Disk, Powder Under Pressure, Liquid Under Pressure
Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Your dose may need to be changed several times in order to find out what works best for you. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to. Using too much medicine can cause serious side effects.
This medicine should come with a Medication Guide. Read and follow these instructions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions. Ask your pharmacist for the Medication Guide if you do not have one. Your doctor might ask you to sign some forms to show that you understand this information.
Advair Diskus® and Advair® HFA are used with other medicines to treat your breathing problems. Use all other medicines your doctor has prescribed as part of your combination treatment. Keep using these medicines for the full treatment time, even if you feel better after the first few doses.
Advair Diskus® is a powder that is used with its own special inhaler device. Individually measured doses of the powder are held in a foil blister package that is placed into the Diskus®. The Diskus® pierces (pokes a hole) in each blister one at a time to load the correct dose into the chamber when you are ready to use the medicine. Do not use the Diskus® with a spacer.
If you use the Advair Diskus® form: Keep the Diskus® inhaler closed when you are not using it. Keep the inhaler dry at all times. Do not blow into it.
If you use the Advair Diskus® form: Before inhaling your dose, breathe out fully, trying to get as much air out of the lungs as possible. Hold the Diskus® level and away from your mouth.
If you use the Advair Diskus® form: Open your mouth and breathe in quickly and deeply through the Diskus®. Do not breathe in through your nose. Remove the Diskus® from your mouth. Hold your breath for about 10 seconds or as long as possible, then breathe out slowly.
Advair® HFA is a liquid. You will use this medicine with a device called a metered-dose inhaler. The inhaler fits on the medicine canister and turns the medicine into a fine spray that you breathe in through your mouth and to your lungs. You may be told to use a spacer, which is a tube that is placed between the inhaler and your mouth. Your caregiver will show you how to use your inhaler and the spacer (if needed).
If you use the Advair® HFA form: Shake the inhaler well just before each use. Avoid spraying this medicine into your eyes.
If you use the Advair® HFA form: Test spray in the air before using for the first time or if the inhaler has not been used for a while.
If you use the Advair® HFA form: To inhale this medicine, breathe out fully, trying to get as much air out of the lungs as possible. Put the mouthpiece just in front of your mouth with the canister upright.
If you use the Advair® HFA form: Open your mouth and breathe in slowly and deeply (like yawning), and at the same time firmly press down on the top of the canister once.
If you use the Advair® HFA form: Hold your breath for about 5 to 10 seconds, then breathe out slowly.
If you use the Advair® HFA form: If you are supposed to use more than one puff, wait 1 to 2 minutes before inhaling the second puff. Repeat these steps for the next puff, starting with shaking the inhaler.
When you have finished all your inhalations, rinse your mouth out with water.
If a dose is missed:
If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
Keep the medicine in the foil pouch until you are ready to use it. Store at room temperature, away from heat and direct light. Do not freeze.
Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of the used medicine container and any leftover medicine. You will also need to throw away old medicine after the expiration date has passed. Throw the Advair Diskus® away 1 month after it is removed from the foil pouch or after all the blisters have been used.
Keep all medicine away from children and never share your medicine with anyone.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
This medicine should not be used together with similar inhaled medicines such as arformoterol (Brovana?), budesonide/formoterol (Symbicort®), formoterol (Foradil®, Perforomist?), or salmeterol (Serevent®).
Make sure your doctor knows if you have used medicine for depression (such as amitriptyline, doxepin, nortriptyline, Elavil®, Pamelor®, Sinequan®) or an MAO inhibitor (such as Eldepryl®, Marplan®, Nardil®, Parnate®) within the past 2 weeks.
Tell your doctor if you are using medicine to treat depression (such as nefazodone, Serzone®), medicine to treat an infection (such as clarithromycin, itraconazole, ketoconazole, telithromycin, Biaxin®, Ketek®, Nizoral® Sporanox®), or medicine to treat HIV or AIDS (such as atazanavir, indinavir, nelfinavir, ritonavir, saquinavir, Crixivan®, Fortovase®, Invirase®, Kaletra®, Norvir®, Reyataz®, Viracept®).
Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using any diuretics or "water pills" (such as furosemide, hydrochlorothiazide [HCTZ], torsemide, Demadex®, Lasix®) or blood pressure medicines (such as atenolol, metoprolol, propranolol, Inderal®, Tenormin®, Toprol®).
Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have heart problems, high blood pressure, or seizures. Tell your doctor if you have thyroid problems, diabetes, liver problems, herpes simplex in your eye, tuberculosis, osteoporosis, or any type of infection.
This should not be the first medicine you use for asthma. It should only be used along with other asthma medicines such as corticosteroids that are taken by mouth or inhaled (cortisone, prednisone, Azmacort®, Cortone®, Deltasone®, Flovent®, Prelone®, Pediapred®, Vanceril®).
Before you start using this medicine, tell your doctor if your breathing problems have been worse recently. Tell your doctor if you have had to use more medicine to help your breathing, or if you have been to the emergency room lately for breathing problems.
This medicine will not stop an asthma attack that has already started. You should have another medicine to use in case of an acute asthma attack or for sudden COPD flare-ups.
If any of your asthma medicines do not seem to be working as well as usual, call your doctor right away. Do not change your doses or stop using your medicines without asking your doctor.
You may get infections more easily while using this medicine. Tell your doctor right away if you have been exposed to chickenpox or measles.
Patients with COPD may be more likely to have pneumonia. Call your doctor right away if you start having increased sputum production, change in sputum color, fever, chills, increased cough, or increased breathing problems.
Your doctor will need to check your progress at regular visits while you are using this medicine. Be sure to keep all appointments. You should have regular eye exams while using this medicine.