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Advair Diskus
(Fluticasone / Salmeterol)

Theo-24
(Theophylline)

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.Coming soon.
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Reviews for Advair Diskus (Fluticasone / Salmeterol)
66%
of people (All ages) say Advair Diskus (Fluticasone / Salmeterol) is worth it
48%
say it works well
11%
say it's a big hassle
799 reviews
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Side effects
AdvairTheophylline
  • Lung infection 6%
  • Headaches 4%
  • Candidiasis mouth/throat 9%
  • Throat irritation 1%
  • Viral respiratory infections 3%
  • Hoarseness/dysphonia 5%
  • Dizziness 2%
  • Fever 1%
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How it works
AdvairTheophylline
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.Coming soon.
Type of medication
AdvairTheophylline
Prescription only
Available as
AdvairTheophylline
  • Inhaler
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Liquid
Used for
AdvairTheophylline
  • Asthma Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Exercise Induced Asthma Prophylaxis Nocturnal Asthma
Risk factors for serious side effects
AdvairTheophylline
  • Adverse effect of long-acting beta agonist drugs (LABAs), one of the medications in Advair Diskus (Fluticasone / Salmeterol), a combination drug.
  • History of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • COPD includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema
  • Age greater than 65 years
  • Lowering dose or stopping Advair Diskus (Fluticasone / Salmeterol) too quickly especially after long-term treatment
  • Stress such as trauma, surgery or infection
  • Not rinsing mouth after use
  • Higher dose of the corticosteroid medication contained in Advair Diskus (Fluticasone / Salmeterol)
  • Adverse effect of long-acting beta agonist drugs (LABAs), one of the medications in Advair Diskus (Fluticasone / Salmeterol), a combination drug.
  • History of arrhythmia, hypertension or heart failure
  • Severe milk protein allergy
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Pregnancy

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Kidneys and liver
AdvairTheophylline
  • 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).
No kidneys and liver related info.
Weight
AdvairTheophylline
  • Steroids can slow height growth in kids.
No weight related info.
Upsides and benefits
AdvairTheophylline
  • 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.
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Downsides and risks
AdvairTheophylline
  • 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.
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Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
AdvairTheophylline
  • 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.
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