Advair HFA Inhaler

Name: Advair HFA Inhaler

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Advair HFA Inhaler?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take this medicine. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • It may take 1 week to see the full effect.
  • If you have high blood sugar (diabetes), talk with your doctor. This medicine may raise blood sugar.
  • Call your doctor right away if your breathing problems get worse, if your rescue inhaler does not work as well, or if you need to use your rescue inhaler more often.
  • When changing from an oral steroid to another form of a steroid, there may be very bad and sometimes deadly side effects. Signs like weakness, feeling tired, dizziness, upset stomach, throwing up, not thinking clearly, or low blood sugar may happen. Call your doctor right away if you have any of these signs. If you have a bad injury, have surgery, or any type of infection, you may need extra doses of oral steroids. These extra steroids will help your body deal with these stresses. Carry a warning card saying that there may be times when you may need extra steroids.
  • Long-term use may raise the chance of cataracts or glaucoma. Talk with the doctor.
  • Have your eye pressure checked if you are on Advair HFA Inhaler for a long time. Talk with your doctor.
  • This medicine may cause weak bones (osteoporosis) with long-term use. Talk with your doctor to see if you have a higher chance of weak bones or if you have any questions.
  • Have a bone density test as you have been told by your doctor. Talk with your doctor.
  • You may have more chance of getting an infection. Wash hands often. Stay away from people with infections, colds, or flu.
  • Chickenpox and measles can be very bad or even deadly in some people taking steroid drugs like this medicine. Avoid being near anyone with chickenpox or measles if you have not had these health problems before. If you have been exposed to chickenpox or measles, talk with your doctor.
  • Do not take more of Advair HFA Inhaler or use it more often than you have been told. Deaths have happened when too much of this type of drug has been taken. Talk with your doctor.
  • If you are 65 or older, use this medicine with care. You could have more side effects.
  • Use with care in children. Talk with the doctor.
  • This medicine may affect growth in children and teens in some cases. They may need regular growth checks. Talk with the doctor.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using Advair HFA Inhaler (fluticasone and salmeterol inhaler) while you are pregnant.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.

How is this medicine (Advair HFA Inhaler) best taken?

Use this medicine as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • Follow how to use as you have been told by the doctor or read the package insert.
  • To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.
  • Keep using Advair HFA Inhaler as you have been told by your doctor or other health care provider, even if you feel well.
  • Use this medicine at the same time of day.
  • For breathing in only.
  • Shake well before use.
  • Prepare puffer (inhaler) before first use, when puffer has not been used for more than 4 weeks, or if it is dropped. Spray 4 test sprays into the air. Shake well before each test spray.
  • Put the cap back on after you are done using your dose.
  • This medicine may catch on fire. Do not use near an open flame or while smoking.
  • This puffer (inhaler) has a dose counter to keep track of how many doses are left. Throw the inhaler away when the dose counter has a 0 in it.
  • Have your puffer (inhaler) use checked with your doctor at each visit. Read and follow facts on how to use the puffer. Make sure you use the puffer the right way.
  • Rinse out mouth after each use. Do not swallow the rinse water. Spit it out.
  • If using more than 1 type of puffer (inhaler), ask the doctor which puffer to use first.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
  • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Signs of infection like fever, chills, very bad sore throat, ear or sinus pain, cough, more sputum or change in color of sputum, pain with passing urine, mouth sores, or wound that will not heal.
  • Signs of high blood sugar like confusion, feeling sleepy, more thirst, more hungry, passing urine more often, flushing, fast breathing, or breath that smells like fruit.
  • Signs of low potassium levels like muscle pain or weakness, muscle cramps, or a heartbeat that does not feel normal.
  • Signs of a weak adrenal gland like a very bad upset stomach or throwing up, very bad dizziness or passing out, muscle weakness, feeling very tired, mood changes, not hungry, or weight loss.
  • Chest pain or pressure or a fast heartbeat.
  • Feeling nervous and excitable.
  • Shakiness.
  • Change in how you act.
  • Change in eyesight.
  • A burning, numbness, or tingling feeling that is not normal.
  • Choking.
  • Change in voice.
  • Seizures.
  • Bone pain.
  • Very bad dizziness.
  • Very bad headache.
  • Not able to sleep.
  • Feeling very tired or weak.
  • Vaginal itching or discharge.
  • Weight gain.
  • Mouth irritation or mouth sores.
  • Redness or white patches in mouth or throat.
  • This medicine can cause very bad breathing problems right after you take a dose. Sometimes, this may be life-threatening. If you have trouble breathing, breathing that is worse, wheezing, or coughing after using Advair HFA Inhaler, use a rescue inhaler and get medical help right away.

If OVERDOSE is suspected

If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

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