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Advair® (fluticasone and salmeterol) is a medication used for preventing airway spasms in people who have asthma. This prescription medication is also used to treat airway spasms in people who have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The medication comes in two forms: the Advair Diskus® inhaler and the Advair® HFA inhaler. The Advair Diskus is approved for both asthma and COPD, while the Advair HFA inhaler is only approved for asthma.
When using Advair medication for asthma treatment 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. 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.
Advair does not work quickly, and it should not be used for treating asthma attacks. Rather, it is used twice a day to prevent them.
(Click Advair for a more in-depth look at how Advair medication is used for asthma prevention, as well as for treating COPD. This article also discusses how Advair works and offers information on general precautions, dosages, and potential side effects.)
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