ADVAIR DISKUS (FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE/SALMETEROL XINAFOATE)
Advair Diskus Description
Advair Diskus is a combination of two medications; fluticasone is a steroid medication and Salmeterol is a long-acting bronchodilator. Fluticasone prevents certain cells in the lungs and breathing passages from releasing substances that cause asthma symptoms, while salmeterol relaxes airway muscles to improve breathing.
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
Advair Diskus is prescribed to help control the symptoms of asthma and improve breathing when a patient's asthma has not been controlled sufficiently on other asthma medicines, or when a patient's condition is so severe that more than one medicine is needed every day.
Advair Diskus is also used to prevent flare-ups or worsening of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) associated with chronic bronchitis and/or emphysema.
Warnings for Advair Diskus
You should not use Advair Diskus if your asthma attack has already started. Your doctor will prescribe another medicine (e.g., 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
· Breo Elipta