Generic name: Fluticasone propionate, SalmeterolBrand names: Advair HFA
Advair HFA is used in the treatment of asthma. Advair HFA contains fluticasone propionate, an inhaled corticosteroid medicine. Inhaled corticosteroids help to decrease inflammation in the lungs. Inflammation in the lungs can lead to asthma symptoms. It also contains salmeterol inhalation powder, a long-acting beta-agonist (LABA) medicine. LABAs help to relax the muscles around the airways in your lungs.
Advair HFA does not relieve sudden breathing problems. Always have a short-acting bronchodilator medicine with you to treat sudden breathing problems.
Prime the inhaler before using it for the first time. To prime the inhaler, shake it well for 5 seconds. Then spray it 1 time into the air away from your face. Shake and spray the inhaler like this 3 more times to finish priming it. Avoid spraying in eyes. If you have not used your inhaler in more than 4 weeks or if you have dropped it, shake it well for 5 seconds and spray it 2 times into the air away from your face. Shake the inhaler well for 5 seconds just before each use. The inhaler should be at room temperature before you use it.
Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Advair HFA.
Do not take Advair HFA if you are allergic to fluticasone propionate, salmeterol or any other ingredients.
Do not use Advair HFA unless your healthcare professional has taught you and you understand how to use it. Do not change or stop any of your medicines to control or treat your breathing problems. Do not use other medicines that contain a long-acting beta2 agonist or LABA for any reason.
Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Advair HFA. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have diabetes, heart problems, high blood pressure, an immune system problem, liver problems, seizures, thyroid problems, or if you have weak bones (osteoporosis).
If Advair HFA is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Advair HFA with HIV medication such as ritonavir
Talk to your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding. Advair HFA may have a hazardous effect on your unborn child, or may pass into your breast milk.
The usual dosage for adults and children older than 12 is 2 inhalations twice a day.
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose, seek medical attention immediately.