Advair Diskus

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:48 by admin
Advair Diskus, an oral inhaler containing a combination of fluticasone and salmeterol, is indicated for the twice-daily, long-term treatment of asthma in patients 12 years of age and older. Fluticasone, a steroid, and salmeterol, a long-acting beta-agonist, work to reduce swelling in the airways and relax and open air passages in the lungs. Advair controls asthma but does not cure the disorder. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Advair in 2000. The inhaler is made by GlaxoSmithKline.

Potential side effects of Advair Diskus include, but may not be limited to, bronchitis, cough, vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty speaking, fungal infection of the mouth, headaches, stomach pain, hoarseness, muscle and bone pain, nausea, sore throat and sinus pain. In August 2003, the FDA announced the addition of new safety information and warnings to the labeling for drug products that contain salmeterol. The new labeling includes a boxed warning about a small, but significant, increased risk of life-threatening asthma episodes or asthma-related deaths observed in patients taking salmeterol in a recently completed large U.S. safety study.

In November 2005, FDA requested manufacturers of Advair Diskus, Foradil Aerolizer, and Serevent Diskus to update their existing product labels with new warnings and a Medication Guide for patients to alert health care professionals and patients that these medicines may increase the chance of severe asthma episodes, and death when those episodes occur. All of these products contain medicines belonging to the class known as "long-acting beta 2-adrenergic agonists" (LABA), which are long-acting bronchodilator medicines. Bronchodilator medicines, such as LABAs, help to relax the muscles around the airways in the lungs. Wheezing (bronchospasm) happens when the muscles around the airways tighten. Even though LABAs decrease the frequency of asthma episodes, these medicines may make asthma episodes more severe when they occur.

Contact your doctor if you have medical concerns regarding Advair Diskus. If you feel that you have been harmed by the inhaler, it may be important to contact an attorney who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit.

See Also

  1. Asthma Drugs: Overview
  2. Asthma: Overview
  3. Bronchitis: Overview
  4. Diarrhea: Overview
  5. Ear, Nose, & Throat Disorders
  6. Headaches
  7. Joints & Muscles: Overview
  8. Nausea: Overview
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