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Advair

Name of The Generic: Fluticasone and salmeterol salmeterol and fluticasone floo-TIK, sal-ME-terol [sal-ME-terol, floo-TIK-asone]
The Brand Names Are: Advair Diskus, Advair HFA, and AirDuo RespiClick.
Drug Class: Bronchodilator combinations

What is Advair?

The Advair formula contains salmeterol and fluticasone. Fluticasone is a steroid that blocks the release of chemicals in the body that can cause inflammation. Salmeterol is an asthmatic drug. It helps relax muscles in the airways and improve breathing.

The Advair inhalation product is a medication used to treat the onset of asthma attacks. It can also be used to help prevent flare-ups and the deterioration of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) that is associated with asthma or emphysema.Advair Diskus is intended for adults and children who are at least four years old. The Advair HFA is intended for children and adults who are at least 12 years old.

Warnings

The use of Advair is not recommended if you have an allergy to salmeterol, fluticasone, or milk proteins.The Advair drug is not a cure. It won't work quickly enough to treat asthma attacks or bronchospasm.

Get medical attention if you are suffering from an increase in breathing difficulties or suspect that your medication isn't functioning as well.Advil can cause fungal infections in the throat and mouth. Cleaning your mouth with water following the use of Advair can help avoid these infections. The use of Advair can also be linked to an increased risk of contracting pneumonia among patients suffering from COPD.

Before You Take This Drug

It is not recommended to use this medication if you have an allergy to fluticasone, salmeterol (Serevent),

  • If you have an extremely severe reaction to milk proteins

  • If you're experiencing asthma attacks or have severe COPD symptoms.

Fluticasone could reduce your immune system's strength and make it easier for you to contract an infection or worsen an infection that you are currently experiencing or recently suffered from. Inform your doctor of any illness or infection that you have experienced in the last few weeks.

Inform your doctor if you have ever suffered from:

  • Glaucoma or cataracts

  • Heart disease, as well as excessive blood pressure;

  • A seizure;

  • Diabetes;

  • A food or drug allergy;

  • An immune system that is weak;

  • Chronic persistent infections (such as tuberculosis, fungal, and parasitic infections, as well as herpes of the eyes);

  • Osteoporosis;

  • An thyroid disorder;

  • Kidney or liver disease.

The long-term use of steroids can result in the loss of bone (osteoporosis), especially in the event that you smoke, are not active, do not receive enough calcium or vitamin D from your food, or have an ancestral history of osteoporosis. Discuss the risk with your doctor.

Inform your doctor if you are expecting. It's not clear if this medicine can harm an unborn baby. If asthma is untreated or not controlled during pregnancy, it can lead to complications like preterm birth and eclampsia (dangerously elevated blood pressure that could cause medical issues for both baby and mother). The benefits of treating asthma could outweigh the risks for the baby.It is not recommended to breastfeed while taking this medication. Talk to your doctor about any potential risks.Don't give Advair to children without medical guidance.

How to Take Advair?

Take Advair exactly as it was prescribed to you. Follow the instructions on the prescription label and go through all medication guides and instructions. Make sure you use the medication exactly as prescribed.Intoxication with this medication could cause dangerous adverse effects.

Advil is not a medicine to use as a last resort for bronchospasm and asthma attacks. Use only fast-acting inhalation medicines for attacks. Get medical attention if you notice that your breathing issues get worse rapidly or if you suspect the asthma medications you are taking aren't functioning as well.

Advair Diskus is a powder-based form of salmeterol and fluticasone. It includes a specific inhaler device preloaded with blister packs containing the exact doses of the medication. The Advair HFA is available in a container that is used in conjunction with an actuator inhaler device.

Utilize Advair HFA at the same time every day. Make sure to use only the inhaler device included in the medication.The inhaler should be shaken for at least 5 seconds prior to each spray.Do not let a small child take this medicine without assistance from an adult.

Take note of and follow the instructions that are included with your medication. Consult your physician or pharmacist if you don't understand these directions.Cleanse the mouth using the water, and do not swallow after every use of your inhaler.

Your dose needs may change due to surgery, illness, stress, or a recent asthma attack. Do not alter your dose or schedule without the advice of your doctor.

If you are also using an oral steroid, you shouldn't stop taking it abruptly. Follow your doctor's instructions regarding the dosage you should be tapering.If you are using the peak flow gauge in your home, inform your doctor if your readings are lower than what is normal.Your vision and bone mineral density might require regular checks.

Place your medicine in a cool, dry place away from moisture, sun, and heat. Avoid extreme heat, like a flame that is open or inside a vehicle, on a hot summer day. Follow all instructions on disposal and storage of your medication.If your asthma is now under control, your physician might suggest that you quit using the medication. Make sure to keep all sessions. Do not stop taking the medication unless your doctor has told you to.

What Happens If I Miss a Dose?

Do not miss the missed dose, and take your next dose at your regular time. Don't use two doses at once.

What Happens If I Overdose?

Get medical attention in an emergency or contact the poison help line at 1-800-222-1222.The symptoms of an overdose can consist of chest pains, a fast heart rate, and feeling shaky or sluggish.

Long-term usage of a steroid inhaled can cause cataracts, glaucoma, thin skin, weight loss (especially around the neck, face, back, waist, and face), more facial hair or acne, menstrual disorders, and impotence. It can also cause a loss of interest in sexuality.

What Should Be Avoided?

Avoid contact with those who are sick or suffer from infections. Contact your doctor for treatment to prevent infection when you've been affected by chickenpox as well as measles. These illnesses can be very serious and even fatal for people who use drugs like fluticasone.

Do not take a second long-acting inhaled bronchodilator unless your doctor has instructed you to. Formoterol (Perforomist, Symbicort, Bevespi Dulera) or arformoterol (Brovan), as well as indacaterol (Arcapta), olodaterol (Striverdi, Stiolto Respimat), or salmeterol (Serevent), as well as vilanterol (Anoro Ellipta, Breo Ellipta, and Trelegy Ellipta).

Side Effects Of Advair

Contact a medical professional immediately. If you exhibit symptoms that you are experiencing an allergic reaction with Advair, such as hives, breathing problems, and swelling of your lips, face, and tongue,

See your doctor right away. If you are suffering from:

  • Wheezing, choking, or having other breathing issues after taking this medication;

  • Cough, chills, fever with mucus, being short of breath;

  • Chest pain, rapid or irregular heartbeats chest pain, irregular heartbeats, an intense headache, and a pounding neck or in your ears;

  • Tremors, nervousness;

  • Symptoms of thrush (a fungal infection): sores or white spots in your throat or mouth; difficulty swallowing;

  • Blurred vision blurred vision, pain in the eyes, or seeing halos around light sources;

  • Increased thirst, more frequent urination, dry mouth, and the odor of fruity breath;

  • Leg cramps, constipation, irregular heartbeats, fluttering of your chest, urination or thirst that is increased sensation of tingling or numbness, muscular weakness or a limb sensation,

  • More fatigue or weakness that is getting worse. getting more tired, feeling lightheaded, dizziness, and vomiting.

Fluticasone can cause growth issues in children. Consult your physician if you believe your child isn't growing as normal when taking this drug.

Common Advair side effects can include:

  • Muscle pain, headache muscle pain, bone pain, back pain;

  • Nausea, vomiting;

  • Thrush, throat irritation

  • Continuous cough, hoarseness, or a deep voice

  • Signs of a cold, such as a stuffy nose, sneezing, or sore throat,

  • Ear infection (in the child): fever, painful ear or full-feeling trouble hearing, earache and discharge from the ears, and a feeling of numbness.

This isn't a complete list of all the side effects. Other side effects could be present. Contact your physician to seek medical advice on the effects. You can report adverse reactions to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Interaction With Other Drugs

It is sometimes not safe to use certain medicines together. Certain medications can alter the blood levels and the other medications you are taking, which could create side effects or render the medication less effective.

Discuss with your doctor any other medications you take, particularly:

  • Antifungal medicines (such as ketoconazole)

  • Medication for treating HIV as well as AIDS.

  • Antidepressant drugs, particularly monoamine oxidase inhibitors (including rasagiline, isocarboxazid, selegiline, phenelzine, and Methylene Blue injection) or tricyclic antidepressants (including desipramine, amitriptyline, doxepin, and more). or

  • Blood pressure medication, like diuretics (water pills) or beta-blockers (including atenolol and labetalol as well as propranolol or metoprolol among other beta-blockers).

This is not a complete list, and other drugs could be incompatible with salmeterol and fluticasone. This includes prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, and herbal products. Some interactions with drugs are included here.

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