COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a progressive disease that makes it hard to breathe. Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of COPD. Medication can help open the airways and make it easier to breathe.
To treat symptoms of COPD such as persistent cough and breathlessness and to prevent flare-ups (worsening of symptoms for several days).
Advair Diskus is NOT approved to treat attacks of wheezing
Who might consider taking it?
Adults with COPD (chronic lung diseases including chronic bronchitis and emphysema)
What is not known
No specific issues
LONG TRACK RECORD
Long track record means that new‚ unexpected side effects are unlikely. Advair Diskus was originally approved by FDA for asthma in 2000 and approved for COPD in 2003. Since Advair Diskus has now been used by large numbers of people over a long time‚ the emergence of important 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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