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Here are some frequently asked questions about ADVAIR for asthma:

ADVAIR is an asthma medication that can help keep your symptoms from coming back. That means, unlike a rescue inhaler that treats sudden symptoms, ADVAIR can help prevent your asthma symptoms from occurring in the first place. Your results may vary. ADVAIR is not for, and should not be used to treat, sudden, severe symptoms of asthma. ADVAIR won’t replace a rescue inhaler.

ADVAIR DISKUS is for the treatment of asthma in patients 4 years and older.
ADVAIR HFA is for the treatment of asthma in patients 12 years and older. ADVAIR is available by prescription only.

ADVAIR should be used only if your healthcare provider decides that your asthma is not well controlled with a long-term asthma control medicine, such as an inhaled corticosteroid.

When your asthma is well controlled, your healthcare provider may tell you to stop taking ADVAIR. Your healthcare provider will decide if you can stop ADVAIR without loss of asthma control. Your healthcare provider may prescribe a different asthma control medicine for you, such as an inhaled corticosteroid.

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Common side effects of ADVAIR DISKUS include upper respiratory tract infection, throat irritation, hoarseness and voice changes, thrush in the mouth and throat, bronchitis, cough, headache, and nausea and vomiting. In children with asthma, infections in the ear, nose, and throat are common. Click here for more information on risks and side effects.

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Common side effects of ADVAIR HFA include upper respiratory tract infection, throat irritation, hoarseness and voice changes, headache, dizziness, and nausea and vomiting. Click here for more information on risks and side effects.

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ADVAIR treats the two main causes of asthma symptoms by combining two different types of medicines in one product:

  • A long-acting bronchodilator. This medicine helps relax the muscles surrounding the airways
  • An inhaled corticosteroid. This medicine helps reduce the inflammation in the airways

ADVAIR is not for, and should not be used to treat, sudden, severe symptoms of asthma. ADVAIR won’t replace a rescue inhaler.

Results may vary.

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Your asthma is there, whether you have symptoms or not. That’s why you need to take ADVAIR as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Results may vary. Do not stop using ADVAIR or other asthma medicines unless told to do so by your healthcare provider because your symptoms might get worse. Your healthcare provider will change your medicines as needed.

When your asthma is well controlled, your healthcare provider may tell you to stop taking ADVAIR. Your healthcare provider will decide if you can stop ADVAIR without loss of asthma control. Your healthcare provider may prescribe a different asthma control medicine for you, such as an inhaled corticosteroid.

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ADVAIR DISKUS is a product that you inhale to help prevent your asthma symptoms from occurring in the first place. Results may vary.

Take 1 inhalation of ADVAIR DISKUS twice a day, every day, as prescribed by your healthcare provider, once in the morning and once at night, about 12 hours apart. Click here for instructions on how to use ADVAIR DISKUS.

When your asthma is well controlled, your healthcare provider may tell you to stop taking ADVAIR. Your healthcare provider will decide if you can stop ADVAIR without loss of asthma control. Your healthcare provider may prescribe a different asthma control medicine for you, such as an inhaled corticosteroid.

ADVAIR DISKUS is for the treatment of asthma in patients 4 years and older.

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ADVAIR HFA is a product you inhale to help prevent your asthma symptoms from occurring in the first place. Results may vary.

Take 2 inhalations of ADVAIR HFA twice a day, every day, as prescribed by your healthcare provider, once in the morning and once at night, about 12 hours apart. Click here for instructions on how to use ADVAIR HFA.

When your asthma is well controlled, your healthcare provider may tell you to stop taking ADVAIR. Your healthcare provider will decide if you can stop ADVAIR without loss of asthma control. Your healthcare provider may prescribe a different asthma control medicine for you, such as an inhaled corticosteroid.

ADVAIR HFA is for the treatment of asthma in patients 12 years and older.

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No. ADVAIR is not for, and should not be used to treat, sudden, severe symptoms of asthma. ADVAIR does not replace a rescue inhaler. Always have a rescue inhaler with you to treat sudden symptoms.

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ADVAIR DISKUS is available by prescription. It comes in three strengths:

  • ADVAIR DISKUS 100/50
  • ADVAIR DISKUS 250/50
  • ADVAIR DISKUS 500/50

In addition to ADVAIR DISKUS, there is another option, ADVAIR HFA, which is available in three strengths:

  • ADVAIR HFA 45/21
  • ADVAIR HFA 115/21
  • ADVAIR HFA 230/21

Ask your healthcare provider which dosage form and strength of ADVAIR may be right for you.

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  • Store ADVAIR DISKUS at a controlled room temperature, 20°C to 25°C
    (68°F to 77°F), in a dry place away from direct heat or sunlight
  • Safely discard ADVAIR DISKUS 1 month after you remove it from the foil pouch, or after the dose indicator reads "0," whichever comes first
  • Keep ADVAIR DISKUS and all medicine out of the reach of children

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  • Store ADVAIR HFA at room temperature, 20°C to 25°C (68°F to 77°F), with the mouthpiece down
  • Do not puncture the canister. Do not use or store ADVAIR HFA near heat or an open flame. Never throw it into a fire or an incinerator
  • Keep ADVAIR HFA and all medicines out of the reach of children

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  • ADVAIR DISKUS contains lactose. Do not use ADVAIR DISKUS if you have severe allergy to milk proteins. Ask your healthcare provider if you are not sure
  • ADVAIR HFA does not contain lactose

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Thrush is the overgrowth of Candida, a fungus, in the mouth. It can occur when the normal balance of bacteria in your mouth is altered. Although thrush is treatable, there are things you can do to help prevent it. If you take ADVAIR, make sure to rinse your mouth with water after taking the medicine and spit the water out. Learn more about thrush here.

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GlaxoSmithKline offers multiple programs to help patients afford their medicine. To learn more about these programs, please go to www.GSKforYou.com.

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Approved Uses for ADVAIR

ADVAIR DISKUS is for the treatment of asthma in patients 4 years and older. ADVAIR HFA is for the treatment of asthma in patients 12 years and older. ADVAIR is available by prescription only.

ADVAIR should be used only if your healthcare provider decides that your asthma is not well controlled with a long-term asthma control medicine, such as an inhaled corticosteroid.

ADVAIR is not for, and should not be used to treat, sudden, severe symptoms of asthma. ADVAIR won’t replace a rescue inhaler.

Important Safety Information About ADVAIR DISKUS® (fluticasone propionate and salmeterol inhalation powder) and ADVAIR® HFA (fluticasone propionate and salmeterol) Inhalation Aerosol

  • People with asthma who take long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonist (LABA) medicines, such as salmeterol (one of the medicines in ADVAIR), have an increased risk of death from asthma problems. It is not known whether fluticasone propionate, the other medicine in ADVAIR, reduces the risk of death from asthma problems seen with salmeterol.
    • Call your healthcare provider if breathing problems worsen over time while using ADVAIR. You may need different treatment.
    • Get emergency medical care if:
      • breathing problems worsen quickly and
      • you use your rescue inhaler medicine, but it does not relieve your breathing problems.
  • ADVAIR should be used only if your healthcare provider decides that your asthma is not well controlled with a long-term asthma control medicine, such as an inhaled corticosteroid.
  • When your asthma is well controlled, your healthcare provider may tell you to stop taking ADVAIR. Your healthcare provider will decide if you can stop ADVAIR without loss of asthma control. Your healthcare provider may prescribe a different asthma control medicine for you, such as an inhaled corticosteroid.
  • Children and adolescents with asthma who take LABA medicines may have an increased risk of hospitalization for asthma problems.
  • Do not use ADVAIR to treat sudden, severe symptoms of asthma or COPD. Always have a rescue inhaler medicine with you to treat sudden symptoms.
  • Do not use ADVAIR if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in ADVAIR. Do not use ADVAIR DISKUS if you have severe allergy to milk proteins. Ask your doctor if you are not sure.
  • Do not use ADVAIR more often than prescribed. Do not take ADVAIR with other medicines that contain a LABA for any reason. Tell your doctor about medicines you take and about all of your medical conditions.
  • ADVAIR can cause serious side effects, including:
    • serious allergic reactions. Call your healthcare provider or get emergency medical care if you get any of the following symptoms of a serious allergic reaction:
      • rash
      • hives
      • swelling of the face, mouth, and tongue
      • breathing problems
    • sudden breathing problems immediately after inhaling your medicine
    • effects on heart
      • increased blood pressure
      • a fast and irregular heartbeat
      • chest pain
    • effects on nervous system
      • tremor
      • nervousness
    • reduced adrenal function (may result in loss of energy)
    • changes in blood (sugar, potassium, certain types of white blood cells)
    • weakened immune system and a higher chance of infections. You should avoid exposure to chickenpox and measles, and, if exposed, consult your healthcare provider without delay. Worsening of existing tuberculosis, fungal, bacterial, viral, or parasitic infections, or ocular herpes simplex may occur.
    • lower bone mineral density. This may be a problem for people who already have a higher chance of low bone density (osteoporosis).
    • eye problems including glaucoma and cataracts. You should have regular eye exams while using ADVAIR.
    • slowed growth in children. A child's growth should be checked often.
    • ADVAIR HFA can cause throat tightness.
  • Common side effects of ADVAIR DISKUS for asthma include:
    • upper respiratory tract infection
    • throat irritation
    • hoarseness and voice changes
    • thrush in the mouth and throat
    • bronchitis
    • cough
    • headache
    • nausea and vomiting

    In children with asthma, infections in the ear, nose, and throat are common.

  • Common side effects of ADVAIR HFA for asthma include:
    • upper respiratory tract infection
    • throat irritation
    • hoarseness and voice changes
    • headache
    • dizziness
    • nausea and vomiting
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