Advair Diskus (Fluticasone Propion-Salmeterol) is a medication used to control and prevent symptoms such as wheezing and shortness of breath that are brought on by asthma or ongoing lung disease including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This asthma inhaler is a combination of two drugs: fluticasone (corticosteroid) and salmeterol (long-acting beta-agonist). The fluticasone reduces the irritation and swelling of one’s airways whereas the salmeterol opens up the airways. The combination of both these drugs significantly lowers the serious risks of using a long-acting beta-agonist, such as salmeterol, alone. Both of these medicines work together to make breathing easier, as it should be. Having breathing problems leads to decreased time from work, school, and enjoyment of daily life. Advair Diskus is to be used regularly as an asthma treatment. It should not be used as a quick-relief inhaler in situations of emergency such as an asthma attack.
We carry both brand and generic Advair. Both are currently available from our Canadian Pharmacy at discounted prices.
Always use Advair Diskus as directed by one’s physician. Read and understand the Patient Information leaflet before using this medication each time. To use the inhaler properly, follow the illustrated instructions. Depending on which brand you are using, the inhaler should either be level (flat) or in a vertical position. Once you have it in its correct position, inhale the medication orally, usually twice daily, or as otherwise specified by your doctor. You may or may not taste or feel the drug after inhaling (either or which is perfectly fine). It’s important that you do not exhale back into the inhaler. Close the inhaler after every use. Gargle and rinse your mouth with water after each dose to prevent bad taste in mouth and/or infection. Wait at least 1 minute between using other inhalers and ensure you use this one last. Also, if you have previously been using a quick-relief inhaler on a regular basis, you must stop this and only use it in cases of emergency such as a sudden shortness of breath. If you regularly take another oral corticosteroid you should continue on it unless your doctor specifies otherwise. It is unwise to suddenly stop this corticosteroid as it can worsen your condition as well as cause withdrawal symptoms. Ask your doctor for questions about how to taper off your schedule if needed.
Prior to using Advair Diskus, tell your doctor:
Also, be aware that
If your condition doesn’t improve or worsens, let your physician know immediately.
Common side effects include but are not limited to:
If any of these effects persist or worsen immediately tell your doctor or pharmacist. Tell your doctor immediately if you experience any of these rarer side effects:
Get medical help right away if you experience:
If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to ask your pharmacist or doctor for help. If your condition doesn’t improve or worsens, let your physician know immediately.
Q: Why is Advair Diskus prescribed?
A: Advair Diskus is used as preventative and controlled medicine in those suffering from asthma or lung disease.
Q: Is Advair Diskus a quick-relief inhaler?
A: No, Advair Diskus should not be used in times of emergency such as an asthma attack or severe COPD symptoms as it will NOT work fast enough. Ensure you know when you should be using each of your inhalers.
Q: Should I be aware of any drug interactions with Advair?
A: Yes, you should tell your doctor of all the other medications you take to avoid any negative outcomes. Antifungal medicine and medication that treats HIV and AIDS are two known interactions.
Q: Is there a generic alternative to Advair Diskus?
A: Yes, the generic alternative of Advair Diskus (Fluticasone and Salmeterol) known as Seroflo is available.