Advair Inhaler (Fluticasone/Salmeterol)
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Chemical Name FLUTICASONE (flew-TICK-uh-sone) and SALMETEROL (sal-MET-er-all)
ADVAIR helps patients breathe better. It consists of a combination of two medications (fluticasone and salmeterol) that are used to help control the symptoms of asthma and improve lung function. Fluticasone is an inhaled corticosteroid that decreases inflammation in the lungs, which can lead to asthma symptoms. Salmeterol is a long-acting beta2-agonist (LABA) used in patients with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
It treats both main causes of asthma symptoms-airway constriction and inflammation-to help prevent symptoms before they start. Results may vary, depending on the patient. Please note that ADVAIR is used to prevent asthma attacks and will not relieve an asthma attack that has already started.
Use ADVAIR as directed by your medical professional. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe each patient a different regimen. Follow the label on the medication for exact dosing instructions. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval. ADVAIR is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
Store at room temperature in a dry place, away from heat and sunlight.
SIDE EFFECTS that may occur while taking this medicatDo not use if you are allergic to any ingredients in ADVAIR, especially fluticasone and/or salmeterol. Medical professionals advise patients to refrain from utilizing ADVAIR if they are allergic to milk proteins, if they are having an asthma attack or have severe symptoms of COPD.
To ensure your safety, please inform your medical professional if you have any of the conditions listed:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- taking any prescription, nonprescription, herbal medication or dietary supplement
- food or drug allergies
- heart disease or high blood pressure
- epilepsy or any seizure disorder
- infection (fungal, bacterial, or parasitic infection; a viral infection)
- weak immune system
- a thyroid disorder
- liver disease
As with most medications, ADVAIR can cause side effects. Consult your medical professional if any of these common side effects persist:
- mild muscle or bone pain
- nausea and/or vomiting
- throat irritation and/or swelling
- Severe allergic reactions (rash, hives, itching, difficulty breathing, swelling of the mouth, face, lips or tongue)
- behavior changes and/or severe mood swings
- blurred vision or other vision changes
- burning, numbness, or tingling
- tightness in the chest
- fast or irregular heartbeat
- severe muscle weakness, cramps, or spasms
- persistent bone pain
- symptoms of high blood sugar (increased thirst, urination, or hunger)
- tiredness or weakness
- vaginal odor or discharge
- weight gain
- worsening of asthma or COPD symptoms
Product Code: 9310
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