Advair Diskus (Fluticasone / Salmeterol)
Salmeterol is a bronchodilator. It works by relaxing muscles in the airways to improve breathing.
Advair Diskus (Fluticasone and Salmeterol) inhalation 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.
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Prescribing Information for Advair Diskus (Fluticasone / Salmeterol):
Advair Diskus or fluticasone propionate is a drug used in conditions of asthma, which contains corticosteroid fluticasone and salmeterol that acts as bronchodilator. Advair diskus relaxes muscles and improves breathing.
The medication is also used for bronchitis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease treatment, its primary purpose is prevention of asthma attacks (breath worsening and wheezing). The drug should be used regularly to get the desired effect. It shouldn’t be used to relieve sudden attacks, it\'s strongly contraindicated to use advair diskus after the beginning of attack instead of relief inhaler.
How to use?
Follow all the prescriptions and pieces of advice of your attending physician, red the guide provided with the advair diskus.
Advair is always used two times a day, with an interval of 8 hours and more. The drug is tasteless and you may not feel it while inhaling, that is normal. It’s not recommended to wash any parts of the inhaler and take it apart. Combining advair with other inhalers wait at least 2-3 minutes before the next puff.
Use advair diskus in the same intervals of time. If you use albuterol or salbutamol as relief medication more than 4 times daily, it’s recommended to change the schedule and take it only in case of new asthma attacks. Contact your physician for more details.
Patients start feeling benefits from the drug in 1 week, contact your prescriber if you do not notice any improvements of asthma condition.
It’s strongly recommended to use the prescribed dose of Advair, follow all the instructions of the prescriber, take into account all the individual risks that arise from your medical history because salmeterol, one of the main active components, may cause asthma-related death.
Increased necessity of advair may be the first sign of possible asthma-attack. Don’t increase the dose yourself, if you are going to stop using the drug or decrease the minimal daily dose talk to your attending physician.
Before using the drug talk with your prescriber, inform him if you are going to combine advair diskus with other drugs, which in combination may cause allergic or hypersensitivity reaction. Don’t use the medication if you are allergic to lactose, milk proteins. You should inform the physician if you have any serious liver, kidneys disorders, as well as if you have weak immune system of problems with thyroid.
What are the side effects?
Get medical help at once if you have signs of allergic reaction (or hypersensitivity): itching, breathing worsening, lips, tongue, throat swelling.
Contact your prescriber or get help if you notice any of the following serious symptoms:
- acute chest pain, chest tightness, wheezing
- tremor, heart attack or uneven beats
- skin whitening or yellowing
- eye pain, blurred vision or difficulties to look at light
- asthma symptoms worsening
Advair diskus must be stored away from light, moisture and heat. The expiry period for the drug made in the U.S. is 1 months after taking it from foil.