Advair review

Advair is a medication for the prevention of asthma attacks. It contains the steroid fluticasone that prevents release of certain substances causing inflammation, as well as the bronchodilator salmeterol, which relaxes the muscles in the airways.

Advair is likewise effective in the prevention of flare-ups associated with emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

Advair was issued with a precautionary warning by the FDA because of studies regarding the safety of using salmeterol. One of the studies showed probability of hospitalization due to asthma and even risk of death among those who took salmeterol.

Advair is inhaled by mouth. Doctors usually recommend that Advair is taken once in the morning, and once in the evening. Ideally, Advair should be taken at least 12 hours apart. It is normal for patients to feel or taste the drug. Patients should never exhale while using the device, or apply with a spacer. Patients should not wash any area of the device particularly the mouthpiece.

After using the medication, patients must gargle and rinse their mouth. The rinsed water must not be swallowed.

Dosage varies on the medical condition and the response of the body to the medication. Patients must use the drug regularly in order to get full treatment. However, patients are advised not to take it more than what is prescribed. Taking Advair more than twice a day can increase chances of side effects.

Advair usually takes a week or two before it completely treats asthma attacks. Patients should consult their doctors if their conditions do not improve after a couple of weeks of using Advair.

In case a patient misses a dose, just skip it and take on the next schedule dose. They should not double their dosage of Advair just to catch up.

Patients should inform their doctor of any history of allergy particularly to lactose, and medical history such as osteoporosis, high blood pressure, anxiety, diabetes, and heart problems.

The use of Advair can make patients dizzy, thus patients are advised to be more cautious when driving. Intake of alcoholic beverages must be lessened.

Patients may have problems producing natural steroid if they switched from using oral corticosteroid to using Advair. Taking more corticosteroids may be needed to address this problem, especially if patients are stressed due to surgery and injury.

Doctors advise extreme caution when using Advair among children. There is a remote risk of slowing down the physical growth of children when they use Advair.

Advair may result to side effects such as irritation of the throat, hoarseness, upset stomach, nervousness, irregular heartbeat, headache, and dry mouth. Dry mouth can be remedied by sucking on ice chips, hard candy, and gum and drinking lots of water.

In case any of the abovementioned side effects worsen, patients must contact their doctors immediately.

Some of the more serious cases of side effects may include increased amount of urination, blurred eyesight, severe cramps, and white patches on the tongue. These side effects however are remotely possible. In case any of these side effects appear, patients should immediately inform their physicians.

In case a patient misses a dose, just skip it and take on the next schedule dose. They should not double their dosage of Advair just to catch up.

Advair has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of advair

• Molecular formula of advair is C25H31F3O5S
• Chemical IUPAC Name is [6,9-difluoro-17-(fluoromethylsulfanylcarbonyl)-11-hydroxy-10,13,16-trimethyl-3-oxo-6,7, 8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17-dodecahydrocyclopenta[a]phenanthren-17-yl]propanoate
• Molecular weight is 500.572 g/mol

Generic name: Fluticasone propionate

Brand name(s): Atemur, Cutivate, Flixonase, Flixotide, Flonase, Flovent, Flunase

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