The drug Advair Diskus contain Salmeterol and Fluticasone as active substances (as well as his "brother" Advair HFA). If you are allergic to these drugs, as well as to milk proteins, so never use Advair Diskus. This drug will not help you to cure the bronchospasm and asthma completely. It is used to relieve the disease symptoms.
When taking fluticasone, your immune system may become weaker and the drug can cause the infections or illnesses, which you ever have had.
Tell your doctor if you had the following diseases: heart disease, food or drug allergy, diabetes, tuberculosis, epileptic seizures, cataract and glaucoma, osteoporosis, thyroid problems, liver problems, and any infections.
The continuous taking of steroids can give rise to the development of osteoporosis.
The Advair Diskus influence on an unborn child has not been studied. If you are planning a pregnancy or you are pregnant, or if you have a period of lactation, you should tell your doctor about it.
This drug is not recommended to the patients under the age of 4.
Over The Counter Advair Diskus
Advair Diskus is not available over-the-counter. You cannot by it at your local CVS or Walgreens. The option is to order it online. Online pharmacies sell Generic Advair Diskus. It is cheaper than the brand preparation and also you don't heed prescription to buy it online.
Always follow the doctor's prescriptions. Do not take the dosage that is higher or lower than the doctor prescribed. Overdosing can lead to serious consequences. The medication works some time later after the using, so you shouldn’t expect a very fast drug action, if you have an asthma attack.
Advair Diskus is available in the form of powder, supplied with an inhaler, which contains doses of the drug. Every time you use an inhaler, you need to open the device and load the dose of the drug. Before the inhalation shake your inhaler for 5 seconds. The dosage of the drug may vary according to the doctor’s prescription. Only your doctor can change the dose. Always follow the doctor's advice.
If when taking the drug breathing problems do not improve or get worse, then immediately seek medical help. If you notice that the numbers on the flow-meter are lower than usually, call your doctor and follow his recommendations.
The medication should be stored in a dry, dark, not warm place at room temperature away from children. If the dose indicator is at zero, or if you use the inhaler for a month, then throw it away.
Seek immediate medical help if after using the drug you observe allergic reactions in the form of swelling of the face and throat, breathing problems and rashes.
Consult your doctor if you have any of the following symptoms: heartbeat disorder, chest pain, tremor, anxiety; severe headache, bloody nose; white patches in the throat, difficult swallowing; eyesight problems, pain in the eyes; severe thirst, dry mouth, drowsiness, severe hunger, which are caused by increased blood sugar level; symptoms of hormonal disorder, such as severe fatigue, muscles weakness, nausea, vomiting; breath shortness and other breathing problems; low potassium, muscle weakness in the legs, increased urination.
Advair Diskus can affect the normal growth of children.
Other general side effects may include: nausea, irritation in the throat, headache, muscle pain, cold symptoms, prolonged cough and hoarseness.
The list above is not complete, so consult your doctor about the side effects that the drug may cause.
It is not recommended to use several drugs at the same time. If you take the following medications when using Advair Diskus, you should discuss it with your doctor, as they may affect Advair Diskus: blood or heart pressure drugs, antidepressants, the drug ketoconazole, diuretic drugs. The list is not complete, so, anyway, you should consult a doctor.
Symbicort vs Advair
The drugs Symbicort and Advair are used to treat the symptoms of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder) and asthma.
Although these two medications have some similar properties, their active components are different.