Advair diskus

1 What is Advair Diskus?

Brand: Advair Diskus, Advair Hfa

Generic: Fluticasone Propionate + Salmeterol Xinafoate

Advair diskus is a medication used for the long-term maintenance treatment of asthma. It is to be used twice daily to prevent asthma attacks. It is also used to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Advair diskus contains salmeterol which is a long-acting Beta2-adrenergic agonist and fluticasone propionate, a corticosteroid.

This medication is being supplied as a disposable purple device containing 60 blisters. It has an inhalation device which is packaged within a purple, plastic-coated, moisture-protective foil pouch.

Advair diskus is available in three different formulations containing 60 blisters each:

  • Advair diskus 100/50 containing 100 mcg of fluticasone propionate and 50 mcg salmeterol xinafoate
  • Advair diskus 250/50 containing 250 mcg of fluticasone propionate and 50 mcg salmeterol xinafoate and
  • Advair diskus 500/50 containing 500 mcg of fluticasone propionate and 50 mcg salmeterol xinafoate

Instructions

You should read the product information leaflet carefully before using this medication. If you have any questions, ask your health care provider.

You should use this device while in a level, flat position.

  • Start by inhaling this drug by mouth as instructed by your doctor.┬áThe usual dose is twice daily, in the morning and in the evening, 12 hours apart.
  • Avoid exhaling into the device.
  • Close the device after each use.
  • After using, gargle and rinse your mouth with water. Do not swallow the water used for rinsing your mouth.

Avoid taking the inhaler apart. Do not wash the mouthpiece or any part of the device.

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. Continue to use it as prescribed by your doctor or as stated on the package label.

Interactions

Advair diskus may interact with some drugs such as the following:

  • Aldesleukin
  • Certain beta blockers such as propranolol
  • Azole antifungals such as ketoconazole
  • Macrolide antibiotics such as clarithromycin
  • HIV protease inhibitors such as ritonavir
  • Nefazodone
  • Telithromycin

Side Effects

There are no side effects known aside from a possible allergic reaction in people who have previous or unknown hypersensitivity to the drug.

Watch out for signs of allergic reactions such as:

  • Rash
  • Itching
  • Swelling

Warnings

Before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any of the following conditions:

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