Advair Diskus Fluticasone Propionate/Salmeterol Xinafoate and/or alternatives
Advair Diskus is a drug used in the treatment and the prevention of asthma attacks and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD. It has two active ingredients present in it- fluticasone (steroid) and salmeterol (bronchodilator). Fluticasone helps prevent the release of inflammation causing substances in the body, while salmeterol soothes the airways to improve breathing. The generic name of Advair Diskus is fluticasone and salmeterol.
Indications & Dosage of Advair Diskus
Advair Diskus is indicated for treating asthma attacks and also to prevent chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It can be indicated for other uses as well.
Advair Diskus is available in three different strengths- Advair Diskus 100/50mg, Advair Diskus 250/50mg and Advair Diskus 500/50mg. The strength is stated as fluticasone/salmeterol.
Advair Diskus should be administered keeping the doctor’s prescription in mind. Excessive use of the drug may be fatal, since an overdose of salmeterol can result in asthma related death. The drug should not be used to treat an already triggered asthma attack. This will only complicate the problem. Dosage patterns should not be abruptly changed without proper consultation with a doctor. If the drug does not seem to be doing its job, it may be a sign of an impending asthma attack of a serious nature. In such a case, a doctor must be immediately consulted. Finally, Advair Diskus should be stored away from heat and moisture and at room temperature.
Side effects & Interactions of Advair Diskus
There are several side effects one may experience after using Advair Diskus. One should buy Advair Diskus only if he/she is aware of the various side effects. Some side effects are less dangerous and wear off in time. Some of these side effects are as follows:
- Sinus pain, stuffy or runny nose, sore throat;
- Nausea and vomiting;
- Hoarseness of the voice;
- Headaches and dizziness
Some other side effects may also be experienced by the user. These side effects are severe in nature and it is best to call for medical attention as soon as they are experienced. Some of these side effects are:
- Breathing difficulties, often accompanied by chest tightness;
- Severe chest pain;
- Cough with yellow or green mucus;
- Vision difficulties;
- Worsened asthma
Drug interactions are possible if Advair Diskus is used along with substances like diuretics, amiodarone, HIV medications like ritonavir, antidepressants like desipramine, beta-blockers, antifungal medications, antibiotics, and MAO inhibitors. A visit to the doctor is necessary to determine the safety of using Advair Diskus with other substances, including prescription and/or non-prescription drugs.
Warnings & Precautions of Advair Diskus
Before deciding to buy Advair Diskus, one should know that people allergic to the substances present in the drug should not use it. People with severe COPD are also advised to stay away from the drug. People with medical conditions like liver problems, blood pressure problems, any infection, diabetes, tuberculosis, etc. should consult a doctor before using Advair Diskus. Pregnant and/or breastfeeding women should do the same to prevent any kind of mishap.
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