GENERIC NAME: FLUTICASONE/SALMETEROL DISK INHALER - ORAL (floo-TIK-a-sone/sal-MEE-ter-ol)
BRAND NAME(S): Advair Diskus
WARNING: Rarely, serious (sometimes fatal) asthma-related breathing problems may occur in people with asthma who are treated with drugs such as salmeterol (long-acting beta agonists). In people with asthma, this product should only be used when one long-term medication (such as inhaled corticosteroids) does not control breathing problems. Before using this medication, it is important to learn how to use it properly. Discuss the risks and benefits of this medication with your doctor.
USES: This product is used to control and prevent symptoms (wheezing and shortness of breath) caused by asthma or ongoing lung disease (such as COPD). It contains 2 medications: fluticasone and salmeterol. Fluticasone belongs to a class of drugs known as corticosteroids. It works by reducing the irritation and swelling of the airways. Salmeterol belongs to the class of drugs known as long-acting beta agonists. It works by opening airways in the lungs to make breathing easier. Controlling symptoms of breathing problems can decrease time lost from work or school.This medication must be used regularly to be effective. It does not work immediately and should not be used to relieve sudden shortness of breath or asthma attacks. If sudden breathing problems occur, use your quick-relief inhaler (such as albuterol, also called salbutamol in some countries) as prescribed.
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