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Advair Diskus Alternatives

(Fluticasone / Salmeterol)

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These medications are comparable to Advair Diskus (Fluticasone / Salmeterol) or used for similar purposes.

Advair Diskus
(Fluticasone / Salmeterol)

Atrovent
(Ipratropium)

Combivent
(Ipratropium / Albuterol)

Dulera
(Mometasone / Formoterol)

Symbicort
(Budesonide / Formoterol)

Theo-24
(Theophylline)

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.Makes it easier to breathe. Combivent (Ipratropium / Albuterol) is good for people who need 2 medicines to relieve their COPD symptoms, but you need to be okay with taking it four times a day.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.Prevents breathing problems. Symbicort (Budesonide / Formoterol) 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.Coming soon.
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Reviews & ratings
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5.133248730964467Advair
Reviews for Advair Diskus (Fluticasone / Salmeterol)
66%
of people say Advair Diskus (Fluticasone / Salmeterol) is worth it
47%
say it works well
11%
say it's a big hassle

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Reviews for Combivent (Ipratropium / Albuterol)
63%
3% vs. Advair Diskus (Fluticasone / Salmeterol)
37%
10% vs. Advair Diskus (Fluticasone / Salmeterol)
13%
2% vs. Advair Diskus (Fluticasone / Salmeterol)
Reviews for Dulera (Mometasone / Formoterol)
83%
+17% vs. Advair Diskus (Fluticasone / Salmeterol)
78%
+31% vs. Advair Diskus (Fluticasone / Salmeterol)
9%
+2% vs. Advair Diskus (Fluticasone / Salmeterol)
Reviews for Symbicort (Budesonide / Formoterol)
57%
9% vs. Advair Diskus (Fluticasone / Salmeterol)
39%
8% vs. Advair Diskus (Fluticasone / Salmeterol)
15%
4% vs. Advair Diskus (Fluticasone / Salmeterol)

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Side effects
AdvairAtroventCombiventDuleraSymbicorttheophyllinetheophylline
  • Ear, nose, or throat infection 13%
  • Candidiasis mouth/throat 9%
  • Lung infection 8%
  • Sore throat 7%
  • Bronchitis 6%
  • Nausea and vomiting 5%
  • Headaches 4%
  • Cough 4%
  • Diarrhea 3%
  • Viral respiratory infections 3%
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We haven’t found good data for Atrovent side effects.

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The Combivent FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

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  • Sinus inflammation 2%
  • Common cold 1%
  • Headache 1%
More Dulera side effects »
  • Stomach discomfort 5%
  • Oral candidiasis 4%
  • Headache 4%
  • Throat pain 4%
  • Lung infection 3%
  • Ear, nose, or throat infection 3%
  • Common cold 2%
  • Flu 2%
  • Nasal congestion 2%
  • Vomiting 2%
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We haven’t found good data for theophylline side effects.

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How it works
AdvairAtroventCombiventDuleraSymbicorttheophyllinetheophylline
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.Combivent (Ipratropium / Albuterol) is a combination medicine. It contains two bronchodilators (ipratropium and albuterol), which relax 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.Symbicort (Budesonide / Formoterol) is a combination medicine. Budesonide (a corticosteroid) lowers lung inflammation to control asthma and COPD. Formoterol (a bronchodilator) relaxes muscles in your lungs to open airways and make breathing easier.Coming soon.Coming soon.
Type of medication
AdvairAtroventCombiventDuleraSymbicorttheophyllinetheophylline
Anti-inflammatory
Corticosteroid
Bronchodilator
Long-acting bronchodilator
Prescription only
Coming soon.
Bronchodilator
Short-acting bronchodilator
Bronchodilator
Short-acting bronchodilator
Prescription only
CorticosteroidBronchodilator
Long-acting bronchodilator
Beta-2 agonist
Prescription only
Anti-inflammatory
Corticosteroid
Bronchodilator
Long-acting bronchodilator
Prescription only
Coming soon.
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Available as
AdvairAtroventCombiventDuleraSymbicorttheophyllinetheophylline
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Used for (click to learn more)
AdvairAtroventCombiventDuleraSymbicorttheophyllinetheophylline
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Nasal discharge
  • Asthma Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Exercise-induced asthma; Prophylaxis Nocturnal asthma
  • Asthma Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Exercise-induced asthma; Prophylaxis Nocturnal asthma
Risk factors for serious side effects
AdvairAtroventCombiventDuleraSymbicorttheophyllinetheophylline
  • 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 category
AdvairAtroventCombiventDuleraSymbicorttheophyllinetheophylline
CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

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.

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BFDA pregnancy category (Probably safe)

Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

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CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

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.

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CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

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.

See the FDA package insert
CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

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.

See the FDA package insert
CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

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.

See the FDA package insert
CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

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.

See the FDA package insert
Alcohol
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Food
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Kidneys and liver
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Sex
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Sleep
  • Advair Diskus (Fluticasone / Salmeterol) may increase blood pressure and heart rate, especially if you already have these conditions. These symptoms are related to one of the medications in this product so don't change or increase your dose without talking to your doctor first. Tell your doctor if you develop dizziness, tremor, nausea, rapid heartbeat, become very tired or have difficulty sleeping while taking Advair Diskus (Fluticasone / Salmeterol), you may need to change or stop this medication.
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Weight
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Upsides and benefits
AdvairAtroventCombiventDuleraSymbicorttheophyllinetheophylline
  • You only have to use it twice a day.
  • Both the Diskus and inhaler can be used to treat asthma.
  • 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.
Coming soon.
  • 2-in-1 medicine that opens airways and makes it easier to breathe. Medicines are more effective together than alone.
  • Effectively relieves COPD and asthma symptoms.
  • Respimat formulation has a clear display for dosing, doesn't require shaking, and only needs one inhalation per dose.
  • 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.
  • In studies, shown to improve asthma symptoms, rescue inhaler use, and lung function on the first day.
  • 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.
Coming soon.
Downsides and risks
AdvairAtroventCombiventDuleraSymbicorttheophyllinetheophylline
  • You have to use Advair every day to control your symptoms.
  • The HFA inhaler isn't approved to treat COPD.
  • You can't lower the dose or stop taking it too suddenly.
  • 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.
Coming soon.
  • You have to use Combivent four times a day.
  • Can make symptoms of enlarged prostate or urinary blockage worse.
  • Can worsen a certain type of glaucoma.
  • Can make your heart race.
  • 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.
  • You have to use Symbicort twice a day, every day to control your symptoms.
  • Lower doses are not as effective for COPD.
  • You can't lower the dose or stop taking it too suddenly.
  • 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
AdvairAtroventCombiventDuleraSymbicorttheophyllinetheophylline
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Lowers inflammation and opens airways to improve breathing.
  • 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.
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  • Starts working in 15 to 30 minutes, and lasts about 4 to 6 hours.
  • Make sure to read the instructions about how to set up your first dose.
  • Clean the mouthpiece with a damp cloth once a week.
  • The inhaler shows you how much medication you have left so you can plan ahead for refills.
  • Don't take it more often or change your dose without talking to your doctor first.
  • Tell your doctor if the medication stops working or if your symptoms get worse.
  • One type of inhaler contains soya lecithin, so don't use if you have soybean, peanut, or allergies to atropine.
  • 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.
  • Prevents breathing problems, but doesn't stop sudden cough or wheezing once they start.
  • Starts working in about 30 minutes, but can take 1 to 2 weeks to feel full effects.
  • Call 911 or your doctor if it's hard to breathe, or if you have an asthma attack while taking this medication.
  • Lowers inflammation and opens airways to improve breathing.
  • 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.
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