Advair (fluticasone/salmeterol) is used to treat asthma and COPD by decreasing inflammation and opening up the airways of your lungs. Advair is more popular than other beta agonist/corticosteroid combinations. There are currently no generic alternatives to Advair.
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Advair Side Effects
What should I watch for?
Visit your doctor for regular check ups. Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not get better. Do not use this medicine more than every 12 hours.
NEVER use this medicine for an acute asthma attack. You should use your short-acting rescue inhalers for this purpose. If your symptoms get worse or if you need your short-acting inhalers more often, call your doctor right away.
If you are going to have surgery tell your doctor or health care professional that you are using this medicine. Try not to come in contact with people with the chicken pox or measles. If you do, call your doctor.
Common and Rare Side Effects
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:
Black, tarry stools
burning, tingling, numbness, or pain in the hands, arms, feet, or legs
difficulty with breathing or swallowing
large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
painful or difficult urination
sensation of pins and needles
sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips or in the mouth
stabbing pain in the arms or legs
unusual bleeding or bruising
Incidence not known
darkening of the skin
decrease in height
difficulty with moving
facial hair growth in females
fast, slow, pounding, or irregular heartbeat or pulse
flushed, dry skin
fruit-like breath odor
full or round face, neck, or trunk
increased thirst or urination
large, flat, blue, or purplish patches in the skin
loss of sexual desire or ability
muscle pain or stiffness
pain in the back, ribs, arms, or legs
pain in the joints
unexplained weight loss
unusual tiredness or weakness
Get emergency help immediately if any of the following symptoms of overdose occur:
Symptoms of overdose
Chest pain or tightness
decreased urine output
faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
general feeling of discomfort or illness
loss of appetite
numbness or tingling in the hands, feet, or lips
trouble with sleeping
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:
Body aches or pain
dryness of the throat
high-pitched noise when breathing
trouble with swallowing
Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.