ADVAIR DISKUS (FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE/SALMETEROL XINAFOATE)
Advair Diskus Description
Advair Diskus is a dry powder inhaler that is taken orally and should not to be confused with liquid aerosol inhalers made from a combination of Fluticasone Propionate and Salmeterol Xinafoate. It is used by patients to treat severe asthma as well as other respiratory diseases such as chronic bronchitis and emphysema. While Advair Diskus will not stop or treat a currently active asthma attack, it is used to help relieve chronic symptoms of wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath over time.
Fluticasone is a corticosteroid that acts as an anti-inflammatory medication to reduce the irritation and swelling that lead to respiratory attacks. Salmeterol works similarly to a muscle relaxant (bronchodilator) which decreases resistance in the airway, allowing better airflow into the lungs to ease difficulty in breathing. It subsequently helps asthmatic attacks lesson in severity over prolonged use. Regular use of Fluticasone/Salmeterol helps to maintain open airways, which is particularly beneficial during the night when a patient is asleep and cannot monitor their breathing.
As Advair Diskus is in a powder form, it is unlike typical aerosol inhalers because one cannot "spray" it directly into the mouth/lungs (using an inhaler with a pressurized propellant). Instead, it relies on the individual person’s ability to inhale deeply to ensure the medication reaches the lungs; hence it is normally prescribed to older children or adults.
Advair Diskus should only be used as an additional treatment for patients who cannot be treated with other asthma medicines (such as inhaled corticosteroids) or for asthma patients that require two medicines, including Salmeterol. Advair Diskus must be used with a short-acting medicine such as albuterol for an asthma attack or asthma symptoms that need attention right away.
Conditions Treated by Advair Diskus
Asthma is a chronic condition in which your airways narrow and swell and produce extra mucus which can make breathing difficult and trigger coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. Asthma symptoms may be triggered by physical activity for some people, while others may experience symptoms as a result of contact with allergens. While some may experience minor symptoms with asthma; for others it can be a more serious condition that interferes with daily activities and poses the risk of a life-threatening asthma attack. Asthma cannot be cured, but the symptoms can be managed.
Advair Diskus or Fluticasone Propionate/Salmeterol Xinafoate generic may also be prescribed to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a chronic inflammatory lung condition. Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are the two most common conditions that contribute to COPD.
Before You Use Advair Diskus
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, may become pregnant, or are breast-feeding before using Advair Diskus. Disclose other medical conditions you have and provide a list of any non-prescription medications and Rx medication you take, including vitamin and dietary supplements and homeopathic remedies.
Warnings for Advair Diskus
You should not use Advair Diskus if your asthma attack has already started. Your doctor will prescribe another medicine (a short-acting inhaler) for you to use in case of an acute asthma attack. Advair Diskus should be used only if your doctor decides that your asthma is not well controlled with a long-term asthma control medicine, such as an inhaled corticosteroid.
Possible Side Effects of Advair Diskus
· Throat irritation
· Hoarseness and voice changes
· Upper respiratory tract infection
Drugs Similar to Advair Diskus
· Symbicort Turbuhaler
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