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Medications and Drugs

Brand Names: Advair Diskus, Advair HFA

Generic Name: fluticasone and salmeterol (Pronunciation: floo TIK a sone, sal ME te rol)

What is fluticasone and salmeterol inhalation (Advair Diskus, Advair HFA)?

Fluticasone is a steroid. It prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation. Salmeterol is a bronchodilator. It works by relaxing muscles in the airways to improve breathing.

Fluticasone and salmeterol inhalation is used to prevent asthma attacks. It is also used to prevent flare-ups or worsening of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) associated with chronic bronchitis and/or emphysema.

Fluticasone and salmeterol may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Advair Diskus 250 mcg-50 mcg

What are the possible side effects of fluticasone and salmeterol (Advair Diskus, Advair HFA)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • bronchospasm (wheezing, chest tightness, trouble breathing);
  • fast or uneven heart beats, restless feeling, tremor;
  • fever, chills, stabbing chest pain, cough with yellow or green mucus;
  • blurred vision, eye pain, or seeing halos around lights;
  • white patches or sores inside your mouth or on your lips; or
  • worsening asthma symptoms.

Less serious side effects include:

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about fluticasone and salmeterol (Advair Diskus, Advair HFA)?

Salmeterol may increase the risk of asthma-related death. Use only the prescribed dose of fluticasone and salmeterol, and do not use it for longer than your doctor recommends. Follow all patient instructions for safe use. Talk with your doctor about your individual risks and benefits of using this medication.

Before using fluticasone and salmeterol, tell your doctor if you have a food or drug allergy, heart disease, high blood pressure, a seizure disorder, an infection, a weak immune system, diabetes, glaucoma, tuberculosis, osteoporosis, a thyroid disorder, or liver disease.



Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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