Advair HFA is a combination medicine made up of a steroid and bronchodilator. It is used to prevent asthma attacks and flare-ups of COPD. Advair HFA is a long-term medication for patients with COPD. It is a short-term medication for patients with asthma. Advair HFA is approved for use in patients at least 12 years old. Do not give this medication to a child without medical advice.
Before using Advair HFA, inform your doctor of your medical history, especially if you’ve had a recent infection, or if you’ve had glaucoma, osteoporosis, a weak immune system, allergies, diabetes, or other medical condition. Tell your doctor if you become pregnant or plan to breast-feed. Do not exceed your dose; too much of this medication can cause life-threatening dangers. Use only the inhaler device provided. Shake it for at least 5 seconds before a spray. Rinse your mouth with water after using your inhaler. Do not stop using an oral steroid suddenly if you also take one. It is important to store Advair HFA away from light and high heat.
Advair HFA is NOT a rescue medicine. It should not be used to treat an asthma or bronchospasm attack. Do not use Advair HFA if you are allergic to fluticasone, salmeterol, milk proteins, or if you have severe COPD symptoms or an asthma attack. Long-term steroid use may lead to bone loss, glaucoma, acne, thinning skin, body fat composition changes, impotence, menstrual problems, lack of libido, and more. It can also affect growth in children. Overdose symptoms can include: racing heart, chest pain, shortness of breath. While on Advair HFA, avoid sick people. Do not use a second bronchodilator inhalant without your doctor’s approval.
Get emergency help if you suspect an allergic reaction or overdose. Contact your doctor at once if you experience a serious side effect, such as: breathing issues, flu-like symptoms, chest pain, irregular pulse, tremors and nervousness, sores/white patches in the mouth and throat, high blood sugar symptoms, vision problems, symptoms of low potassium, and signs of a hormonal disorder. Other side effects include: cold symptoms, headache, muscle and bone pain, nausea and vomiting, irritated throat, cough, and hoarseness. Inform your doctor of all other drugs you take, as Advair HFA can interact with other drugs, such as antifungal medication and HIV/AIDS medication.