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Please describe the medication: advair diskus (salmeterol and fluticasone)?

Please describe the medication: advair diskus (salmeterol and fluticasone)?

Asthma Controller: Advair diskus (salmeterol and fluticasone) is used to treat asthma, it is an inhaled medication that has a steroid (fluticasone) which reduced lung inflammation and long acting salmeterol which relaxes airway muscles and improves breathing. Advair comes in 2 inhaler forms, hfa and diskus. ...Read more

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Using advair diskus (salmeterol and fluticasone) inhaler while breastfeedingis ok?

Using advair diskus (salmeterol and fluticasone) inhaler while breastfeedingis ok?

Up in the Air: There are not sufficient data one way or the other to say specifically that advair won't harm your baby. As a general rule, inhaled medications are somewhat safer than pills or liquids because the levels in the blood are not as high for inhaled medications. Your doctor can help determine if your lung disease severity outweighs the potential risk to your baby. ...Read more

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Can I use an expired advair diskus (salmeterol and fluticasone)? Expired 3/13.

Expired Medication: Yes. I often tell my patients that as long as the product was not exposed to the elements or direct sunlight that simple expiration dates are fine to ignore. ...Read more

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Can advair diskus (salmeterol and fluticasone) usually make people gain weight?

Can advair diskus (salmeterol and fluticasone) usually make people gain weight?

Advair: The continuous use of high dose Advair Diskus (salmeterol and fluticasone) 500/50 may cause weight gain in some individuals and ideally no one should be kept on such a high dose for a long period of time. The other dosages, 250/50 and 100/50 do not have significant systemic absorption. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: advair diskus (salmeterol and fluticasone)?

What is the definition or description of: advair diskus (salmeterol and fluticasone)?

Asthma drug: Advair diskus (salmeterol and fluticasone) is a dry-powder inhaler for use as a daily controller medication for treating moderate-severe persistent asthma. It contains fluticasone (steroid) and salmeterol (long-acting bronchodilator [laba]). It is available in 3 dosage strengths 100/50, 250/50 and 500/50 with variable amounts of inhaled steroid and a fixed dose of laba. ...Read more

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Is it possible for advair diskus (salmeterol and fluticasone) to make people gain weight?

Is it possible for advair diskus (salmeterol and fluticasone) to make people gain weight?

Not really: The steroid in advair diskus (salmeterol and fluticasone) is measured in micrograms, minimally absorbed, and wouldn't cause fluid retention unless administered in mega doses, which isn't the case ...Read more

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Do you know if advair diskus (salmeterol and fluticasone) is still effective after 30 days?

Do you know if advair diskus (salmeterol and fluticasone) is still effective after 30 days?

Look at expiration: In general all dry powder inhalers expire a certain number of days after the foil pouch is open. Check with your pharmacist or look at the package information included in your prescription. ...Read more

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What happens if I accidentally blew into my advair diskus (salmeterol and fluticasone)? Do I have to waste that dose?

What happens if I accidentally blew into my advair diskus (salmeterol and fluticasone)? Do I have to waste that dose?

Yes: If you have already loaded the dose by cocking the diskus device, then blowing into the inhaler can disperse the medication. ...Read more

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How to treat adrenal insufficiency caused due to stopped usage of "advair diskus"?

How to treat adrenal insufficiency caused due to stopped usage of "advair diskus"?

Adrenal insufficienc: Aa30! You are busy today! This is a good question. And complex. Advair has cortisone in it. Not a lot! The person with the adrenal insuffic. Must have used a HUGE amount of advair (overdose) to do that OR he has borderline low adrenal functioning to start with. I would see and internist to diagnose this correctly and treat with some prednisone in SMALL dose SHORT time IF NECESSARY! Thx ...Read more

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What does the listed side effect of, "mental changes", mean on advair diskus (salmeterol and fluticasone)?

What does the listed side effect of, "mental changes", mean on advair diskus (salmeterol and fluticasone)?

Mental change?: Just about anything from having odd thoughts to depression to nightmares to drowsiness, etc. Although many of these effects are listed separately. If you really can't define a "mental change" it is probably not related to the medication. ...Read more

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Has anyone had any experience with advair diskus (salmeterol and fluticasone)? Does the powder make you gag or cough?

Has anyone had any experience with advair diskus (salmeterol and fluticasone)? Does the powder make you gag or cough?

Advair Discus: I have prescribed Advair Diskus (salmeterol and fluticasone) for as long as it has been there including children and it is well tolerated and there is hardly anybody complained of gaging and cough. ...Read more

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Two year old advair diskus (salmeterol and fluticasone)? What harm could this do to you?

Little: A two year old Advair Diskus (salmeterol and fluticasone) is unlikely to cause harm if used appropriately...Just may be less effective. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of advair diskus (salmeterol and fluticasone) and is it safe to use for 6 months or more?

What are the side effects of advair diskus (salmeterol and fluticasone) and is it safe to use for 6 months or more?

Safe to use: Advair contains fluticasone, a steroid, and salmeterol, a long acting bronchodialtor. Any inhaled steroid can cause thrush so be sure to rinse your mouth well after use. I've also seen hoarseness with advair, especially if one does not inhale forcefully. Salmeterol can cause leg cramps at night.

Regular use of advair is much safer than the alternative of episodic use of oral steroids. ...Read more

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About asthma advair diskus (salmeterol and fluticasone) medicine? Can you take it all year long without complications?

About asthma advair diskus (salmeterol and fluticasone) medicine? Can you take it all year long without complications?

Yes: Advair has a long-acting beta-agonist and a steroid inhaler in one. It can be used for long-term asthma control. After each use, rinse your mouth and spit it out to avoid thrush, a fungal infection of the mouth and a common side-effect. You should also have a short -acting beta-agonist inhaler for breakthrough symptoms as advair should not be used for acute symptoms. ...Read more

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How long do you have to use advair diskus (salmeterol and fluticasone) to get a broncho-protection against methacholine?

How long do you have to use advair diskus (salmeterol and fluticasone) to get a broncho-protection against methacholine?

One month: I typically wait for one month for a new medication to take full effect before assessing a response. ...Read more

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Does advair diskus (salmeterol and fluticasone) 500/50 prevent asthma attacks?

Does advair diskus (salmeterol and fluticasone) 500/50 prevent asthma attacks?

Yes: This is a combination "controller" medication for preventing asthma attacks and for improving overall respiration between attacks. It is for moderate to severe cases and should be used only under the guidance of a physician. ...Read more

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What does advair diskus (salmeterol and fluticasone) do to a methacholine challenge?

Decrease sensitivity: Salmeterol is a long acting bronchodilator that will decrease the bronchial muscle respnsiveness to the methacholine challenge. The purpose of the challenge is to replicate bronchial muscle reactivity, which if high, is consistent with asthma. Therefore, if Advair is used, there is a significantly decreased chance of appropriately diagnosing asthma based on the result. Good luck! ...Read more

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Will 250mcg or advair diskus (salmeterol and fluticasone) effect a methacholine test?

Yes: Both the steroid and long acting bronchodilator would likely produce a false-negative test. The minimum one must stay off of Advair would be 2 weeks. On the other hand, if one were to check how the medication works, one can compare the response before and after starting Advair- mostly done in research setting. ...Read more

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For asthma - when do you prescribe advair diskus (salmeterol and fluticasone) medicine?

For asthma - when do you prescribe advair diskus (salmeterol and fluticasone) medicine?

Moderate disease: If you are having symptoms more than twice a week or at night, you probably need to be on a steroid inhaler, od which advair is one. If you are on a steroid inhaler and have symptoms, adding a long acting beta agonist (the sere vent part of advair)helps. ...Read more