Drug name: Advair HFA
Generic name: Fluticasone Propion-Salmeterol
Advair HFA doses: Advair HFA 50/25mcg (equivalent to 45/21mcg), Advair HFA 125/25mcg (equivalent to 115/21mcg) and Advair HFA 250/25mcg (equivalent to 230/21mcg)
Formulation: Inhalation Aerosol
Production Description of Advair HFA Inhaler
Wheezing and shortness of breath are controlled and prevented with the use of the Advair HFA Inhaler, an asthma medication. Fluticasone and Salmeterol, a long-acting beta agonist, are used together in this medicine. This mixture soothes and relaxes the airways, allowing patients to return to their normal routines faster. When one medicine is insufficient or further therapy is required, it is prescribed.
Make sure you’ve read and understood the instructions before you start using it. It is necessary to prime the inhaler. Keep the spray away from your face and follow the directions.
Follow the instructions to operate this gadget. Patients are often told to shake the device for five seconds before orally inhaling two puffs with a thirty second pause in between, shaking the device both times. This procedure is repeated twice daily. To avoid thrush, rinse the mouth after each dosage. After using any other drugs, wait at least a minute before taking this one.
Do not discontinue taking other corticosteroids without first seeing your doctor. Withdrawal symptoms might occur if you quit abruptly; instead, gradually reduce your intake. Inhalers for regular usage should not be confused with inhalers for immediate relief. In the event of new symptoms, contact your doctor.
Using Advair HFA
Before use, consult your prescribing doctor if you have a history of:
- Current/past infections
- High blood pressure
- Bone loss
- Heart disease
- Overactive thyroid
- Eye problems
- Liver disease
This drug may induce QT Prolongation, which is a type of cardiac issue. Patients with pre-existing cardiac problems, medicines that might cause it, or low potassium or magnesium levels are at a higher risk.
This medicine has the potential to mask illness symptoms. This can make infections more likely and severe. Patients should wash their hands more frequently and avoid contact with people who are ill.
Physical stress may be more difficult to manage in patients who have been taking oral corticosteroids for less than a year, are no longer taking them, or are taking them at a greater dose than normal.
If you’re having surgery or an emergency operation, tell your doctor or dentist about any drugs you’ve been taking recently, especially corticosteroids. In the event of an emergency, patients should have a warning card or medical ID bracelet on them to alert medical personnel of their corticosteroid usage.
Possible interactions include:
- Azole antifungals
- Macrolide antibiotics
- HIV protease inhibitors
Advair HFA Side Effects:
- Throat irritation
- Stomach upset
- Raise blood pressure
- Worsening of breathing problems/asthma
- White patches on mouth/tongue
- Mental/mood changes
- Trouble sleeping
- Vision problems
- Increased thirst/urination
- Muscle cramps
- Chest pain
- Fast/irregular heartbeat
- Sever dizziness
- Allergic reaction
Advair HFA vs Diskus
Advair Diskus is a dry powder inhaler used to treat asthma and COPD, whereas Advair HFA is a propellant-based asthma medicine.