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Advair Diskus Medication - Uses & Side Effects

fluticasone and salmeterol
Pronunciation: floo TIK a sone, sal ME te rol
Brand: Advair Diskus, Advair HFA

Fluticasone is a steroid. It prevents the release of substances in the body that may cause inflammation. It works by relaxing muscles in the airways to improve breathing. It is used to control asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) that are associated with chronic bronchitis. It is an oral inhaler that contains two types of medication. One is fluticasone propionate, a steroid that reduces inflammation in the lungs and the other, salmeterol, is a long-acting bronchodilator that opens up the airways.

Advair Diskus Dosage

  • The recommended dosage of Advair Diskus is one inhalation twice daily. You should take the inhalations morning and evening, 12 hours apart.
  • It can sometimes be used to control asthma in children 4 to 11 years of age. For these children, only the lowest strength of medication is given.

Uses of Advair Diskus

  • Advair is used to prevent asthma attacks.
  • It is also used to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) that are associated with chronic bronchitis.
  • Salmeterol is a bronchodilator. It works by relaxing muscles in the airways to improve breathing.

Side Effects of Advair Diskus

Before taken Advair Diskus medicine, you should discuss the side effects with your doctor. If any develop or change in intensity, then you should inform your doctor as soon as possible. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Advair Diskus. Side effects may include:

  • Bronchitis
  • Cough
  • Diarrhea
  • Fungal infection of the mouth
  • Gastrointestinal discomfort and pain
  • Headaches
  • Muscle pain
  • Nausea
  • Sinus problems
  • Upper respiratory infection or inflammation
  • Vomiting

Warnings and precautions before taking Advair Diskus

  • Before using this medication, you should tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies.
  • Before using this medication, you should tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially if you have high blood pressure, brittle bones, depression, diabetes, eye problems such as cataracts, glaucoma, heart problems (e.g., angina, irregular heartbeat).
  • This product may make you dizzy; so you should use caution engaging in activities that requiring alertness such as driving or using machinery.
  • Take this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor.
  • this medication may be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

Drug Interaction :-

If you are taking Advair Diskus with certain other drugs, then it may be increased, decreased, or altered the effects of medicine. So it is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Advair Diskus with the following:

  • Antidepressants called "monoamine oxidase inhibitors," such as Nardil and Parnate
  • Beta blockers (drugs such as Inderal and Tenormin that are used to control blood pressure and treat various heart conditions)
  • Ketoconazole (Nizoral)
  • Long-acting inhalers such as Serevent and Foradil
  • Ritonavir (Norvir)
  • Water pills (diuretics) such as HydroDIURIL and Lasix
Overdose

But after taken Advair Diskus if you feel that overdose is suspected, then you should contact with your doctor immediately. Because it may lead to another serious effect. Symptoms of a Advair Diskus overdose may include:

  • Angina or chest pain
  • Fast or irregular heartbeats
  • Seizures
  • Tremor
  • Weakness
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting


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