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Advair Diskus (Fluticasone)

What is Advair diskus?

Advair diskus is the combination of two drugs: fluticasone and salmeterol. Both are used in the treatment of asthma and other breathing problems related to obstruction, like for instance: emphysema or chronic bronchitis.

Fruticasone is a steroid, while salmeterol is a bronchodilator and the two of them, working synergistically to prevent asthma attacks and help asthmatics to breathe by their mechanism of action, which relaxes the muscles in the airways to facilitate the process of breathing a little more.

Advair diskus is a long-term treatment, not a short term medicine, it does not work immediately and it’s specific for asthmatic patients aged 4 years and older, with inhalators which give them great results.

However, like many anti-asthma medications, it has a number of limitations, for example, it can’t be used when there’s a case of bronchospasm, and it is not recommendable for asthmatic patients whose condition can be controlled with corticosteroids and inhaled beta2-agonists.

It is important to know the warnings and precautions when taking this medication. As a matter of fact, while you’re on a treatment based on steroids, you need to be careful with the people around you. Avoid sick and infected people, especially if they have conditions like chicken pox or measles. Those are serious or even fatal when you’re on these types of treatments, so if you’ve been in contact with someone with those two, call your doctor.

Also follow all the Advair diskus instructions on the box and talk with your doctor about your risks and benefits while using this medicine. Your heath is important.

It is unknown whether Advair is dangerous for an unborn baby or not. Nonetheless it’s better to consult a professional in case of pregnancy during treatment. It is also unknown if fluticasone and salmeterol, advair diskus generic names, pass into breast milk or if they can cause damage to a nursing baby, but it is better not to take any kind of risks.

Finally, treatments with steroids have been established to affect the normal growth in children. Talk with your doctor as soon as possible, if you think your child is not growing at a normal pace while using Advair, moreover, never give Advair to a child without doctor’s guidance and authorization.

Advair Diskus side effects

The side effects posed by this medication depend on the dosage administered and the duration of use.

Some common side effects:

Headache,
Muscle pain,
Bone pain;
Vomiting;
Throat irritation
Stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat;
Cough
Deepened voice.

Serious side effects:

Chest pain;
Uneven heart beating,
Severe headache and nosebleed;
Fever, cold or flu symptoms;
Cough with yellow or green mucus,
Shortness of breath;
Blurred vision, high blood sugar
Increased thirst, increased urination, hunger.
Muscle weakness or limp feeling
Signs of a hormonal disorder

Dosage

There are two ways to take this medicine. Two different presentations of the same product
a) An inhalation powder
b) An inhalation aerosol
Doses vary according to the presentation of the drugs, the age of the patient, severity of the clinical case, etc. These are the most common and they serve as a guide:
Adults: a) Powder: 1 inhalation 2 times a day on a daily basis.
b) Aerosol: 2 Inhalations twice a day, (every 12 hours, morning and evening) on a daily basis
Children With children the treatment is classified according to the patient’s age.
Like this:
4 years to 11 years:
Inhalation powder is the method to use with 1 inhalation (100 mcg-50 mcg) twice a day, every 12 hours
> 12 years: Here we have two options.
a) Inhalation powder: 1 inhalation twice a day twice on a daily basis (mornings and evenings, 12 hours between each does).

b) Inhalation aerosol: The maximum dose recommended is 2 inhalations of 230 mcg-21 mcg twice a day, also on a daily basis.

Dosage Warnings

Do not change your Advair dose or dosage schedule without advice from your doctor. Also, it is not recommended more than one inhalation twice a day.

Missed dose

Take the dose as soon as you remember but skip it, if it’s almost time for the next one. NEVER double up the dose to make up for the one you forgot.
Overdose
In case of overdose, seek emergency medical attention as soon as possible
Overdose symptoms may include:
Angina
Fast or irregular heartbeats
Convulsions
Weakness,
Severe headache
Vomiting