Advair Diskus (Fluticasone Propionate/Salmeterol)
Advair Diskus is a combination medicine used to treat asthma and airway narrowing associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including chronic bronchitis (long-term inflammation of the lungs) and emphysema (lung disease that causes shortness of breath). Advair Diskus contains two medicines: fluticasone (decreases inflammation in the lungs) and salmeterol (relaxes muscles in the airways).
If you have asthma and use Advair Diskus, you can have an increased risk of death from asthma problems. Tell your doctor if your breathing problems worsen over time while you are using Advair Diskus. Get emergency medical care if your breathing problems worsen quickly or if you use your rescue inhaler medicine, but it does not relieve your symptoms.
Advair Diskus must only be used if your doctor decides that your asthma is not well controlled with a long-term asthma-control medicine, such as an inhaled corticosteroid (medicine that helps fight inflammation). When your asthma is well controlled, your doctor may tell you to stop using Advair Diskus. Your doctor will decide if you can stop Advair Diskus without loss of your asthma control. Your doctor may prescribe a different asthma-control medication for you, such as an inhaled corticosteroid.
Children and adolescents who use Advair Diskus can have an increased risk of being hospitalized for asthma problems.
Advair Diskus does not treat the symptoms of a sudden asthma attack. Always have a short-acting rescue inhaler (such as albuterol) to treat sudden symptoms. If you do not have a short-acting inhaler, tell your doctor to have one prescribed for you. Tell your doctor immediately if an asthma attack does not respond to the rescue inhaler or if you require more doses than usual.
Do not use other inhaled medications similar to Advair Diskus while you are using Advair Diskus.
Advair Diskus can cause infections in your mouth and throat. Tell your doctor if you have any redness or white colored patches in your mouth.
Advair Diskus can increase your risk of getting pneumonia, especially if you have COPD. Call your doctor if you develop an increase in mucus production, change in mucus color, fever, chills, increased cough, or increased breathing problems.
If you use Advair Diskus, you can have a higher risk of getting an infection. Do not expose yourself to chickenpox or measles while you are using Advair Diskus. Tell your doctor if you experience any signs or symptoms of infection (such as a fever, pain, aches, chills, feeling tired, nausea, or vomiting).
Advair Diskus can cause a serious allergic reaction. Call your doctor right away if you experience breathing problems, hives, rash, or swelling of your face, mouth, or tongue.
Advair Diskus can have serious effects on your heart or nervous system. Tell your doctor if you experience increased blood pressure, fast or irregular heartbeat, chest pain, shaking, or nervousness.
Advair Diskus can cause slowed or delayed growth in children. Check your child’s growth regularly during treatment with Advair Diskus.
Cataracts (clouding of the eye’s lens) or glaucoma (high pressure in the eye) can occur while you are using Advair Diskus. Tell your doctor if you experience a change in your vision.