Advair is an FDA-approved medication used to treat asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It comes in two forms: Advair Diskus and Advair HFA.
The two forms contain a mixture of fluticasone and salmeterol as active ingredients.
Generic name: fluticasone and salmeterol
Brand name: Advair Diskus, Advair HFA, AirDuo RespiClick
Drug class: Bronchodilator combinations
- Advair Diskus is used to treat asthma in adults and children ages 4 years and older. It is also used as a maintenance treatment for adults with COPD.
- Advair HFA is used to treat asthma in adults and children ages 12 years and older.
How To Use Advair
Use Advair exactly as directed by your doctor. Read all drug guides or instruction sheets and follow all guidelines on your prescription label. Follow the medication’s instructions as directed. Excessive usage of this medication can result in life-threatening adverse effects.
Advair isn’t a quick-relief medication for asthma or bronchospasm. In the event of an attack, only use fast-acting inhalation medicine. If your breathing problems worsen quickly or you suspect your asthma meds aren’t functioning well, see a doctor.
Advair Diskus is a fluticasone and salmeterol powder that comes with a unique inhaler device that is pre-loaded with blister packs containing calculated doses of the medication. Advair HFA is available in a canister to be used with an actuator inhaler.
Each day, take Advair HFA at the same time. Only use the inhaler that came with your medication. Before each spray, give the inhaler a good shake for at least 5 seconds.
Allowing a small kid to use this medicine without adult supervision is not recommended. Read and carefully follow any usage directions that came with your drug. If you don’t understand something, go to your doctor or pharmacist.
After each use of your inhaler, rinse your mouth with water without swallowing. Due to surgery, sickness, stress, or a recent asthma attack, your dose requirements may alter. Do not alter your medication dose or schedule without consulting your doctor. If you’re also taking an oral steroid, don’t quit taking it all at once. To taper your dose, follow your doctor’s recommendations.
Tell your doctor if your results are lower than normal if you use a peak flow meter at home. It’s possible that your vision and bone mineral density will need to be evaluated on a regular basis.
Keep your medicine away from moisture, heat, and sunshine at room temperature. Avoid using extreme heat sources, such as an open flame or driving in a heated car. Follow all storage and disposal instructions on your medicine carefully.
Your doctor may advise you to stop using this medication once your asthma is under control. All follow-up appointments should be kept.
The following side effects can be associated with taking Advair. They include mild and severe side effects.
Consult your doctor or pharmacist for further information on potential adverse effects. They can provide you with advice on how to deal with any unpleasant side effects.
Mild side effects include:
Severe side effects include:
- Increased risk for serious infections
- Serious allergic reaction
- Paradoxical bronchospasm
- Decrease in bone density, leading to osteoporosis
- Pneumonia, in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Reduced function of your adrenal gland
Severe side effects are uncommon, but they can happen. If you experience any major side effects, contact your doctor at once. If your symptoms are life-threatening or you believe you’re having a medical emergency, dial 911 or your local emergency number.
If you are allergic to fluticasone, salmeterol, or milk proteins, you should not use Advair. Advair is not a life-saving medication. It will not be able to treat asthma or bronchospasm attack quickly enough. If your breathing issues are getting worse or your meds aren’t functioning as well as they should, see a doctor.
It can cause mouth and throat fungal infections. These diseases can be avoided by rinsing your mouth with water after each usage. In COPD patients, Advair is also linked to an increased risk of pneumonia.