Advair is the medication prescribed for treating asthma (shortness of breath) or ongoing lung disease like COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) which is a mixture of two types of medicines namely, salmeterol and fluticasone. These both basically open the airways properly, reduce irritation and swelling and make breathing easier.
It comes in various variants like ADVAIR DISKUS is a prescription for patients of 4 years and older, ADVAIR HFA is a prescription for the treatment of patients aged 12 years and older and ADVAIR DISKUS 250/50 is a prescription medicine for adults. Everyday use of this medicine is a must. It is advisable to use it with a quick relief inhaler so that it reached directly to the lungs.
People who just take salmeterol have more risks of death from asthma while ADVAIR medicine reduces that risk. A proper medical prescription and usage instructions from a physician is mandatory.
Do not try to ease a patient who is in the middle of an asthma attack.
Before taking this medicine
If you are about to start this medication then, contact your healthcare provider for a detailed discussion on things like current medicines, disease like diabetes, tuberculosis, liver issues, glaucoma, food habits, skin issues etc.
Pregnant women must give special attention before going on this drug to make sure that no harm is done to the unborn child. Children must be taken to physicians, get it prescribed and then, start the use of this antibiotic.
How should I use Advair?
It is always advisable to use this medicine under professional help and as per the instructions. Large doses must be avoided. Inhaler is the device that allows dose to enter directly into the lungs on time. Advair Diskus and HFA are loaded inside the inhaler as per the dose and inhaled directly from the mouth. It must be made sure that inhaler is in flat and leveled position while intake and you do not taste the medicine. Do not exhale into the device or, try to wash it. You must shake the inhaler well before use and Close it properly after the use.
Advair dosing information
Do not use this drug for sudden symptoms of asthma or COPD. You must always have a rescue inhaler to treat such sudden attacks. You must talk to your doctor about this drug, its usage, dosage, advantages and risks. Adult dose for asthma suggests inhalation (100 mcg-50 mcg powder or 45 mcg-21 mcg aerosol) twice a day (morning and evening, approximately 12 hours apart).
What happens if I miss a dose?
Take your missed dose immediately if there is enough time for the next one otherwise take your next one on time. Do not overdo this drug.
What happens if I overdose?
You must immediately report to the doctor for help.
What should I avoid while using Advair?
You must avoid other medicines containing LABA and steroids.
Advair side effects
It can cause serious side effects, like:
Fungal infection in your mouth
Sudden breathing problems after medicine intake
Weakened immunity system
Reduced adrenal functions
Missed heart beats and various nervous system problems
Common problems like cold, cough, headache, nausea, vomiting, voice change etc.
You must report immediately to your doctor if you face any problem during medicine course.