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What is Advair Diskus prescribed for?
This medication is used to control and prevent symptoms caused by asthma or ongoing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD is a group of progressive lung diseases that cause obstructed airflow from the lungs. Symptoms consist of: breathing difficulty, cough, mucus production and wheezing. People with COPD are at increased risk of developing heart disease, lung cancer, and a variety of other conditions. It is estimated that about 30 million people in the United States have COPD, and as many as half are unaware that they have it. Medications, supplemental oxygen therapy, and surgery are some forms of treatment and generally improve quality of life.
Advair Diskus generic alternative is also available, which is sold under its active ingredients Fluticasone and Salmeterol. You can buy Advair Diskus (Fluticasone/Salmeterol) at My Drug Center.
How does Advair Diskus work?
The Advair Diskus dosage contains a powder form combination of Fluticasone and Salmeterol to prevent flare-ups or worsening of COPD symptoms. It comes in a special inhaler device that contains measured doses of the medication. Fluticasone is a steroid that prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation. Salmeterol is a bronchodilator, which works by relaxing muscles in the airway to improve breathing.
Before taking your prescribed Fluticasone/Salmeterol dosage, read the label and medication guide or instruction sheet that was provided by your pharmacist. Use the medication exactly as directed. 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 or the Fluticasone/Salmeterol generic 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.
If you miss an Advair Diskus dosage, skip the missed dose and use your next dose at the regular time. Do not use two doses at one time.
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.
Advair Diskus is not a rescue medicine; it does not work fast enough to treat asthma or bronchospasm attacks. 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 your body may not show signs of infection. Washing your hands and practising good hygiene can help prevent the spread of infections or other diseases. Fluticasone can weaken your immune system, making it easier for you to get an infection or worsening an infection you already have or have recently had. Tell your doctor about any illness or infection you have had within the past several weeks.
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.
Advair Diskus 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 Advair Diskus 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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