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What is Advair Diskus?

Advair Diskus is an inhalation powder prescribed to treat asthma. It is also administered to patients with CODP (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Advair Diskus is not used in treatment of severe symptoms of asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases and nevertheless does not substitute the rescue inhaler. Advair Diskus is prescribed only in cases asthma cannot be controlled with an inhaled corticosteroid, also called long-term asthma control medicine. The active ingredient of Advair Diskus is fluticasone-salmeterol. 

Before taking Advair Diskus

Before starting to use Advair Diskus, make sure you consult a doctor. He needs to know if you are hypersensitive to fluticasone, salmeterol or lactose - the inactive ingredient. One may be/ become allergic to one of these ingredients. 
Also, your doctor has to study your medical history and determine if you:

  • Have eye problems such as cataracts, glaucoma;
  • Suffered from such infections as herpes;
  • Have hypertension (high blood pressure);
  • Have liver disorders;
  • Have heart disease;
  • Have diabetes
  • Have thyroid problems;
  • Have a weak immune system and are sensitive to medications;
  • Have other diseases whose interaction with Advair Diskus may cause difficulties in breathing or other serious side effects.
Another important remark is to carefully read the medication guide that comes with this medicine because it may include additional information, previously not discussed with the doctor.

Advair Diskus’ Precautions

When starting to use Advair Diskus, make sure you follow and understand all the treatment’ directions, the number of inhalations per day, all side effects associated with this specific medication and duration of treatment. 
It is contraindicated to use Advair Diskus in the following situations:

  • You are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment; Advair Diskus may harm your unborn baby because the risks cannot be anticipated; always consult your healthcare provider for any questions;
  • You are breastfeeding, it is unknown whether Advair Diskus passes into the milk or not; in order to avoid any complications during the use of Advair Diskus,  inform the doctor and get well informed;
  • You have measles or chickenpox;
  • You need an immediate relief for an acute bronchospasm;
  • Advair Diskus cannot be used for people whose asthma is already controlled on low or medium doses of inhaled corticosteroids;
How to use Advair Diskus?

It is important to be acknowledged about precautions of this medication and to follow the exact directions of usage without changing the doses. Do not stop the treatment suddenly or use it more often than approved by doctor.
The usual dose of Advair Diskus is one inhalation two times a day, normally in the morning and in the evening. It is recommended a pause of 12 hours between inhalations. After using Advair Diskus make sure you rinse your mouth with a glass of water.
Advair Diskus comes in 3 strengths; your doctor has to prescribe the most suitable for your medical condition. It is important to follow doctor’s instructions because if any difficulties in breathing occur after the use of Advair Diskus, doses need to be adjusted. 
If prescribed to children,  adult monitoring is strongly advised during Advair Diskus inhalations.  Follow the exact instructions of the child’s healthcare provider.
While using Advair Diskus two times a day, do not use other medications that contain β2-agonists (LABAs) and tell your doctor about all the other medications you take; their interaction with Advair Diskus may be dangerous and cause serious adverse reactions. 
Do not stop the use of Advair Diskus unless instructed by the doctor, because the symptoms may get worse.
Contact your doctor and seek immediate medical attention if:

  • Have asthma and after 1 week of regular use of Advair Diskus your symptoms do no improve;
  • There is need for an additional rescue inhaler to relieve and treat the sudden symptoms; most of the time patients need a bronchodilator that cannot be used without doctor’s prescription;
  • Use the bronchodilator more often than should;
  • Symptoms get worse while using Advair Diskus.
Possible adverse reactions while using Advair Diskus

Like any other medication, Advair Diskus may cause side effects. Most of the time, these are related to difficulties in breathing. If you experience one of the following side effects with Advair Diskus, seek immediate medical care.
The most common side effects relate to asthma and these are:

  • Headache;
  • Throat irritation;
  • Cough
  • Bronchitis;
  • Upper respiratory tract infection;
  • Voice changes and thrush;
  • Vomiting and nausea;
Less common and more serious side effects include:

  • Sudden breathing problems that occur immediately after the use of Advair Diskus with effects on heart (chest pain, high blood pressure or irregular heartbeats) and with effects on nervous system (nervousness, tremor);
  • Eye problems such as cataracts and glaucoma. It is recommended during treatment with Advair Diskus to perform regular eye exams;
  • Weakened immune system;
  • Reduced adrenal function that may manifest in  loss of energy;
  • Pneumonia; Advair Diskus increases the chances of getting pneumonia; the symptoms are: fever, chills, persistent and acute cough, difficulties in breathing;
  • Serious allergic reactions- rash, swelling of the face, tongue and mouth;
  • Lower bone mineral density (for patients who have osteoporosis);
  • Changes in blood cells; it is important to perform regular blood tests before and during treatment to see whether the level of potassium, sugar or white cells is normal;
  • Slowed growth at children.
If you miss a dose of Advair Diskus

If you miss a dose of Advair Diskus take it as soon as you remember, but try to follow the 12 hours pause between inhalations. It is not recommended to take a double dose to make up for the skipped one.

How to store Advair Diskus?

Like all the medicines it is recommended to store Advair Diskus at room temperature between 68 to 77 degrees F (20-25 degrees C). Store it in a dry, clean place, away from heat, direct sunlight and moisture.
Also, try to keep out of reach of children and pets.
Safely discard Advair Diskus according to doctor’s or pharmacist’s instructions.

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I have had problems with asthma since I was little. Sincerely it was very difficult to me to find the right drug. More than 20 year ago I found out for the first time Advair and since that time I never replaced it with something else. I never had some bad side effects; generally it was some headaches or nausea. I know that this was due to the fact that sometimes I was raising the dosage. After just some months of the startup I noticed de difference in my breathing and after some years my advair sometimes could go to 0 without knowing this and I felt myself normally like nothing happened. Ok, there were those days when I felt some heaviness so those made me understand that this was due to the fact that my advair was at 0. I can’t say that it’s easy to get used of this drug. I administrate it for more than 20 years and I know that it’s like lifebuoy for me and that I’ll never replace it with something else but doesn’t mean that I got used or that I can’t live without this drug. It’s just the fact that it save my life and help me to feel better.
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I use this inhaler for approximately 3 or 4 years and I have absolutely no complaints. It is very easy to use, whoever have used it can tell you themselves. Lasts exactly as they wrote it lasts (comparing to others I have been on). The doctor prescribed me to take 2 doses a day but after about half a year or so I have discovered myself that I need only 1 dose for this stuff to work perfectly. When I have told my doctor about he was ok with it and since then I continue taking only one dose per day and I’m completely fine with it. I am able to save money in this way. Moreover, it lasts longer than other drugs I have been on. I have absolutely zero side effects from it. another thing that I like is that it has almost no taste (again, comparing to other drugs). When I use it I can barely tell you that something is going into my mouth. I am sure that those who have used it can tell you the same thing. Well, overall, it is an awesome drug that makes me feel great and out of the emergency room.
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I’m a 29 years old female and I am taking this drug since september 2012. If some of you would have been asked me 2 months ago if this is a good inhaler I would tell you yes. But now I have something else to tell you. After so much time of using this medication I finally realized that it was the real cause of a lot of my problems. I never thought that this inhaler has something to do with them and I was always blaming other things for all those problems I was suffering from. When I finally decided to search a little bit more about this inhaler and I found some real reviews about it, I decided to make a change. While I was using it, I was having nausea, frequent colds (each month), chronic sinusitis, severe and frequent headaches and it made me unable to think clearly. i was feeling like in a dream or something. After about one week after I stopped using this inhaler these symptoms started to disappear. Exactly as those reviewers helped me, I want to help you and that’s why I recommend everyone to stop using this inhaler in case some of you are experiencing at least any of the symptoms mentioned above. You should really search for a new asthma inhaler. If you have the symptoms mentioned above know that the real cause of them is advair and not other things. I really wish that I would have known sooner about these side effects. Hope this helps somebody..
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I have taken Advair for my asthma problem and I won’t recommend it to anybody! Maybe it works for somebody and for others don’t, so being, but for me it only provided me with severe side effects and I won’t take it anymore whatsoever. I’m using now Flovent HFA and that is a real helper in order to combat asthma related problems. Whoever has asthma I recommend trying Flovent HFA and not this drug. My side effects were weight gain and general malaise and I wouldn’t say that it was such a bad drag if I didn’t had respiratory tract infection. I thought that I’m gonna die because of that infection and I was very scared those times. This terrible side effect is enough not giving this medicine a second chance. It is very expensive and it gives you even more problems than you have. Why would somebody spend their money on such a product? I was taking Advair 250/50 twice a day and I was on it for about 2 weeks and thanks god I didn’t take it any longer. Too bad I wasn’t warned about the side effects. Only later after I discontinued taking this drug, I’ve did some research and I found out that people even had problems with blood pressure as a result of taking Advair. Doctors should warn patients and there should be a list clearly describing side effects but… Whoever wants can risk but I would not do it.
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Honestly, I don't know about others drugs because I have never took another one, but this one is purely perfect for me. I have had a very hard time with my asthma because walking up a few stairs seemed impossible for me. I even had bad times walking (but I really love simple walking), and I guess there’s no need to say that it was extremely difficult for me to exercise. In the past, I once was on Advair and it was as perfect as now but I was off it for some years due to low finances and no insurance. Just recently I got back on it and it works perfect as always! I have no side effects and no problems at all with this medicine! Moreover, I had bad pains from asthma and it was hurting badly and that is why I was dependent on albuterol. Since I got back on my Advair, I’m using albuterol maybe only once a week compared to at least 3 times per day before being on Advair. my dependency on my albuterol inhaler dropped from 2-3 times a day to maybe once a week. Because I restarted to use it only not so long ago, its effects are not fully revealed but I can already feel much improvement!
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4 years of struggling with asthma without any helpful medicine is like living in the hell. In the last 5 years I have visited as much doctor as I never visited in my whole life until I’ve got diagnosed with this disease! Only the last year one doctor mentioned Advair that should help for asthma. Bought only one inhaler because I thought that this one is going to be as bad as others were. Some of them were totally useless, from others that actually worked I had so severe side effects that using them further was impossible. In the beginning I thought that this is going to be another failure test. After I’ve completely used that inhaler and I’ve noticed that it works so well and I have no side effects from it I decided to stay on it every day. Actually it worked soooo good that one year I never had a problem with breathing. I never felt any side effects and in general I was feeling perfect, I was feeling so good that I already forgot that I’m suffering from asthma. I mean that for the last 2 months of using it I thought that it is useless. In the end I wanted to see if there really was any differences so I stopped using it. Honestly, I didn’t expected that, I could barely breathe! I immediately restarted to use it and I realized that I should never stop taking it. I’m feeling miserable without it and I’m feeling perfectly fine when I take Advair so decide it by yourself if it’s a good medicine or no.
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Advair saved me a lot of time searching other useless medicines and a lot of money. I take it for 2 and half years and I don’t need anything else for my asthma. I’m very pleased with its effects and I can recommend it to everyone. I recommended it to my co-worker who is also suffering from asthma and Advair works very good for him too. No side effects.
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I am suffering from severe asthma for as long as I can remember in all my 42 years of life. To combat its effects I was using the well known albuterol for not less than 6-8 times a day and even more. For many and many years I could not leave my house without this inhaler, it was a part of me. When I was young and my asthma got worse I was searching for a medicine, but back then no one could help me and doctors could prescribe me only albuterol. For about 5 years now I’m taking Advair and I’m still very thankful to that doctor who told me about it. It took less than few months since my albuterol was useless and I completely stopped taking it. It feels like I’m living a new life now compared to my previous life of taking albuterol all day long. At first when I started using Advair, doctor told me to take Advair 500 (250 for 2 times per day) but with time I began to take less and less as I was breathing normally. Until now, I am taking only Advair 100 that means 1 time per day. In all these 5 years I take this drug, I have never noticed any side effects, moreover its positive effects doesn’t seem to lower at all, in fact it’s vice versa – it’s getting only better since with time I take less of it. I never thought that there exists a medicine that can work so good for asthmatics. Advair is a life savior for me and I’m thankful to its developers! Medicine has really evolved in the last few years and I’m happy to say that I can feel it! I definitely recommend this drug to whoever is suffering from asthma as I did!
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