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What is ADVAIR DISKUS ?

ADVAIR DISKUS is a combination product containing a corticosteroid and a long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonist. ADVAIR DISKUS combines an inhaled corticosteroid medicine, fluticasone propionate (the same medicine found in FLOVENT®), and a LABA medicine, salmeterol (the same medicine found in SEREVENT®).

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What are the uses of this medicine?

This medicine can be used for: • Maintenance treatment of asthma in patients 4 years of age and older. • Maintenance treatment of airflow obstruction and reducing exacerbations in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Who Should Not Use ADVAIR DISKUS ?

  • Not indicated for patients whose asthma can be managed by inhaled corticosteroids with occasional use of inhaled short-acting beta2-agonists.
  • Not indicated for the relief of acute bronchospasm.


How should this medicine be used?

  • ADVAIR DISKUS should be administered twice daily every day by the orally inhaled route only.
  • After inhalation, the patient should rinse the mouth with water without swallowing .
  • More frequent administration or a higher number of inhalations (more than 1 inhalation twice daily) of the prescribed strength of ADVAIR DISKUS is not recommended as some patients are more likely to experience adverse effects with higher doses of salmeterol.
  • Patients using ADVAIR DISKUS should not use additional LABAs for any reason.

What are the forms and brand name of this medicine?

DISKUS® device containing a combination of fluticasone propionate (100,250, or 500 mcg) and salmeterol (50 mcg) as an oral inhalation powder. This medicine is available under brand namesː

  • Advair® Diskus
  • Advair® HFA
  • AirDuo® Respiclick

What side effects can this medication cause?

Common side effects of ADVAIR DISKUS include:

Asthma:

  • upper respiratory tract infection
  • throat irritation
  • hoarseness and voice changes
  • thrush in the mouth and throat
  • bronchitis
  • cough
  • headache
  • nausea and vomiting
  • In children with asthma, infections in the ear, nose, and throat are common.

COPD:

  • thrush in the mouth and throat
  • throat irritation
  • hoarseness and voice changes
  • viral respiratory infections
  • headache
  • muscle and bone pain

What are contraindication of this medicine?

The use of ADVAIR DISKUS is contraindicated in the following conditions:

  • Primary treatment of status asthmaticus or other acute episodes of asthma or COPD where intensive measures are required
  • Severe hypersensitivity to milk proteins


What to do in case of emergency/overdose?

  • No human overdosage data has been reported for ADVAIR DISKUS.

Can this medicine used in pregnency?

  • ADVAIR DISKUS should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus.
  • There are no adequate and well-controlled studies with ADVAIR DISKUS in pregnant women.
  • Teratogenic Effects: Pregnancy Category C.


Can this medicine is used for Pediatrics?

  • Use of ADVAIR DISKUS 100/50 in patients aged 4 to 11 years is supported by extrapolation of efficacy data from older patients and by safety and efficacy data from a study of ADVAIR DISKUS 100/50 in children with asthma aged 4 to 11 years.
  • The safety and effectiveness of ADVAIR DISKUS in children with asthma less than 4 years of age have not been established.

What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?

  • Store ADVAIR DISKUS at room temperature between 68° to 77° F (20° to 25° C). Keep in a dry place away from heat and sunlight.
  • Safely discard ADVAIR DISKUS 1 month after you remove it from the foil pouch, or after the dose indicator reads “0”, whichever comes first.
  • Keep ADVAIR DISKUS and all medicines out of the reach of children.

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