Advair

(fluticasone / salmeterol)

3.8/ 5 average rating with 799 reviewsforAdvair
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Prevents breathing problems.

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Advair (fluticasone / salmeterol) combines two medicines into one inhaler, but it might be expensive.

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    $91.28
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    $51.14
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Quick facts about Advair
  • Drug class: Respiratory
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Upsides

  • 2-in-1 medicine is more effective together than alone.
  • The diskus is used to treat both COPD and asthma.
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Downsides

  • Take it daily and consistently for the best results. It is not for on-demand treatment of wheezing or asthma attacks.
  • Rinse your mouth with water after each inhalation to avoid fungal infections of the mouth.
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How it works

Advair (fluticasone / salmeterol) is a combination medicine. Fluticasone is a steroid that lowers inflammation, while salmeterol relaxes muscles in the lungs to open the airways and make breathing easier.

Quick facts about Advair
  • Drug class: Respiratory
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

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Dosage forms

  • Inhaler
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What to expect when you take Advair (fluticasone / salmeterol) for Asthma

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  • Possible side effects
  • Headache
  • Lung infection
  • Sore throat
  • Fungal infection of the mouth
  • Stomach upset
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Side effect rates for Advair (fluticasone / salmeterol)

From 267 clinical trials of Advair when taken for asthma (100/50 mcg)
  • Lung infection
    27%27%
    14%14%
  • Sore throat
    13%13%
    6%6%
  • Headaches
    12%12%
    7%7%
  • Lung inflammation
    7%7%
    5%5%
  • Hoarseness
    5%5%
  • Sinus inflammation
    4%4%
    4%4%
  • Colds and flu
    4%4%
    3%3%
  • Nausea and vomiting
    4%4%
    1%1%
  • Stomach upset
    4%4%
    1%1%
  • Diarrhea
    4%4%
    1%1%
  • Muscle and joint pain
    4%4%
    3%3%
  • Stomach flu
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Fungal infections
    3%3%
    1%1%
  • Cough
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Bronchitis
    2%2%
    2%2%
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Advair (fluticasone / salmeterol)
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Risks and Warnings for Advair (fluticasone / salmeterol)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Asthma
    • Children under 18

    Salmeterol, a component of Advair (fluticasone / salmeterol), increases the risk of death for some people with asthma. This is more likely to happen the longer you're on it. You should only be on it if other medicines used to control asthma haven't worked. Talk to your doctor if you have questions.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Pharmacist Q&A

Advair (fluticasone / salmeterol) questions for

Frequently Asked Questions

This medication treats symptoms of asthma in adults and adolescents 12 years and older.

Who is this drug for?

This medication treats symptoms of asthma in adults and adolescents 12 years and older.