Advair Diskus
DESCRIPTION

This drug is used to both prevent and control symptoms that occur as a result of asthma. This drug contains two different medicines – Fluticasone and Salmeterol.

How it works

Fluticasone comes under class of drugs known as corticosteroids. These medications prevent asthma by minimizing the swelling, inflammation and irritation that occurs in the airways. Salmeterol belongs to a group of medications known as long-acting beta agonists. The medications work by opening the airway in the lungs. This way, you will be able to breathe more easily.

Uses

Advair Diskus is mainly used as a treatment medication for asthma. It both prevents and controls the symptoms of the condition effectively. It can also be used to treat breathing difficulties caused by an ongoing lung disease.

Dosage

Advair Diskus is available in the form of an inhaler. When consuming this medication, place the inhaler in your mouth and away from your eyes. Use this device on a flat position. It is important for you to learn the right way to use this medication since it will be ineffective when used in the incorrect manner. This medication is usually taken twice a day, preferably in the morning and evening. Make sure that the two doses are at least 12 hours apart. Sometimes, you may not feel the drug when you inhale. Do know that this is completely normal.

Do not take the inhaler away or wash-down the mouthpiece separately. Once you are done using the inhaler, make sure to close the device properly. Once you are done using the inhaler, you can gargle and rinse your mouth. This way, you will be able to prevent possible irritation.

Side effects

Look out for the following side effects when you begin to use this inhaler on a regular basis.

Hoarseness
Throat irritation
Headache
Stomach upset
Increased blood pressure

It is also possible for you to experience slightly more complicated side effects such as:

Trouble sleeping
Vision problems
Increased thirst
Increased urination
Muscle cramps
Mood changes
White patches on tongue
Nervousness

If you do experience any of the above, do not hesitate to contact a healthcare provider as soon as possible.

Precautions

If you wish to remain unharmed during the treatment period, make sure to adhere to the following precautionary methods.

If you are allergic to any of the inactive ingredients in the medication, inform your physician well ahead.
Brief your physician about your past and present health problems.
Do not take this medication for longer than recommended.
This medication can mask signs of infections. So, consult a doctor if you are exposed to an infectious environment.
This medication can slow a child’s growth. So, measure the doses very carefully when giving this medication to children.
Do not skip or miss your doses.

Self-care

It is safe for you to continue the treatment even during the period of pregnancy. However, this inhaler must only be used during critical moments. Do not overuse this medication when you are pregnant.

Even though it is not known whether this medication can be passed on through breast milk, it is best to avoid nursing during this time period.

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