To treat asthma symptoms not adequately controlled on long-term asthma medicines such as steroid inhalers in adults and children age 4 and older
Advair Diskus is NOT approved to treat asthma attacks including severe prolonged attacks (status asthmaticus) or if asthma is rapidly worsening (for example, you need increasing doses of your short acting inhaler). Do not use Advair Diskus if asthma is well controlled on long-term asthma medicines such as steroid inhalers. Once asthma is controlled, Advair Diskus should be reduced and discontinued if possible due to the chance of asthma-related death from salmeterol, a long-acting beta agonist (LABA) which is a component of Advair Diskus.
Who might consider taking it?
Adults and children age 4 and older with severe asthma not adequately controlled with long-term medicines such as steroid inhalers
Only use Advair Diskus for asthma that is severe and persistent enough to need treatment with both an inhaled steroid and a long-acting beta agonist.
What is not known
No specific issues
LONG TRACK RECORD
Long track record means that new‚ unexpected side effects are unlikely. Advair Diskus was approved by FDA in 2000. Since Advair Diskus has now been used by large numbers of people over a long time‚ the emergence of rare but serious side effects is less likely than with new drugs.
No FDA-required studies at approval
Do not take if you...
Do not use Advair Diskus to treat asthma attacks including severe prolonged attacks (status asthmaticus) or if your asthma is getting rapidly worse (for example, you need increasing doses of your rescue inhaler)
Are allergic to milk proteins
Are allergic to Advair diskus or its ingredients
Take other medicines containing long-acting beta agonists (LABA)
Due to chance of overdose
Not recommended if you...
Take medicines called "strong CYP3A4 inhibitors"
Such as ritonavir, atazanavir, clarithromycin, indinavir, itraconazole, nefazodone, nelfinavir, saquinavir, ketoconazole, and telithromycin
Have active or inactive tuberculosis, untreated serious fungal, bacterial, viral or parasitic infections, or herpes simplex involving the eye
Take medicines called beta blockers unless there are no other choices - in which case, "non-cardioselective beta-blockers" are the better choice
Safe if pregnant or breastfeeding?
Only take if potential benefits outweigh potential harm to baby (FDA Category C)
Be cautious about breastfeeding - unknown if Advair Diskus gets into breast milk
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