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Advair Diskus is a long-term maintenance inhaler that can improve breathing symptoms in patients with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD). Advair contains ingredients that reduce airway inflammation and open the passageways, known as the bronchi and bronchioles of the lungs. If you get a prescription for Advair for your breathing problems, ordering through a Canadian pharmacy can help you save money on your treatment plan.
Advair Diskus is a prescription medication used by asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients. Advair is available in a generic form called Seroflo. Advair Diskus contains the ingredients fluticasone and salmeterol and is approved by the FDA to treat asthma in adults and children over the age of 4 years. For COPD, Advair Diskus is approved as a maintenance treatment to reduce flare-ups and chronic symptoms. Advair Diskus is an inhalation powder, which differs from Advair HFA. The Advair HFA inhalation is a steroid and bronchodilator combination medicine.
The fluticasone propionate in Advair Diskus is a corticosteroid, which improves symptoms of asthma and COPD by reducing inflammation in the lungs. Less inflammation helps to clear mucus and swelling in the airways, improving airflow and making it easier to breathe. The second active ingredient in Advair Diskus is salmeterol, a long-acting beta 2-agonist that relaxes the muscles that line the airways. The combination of these two ingredients widens the airways and makes breathing easier.
The generic version of Advair Diskus was approved by the FDA in 2019. You can save money by ordering generic Advair from an online Canadian pharmacy like Canada Pharmacy Depot. The generic version of Advair Diskus is called Seroflo, which uses the same active ingredients and has the same therapeutic benefits. Generic and brand name Advair are chemically equivalent, so they have the same safety and efficacy profile.
Advair Diskus is available in three dosage strengths: 100/50mcg, 250/50mcg, and 500/50mcg. Your doctor may prescribe a stronger dose if your condition is more severe. Generally, the best way to start Advair is with a low dosage. This gives your body time to adjust, and your doctor can increase your dosage as needed. Staying on the lowest effective dosage minimizes your risk for side effects. Always make sure to follow your doctor’s dosage directions to limit complications and flare-ups.
Start by holding the device level to your mouth and slide the lever away until you hear a click. Before you inhale this medicine, take a deep breath in, and breathe out. Then, sealing your lips around the mouthpiece, take a steady breath in, holding your breath for 5 to 10 seconds before exhaling. Remember to rinse your mouth with water and spit the water out after using Advair Diskus. Rinsing out your mouth with water reduces your risk of a fungal infection. Always follow your doctor’s instructions when taking this or any medication.
Advair may cause mild to serious side effects. You must take this medication exactly as prescribed to reduce the risk of side effects. However, it is important to realize that even when taken properly, side effects can still occur.
Common side effects, such as throat irritation, hoarse voice, muscle pain, and nausea, are considered mild. These generally will go away within one week. Advair can also cause thrush, also known as a fungal infection in the mouth or throat. You may also experience an upper respiratory infection. If any mild side effect lasts longer than a week, it would be important to speak with your doctor.
Advair rarely causes serious side effects. However, this medication may reduce the function of your adrenal gland and cause symptoms such as weakness, low blood sugar, and vomiting. A paradoxical bronchospasm may occur. This complication involves a sudden constriction of the airways and can cause difficulty breathing.
Advair affects your bone density. Over time, a decrease in bone density can lead to osteoporosis, a condition that increases the risk of fractures. Advair also makes eye problems like glaucoma and cataracts more likely, along with increasing the risk for serious infections like measles and chickenpox.
The ingredients in Advair interact with antiviral medications like ritonavir, indinavir, and saquinavir. These interactions increase the level of fluticasone in the body, heightening your risk of severe complications. Advair is also known to interact with antifungal drugs, antibiotics, and certain antidepressants. Because Advair has many drug interactions, it is important to speak with your doctor before taking any new prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, herbal medicines, and supplements. Ask your doctor for a full list of Advair drug interactions.
Although it is not known whether alcohol interferes with the effectiveness of Advair, this study shows that heavy drinking damages the hair-like structures (cilia) in your lungs. The cilia in your airways are responsible for filtering and removing germs which may prevent lung infections. When the cilia are damaged, you are prone to serious infections like pneumonia. Damaged cilia is also a major risk factor for worsened asthma or COPD symptoms.
Your Advair Diskus prescription will include an expiration date on the label, typically one year from the date it is dispensed. The effectiveness of Advair is guaranteed before the expiration date. However, some medications are still safe and effective after this date. The FDA recommends against using expired medications, so speak to your doctor if you are unsure what to do with expired Advair.
No, Advair Diskus is not approved as an emergency asthma or COPD inhaler. Advair does not work quickly enough to alleviate chest tightness and inflammation. In addition to Advair, it is important to carry a separate emergency inhaler for immediate relief. Talk to your doctor if you have not been prescribed a quick-relief inhaler.
Some patients notice the taste of Advair after a dose, but the taste of this medicine is indiscernible to most. Regardless of whether you taste this medication, it is important to rinse your mouth with water and spit the water out after each dose because leftover Advair can lead to yeast infections.
Advair Diskus is only approved to treat asthma and manage symptoms in COPD patients. This medication is not a cure because a cure for these conditions have yet to be discovered. When used in the long term, Advair can help control asthma and COPD symptoms, but you will likely have to continue using this drug to prevent symptoms from returning.
Advair affects bone density and increases the risk of osteoporosis, so it may also affect a child’s growth. Fluticasone has been known to slow a child’s growth, so your doctor will monitor your child carefully if they are prescribed Advair. Due to this risk, children are prescribed the lowest dosage necessary for symptom management. A low dose can reduce the risk of growth impairment.
Inhaled corticosteroids like fluticasone generally stay in the body for 12 hours. However, if you have liver disease, your body may take longer to remove Advair from your system.
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Dr. Stanley Zaslau, MD is an award winning professor and chairman of the Department of Urology at West Virginia University. He served as Urology Residency Program Director for 15 years, and has an MBA in Healthcare Business Administration in addition to his Medical Doctorate degree.