Advair is commonly used to treat airway spasms in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), as well as to prevent them in people with asthma. Advair, a combination of two drugs, Flovent and Serevent, is inhaled through the use of a device called a diskus. This inhalation of Advair helps to treat asthma and chronic bronchitis.
Advair diskus is used by patients who require continuous treatment for the control of asthma. Due to the various possible side effects of using Advair, a proper prescription from your doctor is required as a precautionary measure. The use of the Advair diskus is not advisable for treating acute incidents of asthma. An overdose of the medicine calls for immediate medical attention.
How is Advair diskus taken?
Carefully read the patient information packet that comes with this medicine. Be sure that you know how to use the inhaler device before taking it. Rinse your mouth out after inhaling this medicine. Do not use this medicine with a spacer device. Never breathe out into the medicine provider (Diskus). Do not try to take the medicine provider apart. Always use this medicine in a level, horizontal position. Never wash the mouthpiece or any other part of the Diskus. Keep it dry and always keep in a dry place. Use this medicine at regular intervals (usually morning and evening, approximately 12 hours apart) or as directed by your health care provider. Throw away this medicine 1 month after removing the foil overwrap or when the dose indicator reads “0”. Contact your health care provider immediately if any of the following occur: Worsening of condition; need to increase the number of inhalations of other asthma medications; pounding in the chest; chest pain; fast heartbeat; tremor; nervousness.
Advair diskus side effects
Common side effects include: Upper respiratory tract infection; throat irritation or swelling; sinus inflammation; hoarseness; bronchitis; cough; headache; nausea; vomiting; stomach pain or discomfort; diarrhea; muscle pain.
Sever side effects include: Allergic reaction (giant hives, rash, breathing difficulties); change in heart rhythm; growth suppression in children; worsening of asthma; swelling of the throat; choking; cataracts; pounding in the chest; glaucoma; increased inner eye pressure.
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