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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

Dr. Brian Bezack
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Albuterol (Definition)

Albuterol is a beta 2 agonist that stimulates the muscles in the airways to open up if they are in spasm. Typically the medicine is inhaled via a meter dosed inhaler (mdi), or a nebulizer and also available ...Read more


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Vanceril (beclomethasone) inhaler directions please?

Vanceril (beclomethasone) inhaler directions please?

Inhaled steroid: Usually 2 times daily 1-4 puffs. When using steroid, remember to rinse your mouth after use. ...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 conditions require xopenex (levalbuterol) hfa inhalers?

What conditions require xopenex (levalbuterol) hfa inhalers?

Bronchodilator: Xopenex/levalbuterol is useful as bronchodilator. It opens lower airways in asthma and asthma-related conditions. ...Read more

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Pulmicort turbuhaler (budesonide) side effects?

Pulmicort turbuhaler (budesonide) side effects?

Few: Mostly very well tolerated. May cause oral thrush and sometimes worsening of respiratory sympt such as runny nose, cough and sometimes abdominal pain. Check with the pharmacy for a complete list. ...Read more

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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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Please describe the medication: spiriva handihaler (tiotropium bromide)?

Please describe the medication: spiriva handihaler (tiotropium bromide)?

An inhaled COPD med: That is an anti-cholinergic drug used once daily in the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. ...Read more

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Asthma. Meds serevent (salmeterol) and Pulmicort helpful?

Asthma. Meds serevent (salmeterol) and Pulmicort helpful?

The combination help: Pulmicort is an inhaled steroid that reduces inflammation in the lung. Serevent (salmeterol) is a long acting bronchodilator that when used with an inhaled steroid, can help the effectivess of the inhaled steroid. Serevent (salmeterol) used without the inhaled steroid can over 1-2 weeks or more can make asthma worse. Serevent (salmeterol) with asthma should only be used with an inhaled steroid. ...Read more

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I'm using 2 rotacaps for asthma (salbutamol sulphate& ipratropium bromide, fluticasino propionate& formaterol fumarate). Is the long term use safe?

I'm using 2 rotacaps for asthma (salbutamol sulphate& ipratropium bromide, fluticasino propionate& formaterol fumarate). Is the long term use safe?

Yes and no: The last drug you mentioned formaterol is a long acting beta agonist (laba). In the us, labas alone are used in treating copd. When used in asthma and to reduce their potential serious side effects, they must be combined with a steroid like fluticasone. ...Read more

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Does flovent diskus have the same side effects as advair diskus (salmeterol and fluticasone)?

Does flovent diskus have the same side effects as advair diskus (salmeterol and fluticasone)?

Yes and no: Flovent has the same medicine as advair (fluticasone). Advair has another medication, salmeterol, which can cause different side effects from flovent. ...Read more

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Is the primatene mist asthma inhaler banned?

Is the primatene mist asthma inhaler banned?

Removed from market: There are currently no over the counter asthma inhalers in the us. The manufacturers of primatine are petitioning the fda to keep it available. No actions as of yet. Available prescription rescue inhalers more specific with fewer side effects. Recently a new otc inhaler has been released. It is called asthmanefrin. I recommend you speak with your physician before starting any medications. ...Read more

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Corticosteroid asthma medicine symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) or advair diskus; which is better?

Corticosteroid asthma medicine symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) or advair diskus; which is better?

Both are good: It's a matter of personal response to the medications. Symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) is an aerosol and the coordination required to inhale it is a little harder than the diskus. Symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) contains formoterol as the long-acting bronchodilator, and that works faster than the salmeterol in advair. Both come in different strengths as well. Try both and consider what each costs on your plan and the side effects you have. ...Read more

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I'm taking alupent (metaproterenol) inhaler. What are cheaper alternatives?

I'm taking alupent (metaproterenol) inhaler. What are cheaper alternatives?

Generics: Alupent (metaproterenol) is the trade name for metaproteronol. At this time there does not seem to be a generic formulation. However, albuterol - also a beta 2 specific agent- is available generically and can be cheaper. Check with your pcp about switching. ...Read more

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Will an inhaler proair hfr interact with Bromfed (brompheniramine) dm?

Will an inhaler proair hfr interact with Bromfed (brompheniramine) dm?

Heart racing...: There is no direct interaction or contraindications, however, bromphed dm contains Pseudoephedrine and proair contains albuterol. Both are stimulants to the heart, so you may feel palpitations or your heart racing. At 22 this should not be a problem as long as you don't have any heart problems. ...Read more

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Flovent, ventolin side effects?

Flovent, ventolin side effects?

Various : Flovent- changes in your voice and yeast infections of the mouth called thrush. Ventolin is albuterol and causes fast heart rate and tremor. ...Read more

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Take ventolin hfa for asthma. What does inhale 1 puff q4-6 hours prn wheezing mean?

Take ventolin hfa for asthma. What does inhale 1 puff q4-6 hours prn wheezing mean?

Sig: It means take 1 puff every 4 to 6 hours as needed for wheezing, (but it should be 1 to 2 puffs), . ...Read more

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Does the xopenex (levalbuterol) inhaler contain steroids?

Does the xopenex (levalbuterol) inhaler contain steroids?

No.: Xopenx is a single medicine known as a short-acting-beta agonist (saba). There is no steroid. Its base medicine is albuterol. Most drugs have two forms-the active chemical and its mirror image (kind or like a right hand and left hand). Many drugs, only one of them works as the medicine. Xopenex (levalbuterol) is the "working form" of albuterol. Used to try and decrease side effects using active form of med. ...Read more