry mouth, fruity breath odor, drowsiness, dry skin;
Low potassium - confusion, irregular heartbeat, intense thirst, increased urination, leg discomfort, muscle weakness, or a feeling of limp; or
Signs of a hormonal disorder - worsening tiredness or muscle weakness, mild hunger, anxiety, irritability, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, diarrhea, weight loss, weight gain, slow wound healing.
Common side effects of Advair may include:
headache, muscle pain, bone pain, back pain;
Throat irritation, white patches in the mouth or throat;
Cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat; or
persistent cough, hoarseness, or deep voice.