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Advair Diskus is most commonly prescribed to treat symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Advair Diskus contains both Fluticasone and Salmeterol which are available generically. Fluticasone and Salmeterol help open and reduce swelling of the airways to help you breathe better. This medication is usually prescribed when COPD symptoms are not controlled with one inhaler.
Before taking your prescribed medication read all the instructions that was provided by your pharmacist so that you can use the inhaler to administer the medication. This medication should be used twice a day in the morning and evening.
Rinse and gargle with water to help prevent infections in the mouth after using the inhaler. Never swallow the rinse water. If you have multiple inhalers allow at least a minute between medications taking care to rinse in between.
Make sure you take Advair Diskus at the same time each day to create a routine for yourself and to ensure an even spread of medication in your system. Advair Diskus should be taken on a regular basis to have optimal results. Do not change or increase your dose. You should continue taking this medication even if you feel well.
This medication may contain medical and non medical ingredients that could cause an allergic reaction. Consult with your doctor about any known allergies before taking Advair Diskus. Speak with your doctor about any known medical conditions relating to high blood pressure, bone loss, heart diease, overactive thyroid, diabetes, eye problems, seizures, liver disease. Tell your doctor about any current medications or supplementation to avoid interactions with Advair Diskus.
This medication is not intended to provide immediate for an asthma attack. Speak with your doctor to know which inhalers are best suited for a sudden attack.
Never attempt to take apart the Advair Diskus in order to clean it. Keep the device closed when not being used.
While taking Advair Diskus you body may not show signs of infection. Washing your hands and practising good hygiene can help prevent the spread of infections or other diseases. Avoid coming into contact with transmittable infections like the flu, measles or chickenpox.
You may experience irregular heart rhythm (QT prolongation) while taking Advair Diskus. Risk of QT prolongation is increased with salt deficiencies, and use of diuretics can also increase this risk.
Side effects are: upper respiratory tract infections, headaches, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, stomach upset, diarrhea, yeast infections of the mouth or throat (oral thrush), sore throat, dry mouth/nose/throat, stuffy nose, sinus pain, cough, sore throat, hoarseness or deepened voice, and musculoskeletal pain.
If any side effects become unmanageable speak with your doctor or pharmacist for help in managing the side effects. For any serious side effects speak with your doctor right away for further treatment options.
Q: What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
A: There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before you stop taking this medication.
Q: What is the best dosage to take?
A: The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment.
Q: How long does it take for this medication to become active?
A: It can take upwards to a week before the maximum effect is reached for this medication. Advair Diskus is not intended to relieve sudden attacks, and another inhaler should be used as a back for asthma attacks.
Q: What happens if I miss a dose?
A: You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.
Q: What is the best way to store this medication?
A: This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in wastewater. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.
Q: Is this medication safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding?
A: Speak with your doctor about the risk associated with using this drug while pregnant. It is uncertain if this drug can pass into the breast milk of nursing mother. Consult your doctor to understand the risk in using this medication while breastfeeding.
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