Prevents breathing problems. Advair Diskus (Fluticasone / Salmeterol) is good for people who need two medicines to control their asthma or COPD, but it might be expensive since there's no generic available.
Prevents breathing problems. Dulera (Mometasone / Formoterol) is a convenient medication that'll control your asthma long-term, but it won’t stop a sudden asthma attack.
Advair Diskus (Fluticasone / Salmeterol) is a combination medicine. Fluticasone (a corticosteroid) lowers lung inflammation to control asthma and COPD. Salmeterol (a bronchodilator) relaxes muscles in your lungs to open airways and make breathing easier.
Dulera (Mometasone / Formoterol) is a combination asthma medicine. Mometasone (a corticosteroid) lowers lung inflammation and works to control your asthma and prevent asthma attacks. Formoterol (a long-acting bronchodilator) relaxes muscles in your lungs to open airways and prevent wheezing and shortness of breath.
› Adrenal suppression can occur if you lower your dose or stop taking Advair Diskus (Fluticasone / Salmeterol) too quickly which is related to one of the medications in the combination. Symptoms include joint or muscle pain, extreme low energy and depression. Changes in your medication need to be done slowly and over time. Talk to your doctor before you decrease or stop Advair Diskus (Fluticasone / Salmeterol).
› Adrenal suppression can occur if you lower your dose or stop taking Dulera (Mometasone / Formoterol) too quickly. Symptoms include joint or muscle pain, extreme low energy, and depression. Changes in your medication need to be done slowly and over time. Talk to your doctor before you decrease or stop Dulera (Mometasone / Formoterol).
› Steroids can slow height growth in kids.
No weight related info.
Upsides and benefits
› 2-in-1 medicine that lowers inflammation and opens airways in your lungs. Medicines are more effective together than alone.
› Makes lung function significantly better.
› Lowers the number of flare-ups and rescue inhaler uses in asthma and COPD.
› You only have to use it twice a day.
› Both the Diskus and inhaler can be used to treat asthma.
› It's a combination medicine that lowers inflammation and opens airways in your lungs.
› Significantly improves lung function and lowers the number of flare-ups by 70%. Also reduces rescue inhaler use in asthma.
› By inhaling this medication, it gets into your lungs quickly and doesn't affect the rest of your body as much, so if should have a lower risk of side effects.
› Some people who take Dulera (Mometasone / Formoterol) are able to use their fast-acting rescue inhalers less often.
Downsides and risks
› You have to use Advair every day to control your symptoms.
› You can't lower the dose or stop taking it too suddenly.
› The HFA inhaler isn't approved to treat COPD.
› Can make your heart race.
› Steroids can slow height growth in kids.
› Because steroids suppress your immune system, you can catch bacterial and viral infections easier, and they can take longer to go away.
› There have been some reports of worsening asthma leading to death when taking this medicine.
› You need to use Dulera (Mometasone / Formoterol) twice a day to control your symptoms.
› It doesn’t stop a sudden asthma attack. You always need to have a rescue inhaler close by to treat sudden symptoms or breathing problems.
› Steroids can suppress your immune system, so you can catch bacterial and viral infections easier while on this.
› You may need to take a different medicine if your asthma doesn’t improve and you need your rescue inhaler more often, or if tests show that your lung function is reduced.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
› Lowers inflammation and opens airways to improve breathing.
› Starts working in about 30 minutes, but it can take 1 to 2 weeks to feel the full effects.
› Prevents asthma symptoms, but doesn't treat sudden wheezing or asthma attacks once they start.
› Use inhaler in a level position, and don't breathe out into the device.
› Rinse your mouth out with water after each use.
› Shake inhaler for 5 seconds before you use it.
› Pump the inhaler 4 times before inhaling the first dose, or if it's been more than a month since your last dose.
› Call 911 or your doctor if it's hard to breathe or you have an asthma attack while on this medication.
› Diskus contains lactose, so don't use it if you're allergic to milk protein.
› Starts working right away, but it can take 1 to 2 weeks to feel the full effects.
› Inhale two separate puffs in the morning and two separate puffs in the evening. It’s important to read the information that comes with your medicine so you use it the correctly.
› Clean the mouthpiece with a dry cloth every 7 days and don’t wash it with water.
› Rinse your mouth out with water after each use to lower your chance of getting a yeast infection (thrush) in the mouth and throat.