Why is Advair Diskus prescribed?
Advair Diskus, a combination of Fluticasone and Salmeterol, is used to control symptoms of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD; chronic bronchitis and emphysema), like chest tightness, coughing, difficulty breathing, and wheezing. It can be used both by adults and children 12 years old and older.
What does it do?
Fluticasone is a steroid that reduces swelling and irritation of the airways, while Salmeterol is a long-acting beta-agonist (LABA) that helps opens and relaxes the airways. In combination, these two drugs relieve symptoms mentioned above and improve breathing.
How should I take it?
Advair Diskus (Fluticasone/Salmeterol) is currently available as 250mcg/50mcg, 100mcg/50mcg, 250mcg/50mcg, and 500mcg/50mcg powder inhaler. Each type of inhaler has its set of instructions regarding its priming, usage, and cleaning. Rinse your mouth after inhalation to prevent infections of the mouth and pharynx. Make sure to follow the directions and ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
The dosage strength and frequency depend on every patient’s condition and the doctor’s prescription. It is imperative that you do not self-medicate and only take this drug after consulting with your doctor or pharmacist to determine the best dosage and dosing schedule for the treatment of your condition.
What if I missed a dose?
The proper use of medications is needed to achieve the desired effect of any drug. As much as possible, strictly follow your doctor’s prescribed dosing schedule. If you miss a dose, take it immediately. But if it is almost your next dose, skip the missed dose and proceed with the regular dosing schedule. Never take two doses at the same time to make up for a missed dose, unless told otherwise.
What are the special precautions before taking Advair Diskus?
Keep in mind that Advair Diskus is NOT a rescue medication for acute attacks of asthma or COPD.
Inform your doctor about all the medications you are taking, your current and previous medical history, and any allergic reactions to Fluticasone propionate, Salmeterol, milk proteins, or any other ingredients included in the manufacture of this medication.
Ask a pharmacist or respiratory therapist for instructions in using inhalers properly. Pediatric patients should be assisted when administering this medication.
For the drug label information of Advair Diskus, click here.
Does it have any side effects?
It is important to note that all drugs have corresponding side effects and adverse reactions. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Common side effects may include:
- Uncontrollable shaking
- Clogged or runny nose
- Sore throat
- Appetite changes
- Abdominal pain
- Sleep disturbance
- Neck or back pain
- Ear infections
- Burning or tingling sensation on hands and or feet
Serious side effects may include:
- Rapid heartbeat
- Itching, hives, or rash
- Swelling of any part of the face or limbs
- Hoarseness and difficulty breathing or swallowing
- Chest pain
- Loss of consciousness
- White spots or sores in your mouth (oral Candidiasis)
- Burning or tingling sensation on limbs
Other side effects not listed above may be experienced when using Advair Diskus. If the symptoms do not go away or are life-threatening, immediately stop taking the medication and inform your doctor or call an ambulance for professional medical assistance.
Is it safe to take it with another drug?
Some drug interactions may cause serious or life-threatening reactions when administered together.
Immediately inform your doctor if you are taking Advair Diskus with any of the following medications:
- Combigan eye drops
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for other possible interactions not listed within this section.
How should I store it?
Store Advair Diskus in a tight container in a clean environment away from excessive heat and moisture. Keep out of reach of children.
What should I do in case of an overdose?
Call an ambulance and seek immediate medical attention to prevent further complications or possible death.
Is it safe to take if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?
Advair Diskus is not recommended for use in pregnant women or women trying to get pregnant. Regular monitoring of pregnant women using this drug is essential to maintain adequate asthma control.
It can be excreted in human milk. However, its effects on the infant are still not fully known. Hence, it is essential to consider both the developmental and health benefits of breastfeeding, along with the mother’s clinical need for this medication.
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