Generic name: Fluticasone-salmeterol
Brand names: Advair Diskus
Advair (Salmeterol / Fluticasone) is a corticoid and bronchodilator compounding. It is prescribed to heal and prevent or curtail the signs of asthma (i.e. crackling, painful respiration), and also lung diseases of a chronic form (i.e. emphysema, bronchitis, – COPD). Advair Diskus is effective cure for asthma. It lessens inflammation and dilates the airways in the lungs (decreases bronchiolar bulging and causes muscle weakening).
Note: Advair Diskus WILL NOT STOP an asthma attack immediately it has started. It is necessary to take other quick-relief medicines / inhalers in case of sudden shortness of breath or asthma attacks.
Your doctor may prescribe this remedy for other purposes. Contact your physician if you need to learn more information about this drug.
Don’t stop treatment with Advair Diskus earlier than it was prescribed by your doctor even if you notice improvements of your condition. Stopping the medication too early may worsen your condition. Be careful about doing dangerous tasks, driving, operating machinery or climbing until you are aware how this drug affects you. Don’t drink alcohol. Always contact a medic before giving Advair Diskus to a child.
What symptoms or conditions should I report to a doctor before I take this medicine?
It is important to report to a doctor if you have or had the following conditions:
- taking any other medicines, herbal preparations, diary supplement
- taking a monoamine oxidase inhibitor
- COPD flare-up
- allergy to medicines, foods, other substances
- fungal, bacterial, parasitic or a viral infection
- osteoporosis or you have a risk of osteoporosis
- pregnant, breast-feeding, trying to get pregnant
How to take Advair Diskus?
Note: This remedy was prescribed to you only. Do not share this medicament with others. Follow strictly your doctor’s prescription. Do not take more or longer than your doctor recommended.
The usual dose of Advair Diskus 100/50 mcg is taken two times a day (morning and evening). The dosage for children aged from 4 years is one inhalation two times a day. If you have another dosage, inquire your medical practitioner. Always follow your doctor’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.
What should I do if I miss the dose?
If you miss the dose, try to take it as soon as you have the opportunity. If it is time for your next dose, take only one dose. You don’t have to double the dose.
What should you do if you overdose of Advair Diskus?
Taking any medicine in excess you can have serious consequences for your health. If you suspect an overdose, visit your physician instantly.
- Thyroid hormones
- Medicines known as MAO inhibitors, such as tranylcypromine (Parnate®), phenelzine (Nardil®), selegiline (Carbex®, Eldepryl®), isocarboxazid (Marplan®),
- Arsenic trioxide
- Medicines for treating depression or mental illness (haloperidol, amoxapine, pimozide, maprotiline, risperidone, phenothiazines, tricyclic antidepressants, sertindole, ziprasidone)
- Medicines for breathing difficulties and colds
- Steroid hormones such as cortisone, dexamethasone, hydrocortisone
- Beta-blockers, often used for heart problems or high blood pressure
- Water pills or diuretics
- Antibiotics such as erythromycin, clarithromycin, gemifloxacin, gatifloxacin, levofloxacin, grepafloxacin, moxifloxacin, linezolid, sparfloxacin
- Medicines to control heart rhythm such as disopyramide, amiodarone, flecainide, dofetilide, quinidine, procainamide, sotalol
- Medicines for high blood pressure or heart disease
Some medicines for weight loss (including some ephedra, herbal products, dextroamphetamine, ephedrine)
This list of interactions may be not complete. Provide your medical practitioners entire list of medicines, herbs, dietary supplements or non-prescription drugs you take. Moreover tell them whether you drink alcohol, use illegal drugs or smoke. Particular items may interact with your drug.
Which side effects can I perceive from this remedy?
If you feel headache, vomiting, nausea, throat irritation, dizziness, diarrhea, tremor, bone pain or mild muscle or nervousness, inform your health care provider.
Stop taking Advair Diskus and seek for immediate emergency help if you notice any of the following allergic reactions:
- shortness of breath;
- swelling of the mouth, tongue, or face;
- closing of your throat;
- severe or persistent dizziness or headache;
- fast heartbeat, pain in chest, numbness or tingling in hands or feet;
- spasms, cramps, or severe muscle weakness;
- changes in movement, vision changes;
- white patches or sores on the tongue or mouth;
- weight gain;
- worsening of asthma symptoms;
- severe or persistent bone pain;
- signs of infection, unusual tiredness or weakness;
- vaginal odor or discharge.
This is not the whole list of side effects that may occur. Consult your doctor about any abnormal or troubling side effect.
How should Advair Diskus be stored?
Advair Diskus should be stored at room temperature, between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F), in a tightly closed container. Protect from moisture, direct heat, and light. Do not store in the bathroom or near a sink. Keep Advair Diskus out of the reach of children and away from animals.
Warning: Before taking the drug you need to consult your doctor. The information contained in this article is not intended to cover all possible precautions, drug interactions, adverse effects, directions, uses, allergic reactions or warnings.
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