ADVAIR – Asthma & COPD Treatment & Side Effects


What is ADVAIR For?

GlaxoSmithKline’s Advair was approved by the FDA in 2006. It consists of two different drugs: fluticasone propionate and salmetero.

ADVAIR Uses & Benefits

Advair is used to treat breathing problems in patients who suffer from asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Unlike albuterol inhalers, it does not work for sudden symptoms. It is a maintenance treatment that reduces exacerbation and airflow obstruction in people who have COPD. The fluticasone propinate is a corticosteroid that reduces the amount of inflammation in the lungs. The salmeterol is a bronchodilator that relaxes muscles in your airways. It will not provide relief to patients who have acute bronchospasms.

Is ADVAIR Safe? ADVAIR Side Effects

Some side effects of this respiratory medicine are less severe such as headache, dizziness, vomiting, nausea and diarrhea. You may experience dry throat, mouth or nose from it. A stuffy nose, sore throat, cough or other sinus problems might arise. Hoarseness or a deepening of your voice is possible as well.

An allergic reaction to Advair with symptoms such as swelling of your tongue, throat, lips or face is possible. You may develop hives or have difficulty breathing, all of which require immediate medical assistance. Other serious side effects include bronchospasms that cause wheezing, difficulty breathing or chest tightness. Tachycardia or an uneven heartbeat are possible from Advair, and so are tremors or having a restless feeling. Some patients develop green or yellow mucus from it. Blurred vision, eye pain, fever, chills, stabbing chest pains, seeing halos around lights, blurred vision, white patches or sores in your mouth or a worsening of asthma symptoms have been reported from taking Advair.

ADVAIR Contraindications & Warnings

Advair Warnings & Contraindications

The salmeterol in it has the potential to increase a person’s risk of asthma-related death. Advair is not for people who already take asthma medication. It can cause candida albicans infections in the mouth or in the pharynx. It may cause pneumonia or worsen tuberculosis. Advair might worsen other infections from parasites, viruses, bacteria or fungi. Adrenal suppression is possible and so is paradoxical bronchospasm. Doctors should prescribe it with caution to patients who have diabetes mellitus, ketoacidosis, convulsive disorders or thyrotoxicosis.