Advair Diskus is commonly prescribed for those people with COPD, emyphsema, asthma,chronic bronchitis, and other respiratory issues. Understanding how the drug works is very important to know.
Advair Diskus is also a good alternative medication when other asthma medicines such as Flovent, Albuterol, or Pulicort fail to control the symptoms.
This medicine contains both Fluticasone and Salmetrol in it. The Fluticasone portion is a steroid, while the Salmetrol works as a bronchodilator. So therefore airways become open and the muscles in airways are relaxed. The thing you cannot do with Advair, is stop an asthma attack that has already started. A special inhaler device is all loaded in blister packages which has ready-made dosages. Whenever you use your diskus inhaler, it will simply open up and then load a blister each dosage. You do not use this medicine with a spacer. This medication has also been approved for anyone aged 4 and older.
Advair Diskus comes in the strengths of 100/50, 250/50, and 500/50. The usual dosage that your doctor will prescribe is twice daily. Your starting dose of this medicine will go according to the severity levels of your respiratory ailments.
After taking your dose of Advair Diskus, you will notice improvement in your breathing within about a half hour.
If you miss a dose of your Advair, do not double up on the medicine.
For asthma conditions, Advair is primarily used to fight off having an asthma attack. As far as COPD, the drug prevents a lot of the flare-ups and helps to prevent the disease from getting worse.
Your doctor should have your full medical history before giving you Advair. Anyone that has the following problems, should not use this medicine:
1. Food and drug allergy types can happen with Advair Diskus. Some people have experienced anaphylaxis. This usually happens when you are allergic to milk.
2. Diabetes since the medicine contains steroids may raise your blood sugars quite a bit.
4. Seizures or Epilepsy
5. A weakened immune system. This drug can cause an immine suppressive effect.
6. Any type of ongoing infections
7. Glaucoma and other eye problems may ensue with long-term use of Advair Diskus.
8. Liver problems
Some of the less common side effects from Advair are nasal congestion, changes in voice, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, and a dry mouth.
Many people according to literature I’ve read, have improved symptoms with their asthma and COPD conditions.
Advair is different in that it not only treats the symptoms of asthma or COPD, but the underlying causes to these problems.