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Advair, otherwise known in its generic name as Fluticasone propionate, is a medication used to treat asthma, and to pacify the patient during an attack. The medication contains fluticasone steroid which is responsible to reduce inflammation and salmeterol, a bronchodilator to aid relaxations in the muscles located within the airways.

The medication is also ideal to prevent recurrence of asthma due to respiratory problems such as chronic bronchitis or emphysema.

Advair Diskus Dosage And Administration

The usage of salmeterol for the relief of asthma comes should be taken with precaution. FDA states that salmeterol increases the likelihood of patients to become hospitalized because of asthma, and even face sudden death due to it.

Advair is taken by inhalation, twice a day- morning and evening, or 12 hours difference from the time of first intake for the day. During inhalation, the patient might be able to taste the medication- it could be very bothersome, but it’s normal. After medication, patients should gargle and rinse the mouth to avoid experiencing any bothersome aftertaste. However, make sure not to swallow the water used for rinsing the mouth. Patients are discouraged to exhale or apply the medication through spacers, as well as washing the mouthpiece or any parts of the device.

As for dosage, it varies according to the patient’s current medical condition. It also differs according to how the body responds to Advair. To be able to reach the maximum efficacy of the medication, patients should follow the recommended dose, and never fail to take it when needed. However, patients should not exceed the recommended daily dose, as it could increase the likelihood to experience some undesirable effects. If the patient fails to take a dose, it is not recommended to take a double dosage. Instead, it is a lot safer to take the next dose.

Treatment for asthma using Advair usually ranges from one to two weeks. Should a patient feel that there’s no improvement after 1 or 2 weeks of taking Advair, it will be best to consult the doctor.

Less Serious Side Effects

Here are some of the things that a patient could possibly experience during Advair treatment: dizziness, headache, nervousness, throat irritation or hoarseness of voice, dryness of mouth, stomach ache. These are less serious and could be easily remedied. In case of dizziness, patients should be cautious when driving, or doing anything that requires a great deal of focus. Alcohol intake should be minimized, or eliminated for the mean time. For those experience dry mouth, it could be remedied by eating candies, or drinking more water than the usual. If these side effects become persistent, always discuss it openly with the doctor.

Some Serious Side Effects

This includes severe cramps, white patches situated in the tongue, increased urination, and blurred eyesight. These side effects could hamper the patient’s normal routine, and could be overly bothersome. It is best to discuss things with the doctor regarding any discomforts experienced during the treatment.

Things To Consider Before Treatment

Patients should provide the doctor details about their medical, drug and allergy history, particularly if these allergies include lactose intolerance. Medical history which includes hypertension, heart problems, diabetes, anxiety, or osteoporosis should also be openly discussed, as there might be risks involved when taking the medication.

Patients might experience some problems in natural steroid production during the first few doses of Advair. This could be solved by taking a higher dose of corticosteroids than the usual.

It is advised to become cautious in using Advair, particularly when using such medication to children. Doctors say that there is a slight risk of delayed physical growth among children taking Advair.

Other Details About Advair

Advair has a molecular formula of C25H31F3O5S, and an IUPAC name [6,9-difluoro-17-(fluoromethylsulfanylcarbonyl)-11-hydroxy-10,13,16-trimethyl-3-oxo-6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17-dodecahydrocyclopenta[a]phenanthren-17-yl]propanoate. It weighs molecularly at 500.572 g/mol.

There are also other Fluticasone propionate formulations aside from Advair. These are: Atemur, Flixonase, Cutivate, Flonase, Flunase, Flixotide and Flovent. 

Customers who order Advair Diskus also purchase: Accolate, Alupent, Dulera, Flovent, Medrol, Medrol Dosepak, ProAir HFA, Proventil, Ovar, Singulair, Solu-Medrol, Symbicort, Theo-Dur, Ventolin, Xopenex

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