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Salmeterol Allergy In Children
If I had Class 1 on milk allergy on rast testing, but negative on skin testing is it safe to take advair diskus (salmeterol and fluticasone) to help control asthma?
Yes: Yes, it is completely safe to take Advair diskus (salmeterol and fluticasone) with your supposed "milk allergy." That being said I would talk to your Allergist about your allergy in detail. From the results of your testing it is likely that you do not have a milk allergy. ...Read more
Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more
Asthma meds: Neither formoterol nor salmeterol has "addictive properties". Both are long-acting bronchodilators (open small airways) used in conjunction with an inhaled corticosteroid to control asthma. They are related to albuterol, a short-acting bronchodilator. If your asthma is not adequately controlled w/ formoterol, see your pcp or pulmonologist for meds adjustment. ...Read more
Controversial: Salmeterol like albuterol carry black box warnings about increased risk of death in asthma. Most lung doctors feel that using these alone may convince patients that their controller medicines (inhaled steroids) aren't needed and this is the real cause of trouble so we don't use long acting bronchodilators outside of fixed combination therapy. ...Read more
Inhaled steroid: Serevent (salmeterol) used without an inhaled steroid will make asthma worse over time. It needs to be used with an inhaled steroid. This combination is effective making both medications more effective. Most data shows that serevent (salmeterol) does not make asthma worse when used with an inhaled steroid. ...Read more
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1/100 advair: It is a measurement of the strength of the medication. ...Read more
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
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
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
Not in the U.S.: In canada and elsewhere, yes.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
What happens if I accidentally blew into my advair diskus (salmeterol and fluticasone)? Do I have to waste that dose?
Generally tolerated: Salmeterol is a long acting beta agonist (laba). Side effects of jitteriness, increased heart rate and tremor can occur. Also consider the "black box warning" of increase severe asthma attaches and asthma associated deaths. Many asthma specialists question the validity of the "black box" warnings due to shortcomings of the study and the overall almost 50% drop in asthma deaths since combo release. ...Read more
Half life: This drug is completely gone from your system in under 72 hours. ...Read more
12 hours: A standard dose of salmeterol lasts about 12 hours. ...Read more
I was prescribed qvar and serevent (salmeterol). Qvar is 3 puffs twice a day and serevent (salmeterol) is 1, twice a day. Is it ok to take them at the same time ie: 9am and 9pm?
Yes, Serevent (salmeterol) first,: Use serevent (salmeterol) first, then qvar. Serevent (salmeterol) opens the airway and lets Qvar get in better. Serevent (salmeterol) is slow acting and waiting a few minutes would help. ...Read more
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
What does the listed side effect of, "mental changes", mean on advair diskus (salmeterol and fluticasone)?
Has anyone had any experience with advair diskus (salmeterol and fluticasone)? Does the powder make you gag or cough?
My son played with my advair diskus (salmeterol and fluticasone) it was at 55 now at 50? If I take it will I get too much dose or is this diskus now garbage....
Its ok: He probably just wasted 5 dose. When you inhale see if it tastes the same. Keep him away from the medication! ...Read more
When using advair diskus (salmeterol and fluticasone) some side effects include memory and mental changes. What does this mean? Will my personality and memory change?
See below: It's not the medication that has been linked to death itself. It's when this medication is used, all the beta receptors are blocked by the salmeterol thus the short acting beta agonist - your rescue inhaler - won't bind thus won't work as well or at all. This was primary seen in the black population. ...Read more
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