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What is Advair Used For?

What is Advair Used For?

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Breathing in and out is something the average human does between 700 and 750 times every hour of every day. Most of us don’t really give much thought to being able to do it, but when you’re an asthma sufferer you definitely learn to appreciate the ability to inhale and exhale without difficulty.

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The inhaler has long been an asthmatic’s best friend, but those are ‘rescue’ devices designed to counter an asthma attack after it has occurred. Prevention is a better aim for people with Asthma, and Advair generic is a good choice for anyone who finds the branded Advair inhaler to be a little pricey.

Advair is a very effective way to prevent asthma attacks before they occur, so here we’ll discuss the Advair diskus and how to use it plus a few general guidelines for using this medication safely and effectively.

Advair is a GlaxoSmithKline pharmaceutical product that prevents Asthma attacks and can also be used for the long-term treatment of COPD – chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It’s made up of a combination of fluticasone propionate (corticosteroid) and salmeterol xinafoate (beta2 bronchodilator). An Advair generic diskus inhaler will be similarly effective as a branded one when taken daily to prevent asthma attacks or lessen the severity of them. Consistent daily administering is key to the effectiveness of this medication, as an Advair inhaler is not designed to be a ‘rescue’ medic for asthma or bronchospasm attacks.

Recommended treatment regimen with Advair Diskus is one inhalation twice daily, in the morning and evening and 12 hours apart. It takes effect within 30 minutes to 1 hour, and Advair can last more than 12 hours for some people. Note as well that Advair 250/50 is the only strength suitable for the treatment of COPD, and that Advair is a prescription medication.

Nature of Asthma Attacks

The physiology of an asthma attack is as follows; Asthma sufferers have their bronchioles narrowed by spasms of the muscles surrounding the airway, accumulation of mucus within it, or swelling of the airway lining due to inflammation. An Advair generic diskus delivers the steroid fluticasone to reduce inflammation, while the bronchodilator (salmeterol) opens the airway.

Advair is often comparted to Symbicort, but there is a very fundamental difference between the two that relates to the patient’s respiratory abilities. With Advair, users must have the ability to inhale the powdered medication into their lungs. If that is difficult, Symbicort may be a better choice because it uses a propellant to force the medication powder into the patient’s lungs.

The most common dosage (250/50) of Advair is more inexpensive (approx. $260 to $300 per month) than the most common dosage (160/4.5, 120 doses) of Symbicort (approx. $275 to $445 per month).

Advair Diskus How to Use Tips

An Advair generic diskus is just as easy to use as its branded counterpart. Operation of them is very simple, so we’ll skip the basics of that and move to sharing some more specific information. The Advair inhaler has a convenient doses-remaining display feature on it. It’s a small window over the thumb grip that indicates how many doses you have left in your diskus. If it’s between 0-5 it will show in red to make you aware of the fact you’re nearly out of doses.

It is quite common for people new to using Advair to wonder if their diskus contains medicine because they don’t taste or smell anything when they take their dose. They may assume that they have a ‘dud’ unit. This is not the case, because the powder mix is tasteless. It is very important to not take a second dose to see if it is any different. Never double up your dose of Advair for any reason. Use the lowest effective strength and never exceed maximum dose of 500/50 mcg twice daily.

The last tip here is to gargle water as part of cleaning your mouth after taking Advair – this is because Advair can cause an imbalance of the organisms found in your mouth that may promote a fungus infection called Thrush. Do not swallow, gargle and then expel the water from your mouth.

Advair Precautions and Guidelines

After receiving Advair generic medication, you must ensure that all doses are used within one month of the package being opened. Do not take Advair if you have a severe allergy to milk proteins, and keep in mind that fluticasone can weaken your immune system. Patients should also be very wary of exposure to chickenpox or measles, as these conditions can be fatal for people taking fluticasone.

Another important guideline is to use any Advair inhaler while using a 2nd bronchodilator at the same time. Be aware of potential side effects from using Advair as well, including:

  • Throat irritation
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
  • Headache, dizziness, muscle pain, bone pain, back pain
  • Sneezing, sore throat, or other cold symptoms
  • Hoarseness or loss of voice
  • Changes in taste

There is also the potential for negative drug interactions between Advair and these other pharmaceutical medications:

  • Ritonavir
  • Ketoconazole
  • Monoamine oxidase inhibitors
  • Tricyclic antidepressants
  • Non-potassium sparing diuretics
  • Other LABA (long-acting beta agonist) drugs – formoterol, arformoterol

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IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.