What is Advair? What will it do for me?
Advair contains the drugs salmeterol and fluticasone (steroid). This medication is used to treat COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and asthma. Salmeterol is a bronchodilator which prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation. These medications relax the muscles in the walls of the small air passages in the lung keeping the air passage open and making it easier to breathe. Fluticasone belongs to a group of medications known as corticosteroids. Corticosteroids reduce inflammation in the lungs and help reduce the swelling and irritation in the walls of the small air passages in the lungs.
Before using Advair
The drug salmeterol has been shown to increase the risk of asthma-related death. It is critical that you use only the prescribed dose of this medicine and follow all patient instructions for safe use of the medication.If you have been diagnosed with any of the conditions below, you may need a dose adjustment or take special caution to safely use Advair:
Patients who are allergic to Flonase and Flovent (fluticasone), Serevent (salmeterol) or milk allergies, or if you’ve been diagnosed with severe COPD, or having an asthma attack. We recommended contacting your medical provider immediately before using Advair. Avoid using a similar inhaled bronchodilator such as Foradil unless your doctor has told you to do so.
Inform your doctor of usage before taking Advair if you are using medications under these categories:
Water pill or diuretic
Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
Less serious Advair side effects include
It is not known whether Advair is harmful to an unborn baby. Before using this medication, inform your doctor if you are pregnant during treatment.
It is not known whether salmeterol and fluticasone can pass into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby.