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   Salmeterol/fluticasone

Salmeterol/fluticasone
(inhalation) (disk, Aerosol Powder)


Prevents the symptoms of asthma or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease that is caused by chronic bronchitis). This medicine is a combination of a steroid and a bronchodilator.

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Advair Diskus 250/50, Advair Diskus 100/50, Advair Diskus 500/50, Advair Diskus
 
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Salmeterol/fluticasone
Advair Diskus 250/50, Advair Diskus 100/50, Advair Diskus 500/50, Advair Diskus
Uses
Prevents the symptoms of asthma or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease that is caused by chronic bronchitis). This medicine is a combination of a steroid and a bronchodilator.

Storage
  • Keep the medicine in the foil pouch until you are ready to use it.
  • Store at room temperature, away from heat and direct light.
  • Do not freeze. Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of the used medicine container and any leftover medicine.
  • You will also need to throw away old medicine after the expiration date has passed. Keep all medicine away from children and never share your medicine with anyone.


How To Use
  • APPEARANCE: Disk, Powder Under Pressure. Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often.
  • Your dose may need to be changed several times in order to find out what works best for you.
  • Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
  • Using too much medicine can cause serious side effects. This medicine should come with a Medication Guide.
  • Read and follow these instructions carefully.
  • Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
  • Ask your pharmacist for the Medication Guide if you do not have one.
  • Your doctor might ask you to sign some forms to show that you understand this information. Advair Diskus® is a powder that is used with its own special inhaler device.
  • Individually measured doses of the powder are held in a foil blister package that is placed into the Diskus®.
  • The Diskus® pierces each blister one at a time to load the correct dose into the chamber when you are ready to use the medicine.
  • Do not use the Diskus® with a spacer.
  • Keep the Diskus® inhaler closed when you are not using it.
  • Keep the inhaler dry at all times.
  • Do not blow into it. Advair Diskus® is used with other medicines to treat your breathing problems.
  • Use all other medicines your doctor has prescribed as part of your combination treatment.
  • Keep using this medicine for the full treatment time, even if you feel better after the first few doses. Before inhaling your dose, breathe out fully, trying to get as much air out of the lungs as possible.
  • Hold the Diskus® level and away from your mouth. Open your mouth and breathe in quickly and deeply through the Diskus®.
  • Do not breathe in through your nose. Remove the Diskus® from your mouth.
  • Hold your breath for about 10 seconds or as long as possible, then breathe out slowly. When you have finished all your inhalations, rinse your mouth out with water.

Side Effects
  • Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects: Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing. Chest pain. Eye pain or trouble seeing. Fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat. Worsening of breathing problems.

Precautions
  • You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to salmeterol or fluticasone.
  • Do not use this medicine to treat an asthma attack or a COPD flare-up.

Missed Dose
  • If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, use it as soon as you can.
  • If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose.
  • Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.

Drug Interactions
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have heart problems, high blood pressure, or seizures.
  • Tell your doctor if you have thyroid problems, diabetes, liver problems, herpes simplex in your eye, tuberculosis, osteoporosis, or any type of infection. This should not be the first medicine you use for asthma.
  • It should only be used along with other asthma medicines such as corticosteroids that are taken by mouth or inhaled (cortisone, prednisone, Azmacort®, Cortone®, Deltasone®, Flovent®, Prelone®, Pediapred®, Vanceril®). Before you start using this medicine, tell your doctor if your breathing problems have been worse recently.
  • Tell your doctor if you have had to use more medicine to help your breathing, or if you have been to the emergency room lately for breathing problems. This medicine will not stop an asthma attack that has already started.
  • You should have another medicine to use in case of an acute asthma attack or for sudden COPD flare-ups. If any of your asthma medicines do not seem to be working as well as usual, call your doctor right away.
  • Do not change your doses or stop using your medicines without asking your doctor. You may get infections more easily while using this medicine.
  • Tell your doctor right away if you have been exposed to chickenpox or measles. Your doctor will need to check your progress at regular visits while you are using this medicine.
  • Be sure to keep all appointments.You should have regular eye exams while using this medicine.

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