Although most people tolerate Advair® (fluticasone and salmeterol) well, it is not free of risks. Because this medication is not suitable for everyone, make sure you talk to your healthcare provider about possible Advair dangers that may apply to you. In particular, you should ask your healthcare provider about the increased risk of asthma-related deaths in people who take long-acting beta agonists, such as salmeterol, one of the components of Advair.
Individuals whose asthma can be adequately controlled without a long-acting beta agonist should not take this medication, due to the risks. If you must take this medication, once your asthma is under control, your healthcare provider should see if you can gradually stop taking this medication (or any other long-acting beta agonist) without causing a worsening of your asthma.
Make sure your healthcare provider is aware of any other medical conditions you may have and any other medications you are taking (including non-prescription medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements) before starting treatment with Advair. Dangers of this medication include potential side effects. Some of the most common Advair side effects include:
- Upper respiratory tract infections, such as the common cold
- A sore throat
- Nausea and vomiting.
Although side effects of Advair tend to be minor, there are some serious side effects of the medication that require immediate medical attention. Contact your healthcare provider right away if you experience problems such as depression, difficulty breathing or swallowing, or an irregular heart rhythm.
(Click Advair Side Effects and Advair Warnings and Precautions for more information on potential Advair dangers to be aware of before starting treatment with this medication. This article also explains what to tell your healthcare provider before using Advair and who may not be able to safely use the medication.)