|Advair Inhaler||fluticasone salmeterol||Brand||New Zealand||50mcg||1 PAK||RX||$90.00||Add|
|Advair Inhaler||fluticasone salmeterol||Brand||New Zealand||125mcg||1 PAK||RX||$107.00||Add|
|Advair Inhaler||fluticasone salmeterol||Brand||New Zealand||250mcg||1 PAK||RX||$130.00||Add|
|Advair Inhaler/Seretide Evohaler||fluticasone/salmeterol||Brand||United Kingdom||50/25mcg||1 Inhaler||DR||$64.30||Add|
|Advair Inhaler/Seretide Evohaler||fluticasone/salmeterol||Brand||United Kingdom||125/25mcg||1 Inhaler||DR||$125.75||Add|
|Advair Inhaler/Seretide Evohaler||fluticasone/salmeterol||Brand||United Kingdom||250/25mcg||1 Inhaler||DR||$200.06||Add|
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Advair Inhaler (fluticasone, salmeterol) is used to help manage symptoms of asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In both cases the medication should reduce the frequency of attacks and, when they do happen, they should be less severe.
Advair Inhaler is a maintenance inhaler, meaning it should be taken every day regardless of the presence or absence of symptoms; little benefit is to be had if used only sporadically. It is not a rescue inhaler; a fast-acting rescue treatment, such as albuterol, should always be kept on hand for emergencies.
Inhaler versus Diskus
Note that this product is the inhaler; it is distinct from the Advair Diskus. While both contain the same active ingredients, there are some important differences:
Both the inhaler and diskus are available in a range of strengths; double-check the prescribed strength is chosen before purchasing.
Advair Inhaler and Diskus both contain two active ingredients:
Used together---and used as directed---these two ingredients can make a tremendous positive difference for patients. However, the use of Salmeterol---like all LABAs---is a little controversial.
Research suggests that individuals who take a LABA are at increased risk of asthma-related death, as the medication can cause increased bronchial sensitivity and inflammation with very little warning. While some studies suggest this risk is eliminated when a LABA is taken with a corticosteroid like fluticasone, others suggest the risk is not mitigated at all.
Risk of death from asthma or COPD is already very small, and the increased risk of LABA use is likewise very small. Patients with very severe asthma or COPD may want to use caution, and take care to avoid using other LABAs without explicit doctor approval. Patients also may want to avoid using LABAs without a corticosteroid.
Other than salmeterol, other common LABAs are formoterol and bambuterol. Albuterol is a short-acting beta2-adrenergic receptor agonist, not long-acting, and so is not a LABA.
Using Advair Inhaler
Advair Inhaler comes in a metered-dose inhaler, which can be used with or without a spacer. The inhaler should be shaken before each use, and should be primed before first use. To prime, simply actuate the inhaler 4 times before first use.
Use is easy; patients age 12 and up should:
Patients should not use more than 4 total daily inhalations. If the medication is not providing sufficient benefit, increasing dosage will be far more beneficial than increasing number of inhalations.
Some patients notice improvements after the first dose, but most will need to wait around one week before significant improvement is seen.
A doctor may advise some patients with mild asthma or COPD to use just 1 inhalation twice per day; this is relatively normal.
Inhalers should not be exposed to extreme heat or cold; this can interfere with its effectiveness. Exposure to extreme heat may cause the canister to explode.