Advair: Patient Information
This medicine in available in 3 different strengths and 2 different forms:
All these strengths available either in diskus or inhaler forms.
What is Advair?
ADVAIR contains 2 medicines, fluticasone propionate (a synthetic corticosteroid) and salmeterol xinafoate (a long-acting bronchodilator), which work in different ways in the lungs to improve lung function and symptoms in patients with asthma. Fluticasone propionate is used to reduce the airway inflammation and salmeterol, a long-acting bronchodilator, helps prevent and relieve bronchospasm, making it easier to breathe.
Why is it prescribed?
Advair is used for maintenance treatment of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
What are the side effects of Advair?
Some common side effects that have been reported by patients taking Advair include:
- Ear, nose, throat infection or irritation
- Lower respiratory tract infections
- Headache and dizziness
- Upset stomach
- Muscle pain or cramps
- Heart beating faster than normal
- Shakiness or nervousness
What I need to know before taken Advair?
- Do not use Advair to relieve sudden symptoms of shortness of breath (e.g., sudden severe onset or worsening of wheezing, cough, chest tightness).
- An inhaled, short-acting bronchodilator such as Ventolin should be used to relieve sudden symptoms of shortness of breath and not Advair.
- Do not stop taking Advair without first talking with your doctor. Stopping medicines like Advair can result in rapid worsening of your symptoms.
- Do not use Advair more frequently than 2 times daily, morning and evening, approximately 12 hours apart, at the recommended dose of 1 inhalation each time.
- Advair Diskus delivers your dose of medicine as a very fine powder that most, but not all, patients can taste or feel.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What should I avoid while using this medication?
Do not use a second form of salmeterol (such as Serevent) or use a similar inhaled bronchodilator such as formoterol unless your doctor has told you to. Fluticasone and salmeterol can lower the blood cells that help your body fight infections. Avoid being near people who are sick or have infections.
Can I use Advair during pregnancy?
There are no controlled data in human pregnancy. Advair is only recommended for use during pregnancy when benefit outweighs risk.
Can I use Advair while breast-feeding?
There are no data on the excretion of fluticasone or salmeterol into human milk. The manufacturer recommends that due to the potential for serious adverse reactions in nursing infants, a decision should be made to discontinue nursing or discontinue the drug, taking into account the importance of the drug the mother.
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