Advair Diskus is applied in treatment of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) associated with chronic bronchitis. It is sold in form of an oral inhaler and contains 2 medicines, fluticasone propionate (Flovent) and salmeterol (Serevent). Fluticasone propionate is a corticosteroid substance which reduces inflammation in the lungs. Salmeterol, a beta2-agonist (LABA), relaxes smooth muscles of bronchi, widens them and has prolonged activity. Mutual work of the two ingredients prevents wheezing and shortness of breath.
Dosage and direction
Advair Diskus should be used twice daily: in morning and evening, 12 hours apart. Do not take it more often than prescribed, excessive use can aggravate heart irregularities. Caution is needed if you are treated with this medication and have any kind of heart disorder or high blood pressure.
Sudden interruption of regular Advair Diskus intake is risky by worsening of your condition if you are treated for asthma and other breathing problems (such as emphysema or bronchitis). This drug is not used to stop a sudden attack of acute asthma or bronchitis. Do not take this medication if your asthma is well controlled with another drug or only occasional use of short-acting drugs is necessary. Inform your doctor if you are taking ritonavir, an anti-HIV drug, if you had a history of allergy, diabetes, heart disorders, high blood pressure, problems with immune system, liver or kidney failure, if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, if you suffer from a thyroid disorder, seizures, osteoporosis, or you are exposed to chickenpox or measles.
Advair Diskus cannot be used in the primary treatment of status asthmaticus, acute episodes of asthma or COPD. Administration of Advair Diskus is contraindicated in patients with hypersensitivity to the medication. The medication cannot be administered in children under 4 y.o.
Possible side effects
This medication may increase pneumonia risk. If you experience such symptoms as fever, chills, increase in mucus (sputum) production, change in mucus color, increased cough, or increased breathing problems they may be signs of pneumonia. Check with your doctor immediately as well as if your breathing problems worsen during treatment with Advair Diskus.
Inform your doctor if you are taking “tricyclics” antidepressants (amitriptyline hydrochloride, imipramine hydrochloride), antidepressants from MAO inhibitors class (phenelzine sulfate, tranylcypromine sulfate), beta blockers to control blood pressure (atenolol, propranolol hydrochloride), ketoconazole, long-acting inhalers (formoterol, salmeterol xinafoate), ritonavir, diuretics (furosemide, hydrochlorothiazide).
If you forgot to take your dose in time, please do it as soon as you remember. But do not take if it is too late or almost time for your next dose. Do not increase your recommended dose. Take your doses at about the same time each day to avoid missing a dose.
If you experience severe headache, fast or irregular heartbeat, muscle cramps, tremor they may be symptoms of overdose. Contact your doctor as you may need immediate medical care.
Store at room temperature away from moisture, sunlight, kids and pets in a tight container.