Understanding Effects of Advair and How to Take It

Clinical Effects

Several clinical studies have examined the use of Advair for asthma and COPD.
 
Asthma
In clinical studies, the medicine was shown to improve breathing better than when either of the active ingredients of Advair (fluticasone or salmeterol) was used alone. Sometimes, asthma medications can make symptoms worse.
 
For example, in one study, only 3 percent of people taking Advair had to stop the medication due to worsening asthma, compared to 11 percent of those taking fluticasone alone, 35 percent of those taking salmeterol alone, and 49 percent of those taking neither medication.
 
COPD
In studies Advair was given to people with COPD associated with chronic bronchitis. People taking the drug showed improved lung function, compared to those not taking it.
 

When and How to Take Advair

Advair comes in two forms -- the Advair Diskus, which contains dry powder, and the Advair HFA inhaler, a more traditional inhaler.
 
How to Use the Advair Diskus
Following are some general considerations for when and how to use the Advair Diskus:
 
  • The medication is inhaled into the lungs, usually twice daily, with about 12 hours between doses.
     
  • The Advair Diskus is used differently than older inhalers. It contains small foil pockets that contain the powder. These pockets are punctured (by sliding the lever until it clicks), and the powder is inhaled using your own breath.
     
  • Rinse out your mouth (without swallowing) after each dose in order to prevent thrush.
     
  • Be sure to keep the Advair Diskus horizontal while using it; otherwise, the powder can spill out. Never exhale into the inhaler, as this will also disrupt the powder.
     
  • It is important that you learn exactly how to use your Advair Diskus. It may be difficult at first and may require some practice.
     
  • Some people may not taste or feel the fine powder.
 
  • Advair should be taken at the same time each day to maintain an even level in your blood.
     
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Advair will not work if you stop taking it.
     
How to Use the Advair HFA Inhaler
Advair also comes in a more traditional inhaler, the Advair HFA inhaler. Following are some general considerations for when and how to use this form of the drug:
 
  • Advair HFA comes in a metered-dose inhaler (called an MDI).
     
  • The medication is inhaled into the lungs, usually twice daily, with about 12 hours between doses.
     
  • You should "test spray" each inhaler before you use it for the first time, or if you have not used it for a long time. To test spray the inhaler, spray it into the air by pressing on the top of the canister.
     
  • Shake your Advair HFA inhaler gently before each use.
     
  • Wait at least 30 seconds in between inhalations.
     
  • Rinse out your mouth (without swallowing) after each dose in order to prevent thrush.
     
  • It is important that you learn exactly how to use your Advair HFA inhaler. It may be difficult at first and may require some practice.
     
  • The spray should be inhaled into the lungs, not sprayed onto the back of the throat and swallowed. To accomplish this, you will need to breathe in while spraying the inhaler.
     
  • Most people put the mouthpiece of the inhaler directly into their mouths. However, many healthcare professionals now recommend placing the inhaler an inch or two away from the mouth. Talk with your healthcare provider about the best way for you to use the inhaler.
     
  • Each inhaler contains 120 sprays and comes with a dose counter that counts down how many sprays are remaining.
     
  • For Advair HFA to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. The medication will not work if you stop taking it.
     
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