Advair

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Description

Drug Description

Advair is prescriptions drug that receivel FDA approval. It is used for the treatment of allergy. It includes two main components: Salmeterol and Fluticasone that prevent breathing problems by relaxing the airway muscles. The steroid fluticasone available in this drug prevents the production of substance that causes inflammation in a human body.
Various forms of this drug are intended for the patient of different age. For example, ADVAIR DISKUS can be used by the people who are 4 years or older, while ADVAIR HFA is intended for the patients aged 12 years or older.

Use

This is a prescription drug for asthma intended for kids and adults. However, it can’t replace the rescue inhaler and must be taken only according to the doctor’s prescription. Advair is used only when the long-term asthma therapy don’t demonstrate any effect. This drug is also used for the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease that includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

Dosage

The drug is available in the form of inhalation aerosol or powder in the following dosages: 100 mcg fluticasone – 50 mcg salmeterol, 250 mcg fluticasone – 50 mcg salmeterol and 500 mcg fluticasone – 50 mcg salmeterol. For the therapy of COPD, take 250 mcg fluticasone – 50 mcg salmeterol orally two times a day with a minimum interval of 12 hours. This is also the maximum recommended dosage. Don’t exceed it, as it can’t enhance the efficiency. However, if you want to use it for the treatment of asthma, consult the doctor before taking Advair.

Skipping a dose/overdose

To avoid skipping the dosage, you should take the drug at the same time each day. Don’t take the missed dosage if it’s time to take the next one. In case of overdose, seek immediate medical assistance.

Adverse effects

The most widespread adverse effects caused by the use of this drug are:

  • Minor pain in muscle or bones
  • Sore throat
  • Vertigo
  • Nausea
  • Head pain
  • Anxiety

Serious adverse effects that require immediate medical assistance are:

  • Allergic response
  • Blurred vision
  • Signs of infection
  • Cramps
  • Aggravation of asthma

This drug rarely causes severe adverse effects. However, it can happen if you take a fake or poor-quality pill.

What medicines interact with Advair?

Some medicines and conditions can interact with this drug, for example: anti-HIV drugs called Norvir and Kaletra, tuberculosis, close angle glaucoma, skin diseases and diabetes. If you’re currently taking these medicines, avoid using this drug. If its use is extremely necessary, consult the doctor before starting the treatment. Don’t forget to inform him/her about all the drugs that you’re taking now.
Some antifungal (Ketoconazole or Ritonavir) as well as Fluticasone and Salmeterol are able to interact with Advair. Therefore, you must tell your physician about all the drug you’re using (prescription and non- prescription drugs, herbal supplements and vitamins) to avoid drug interactions.