Highlights for fluticasone-salmeterol
- Fluticasone/salmeterol inhalation powder is available as brand-name drugs. It isn’t available as a generic drug. Brand names: Advair Diskus, AirDuo RespiClick.
- Fluticasone/salmeterol comes in two forms: an inhalation powder and an inhalation aerosol.
- Fluticasone/salmeterol inhalation powder is used to treat asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
- Asthma warning: Adults with asthma who take drugs such as salmeterol alone have an increased risk of death from asthma problems. Also, children and adolescents with asthma who take salmeterol alone may have an increased risk of being hospitalized due to asthma. However, in clinical trials, people who took salmeterol with drugs such as fluticasone didn’t have these effects.
- Usage warning: This drug doesn’t relieve sudden symptoms of asthma or COPD, such as sudden shortness of breath. Always have a rescue inhaler with you to treat sudden symptoms. If you don’t have a rescue inhaler, ask your doctor to prescribe one for you.v
- Warning to seek emergency help: If your breathing problems get worse quickly or if your rescue inhaler doesn’t relieve your breathing problems, seek emergency medical help right away.
- Thrush warning: This drug may put you at risk of thrush (a fungal infection in your mouth or throat). To lower your risk of thrush, you should rinse your mouth out with water without swallowing after using this drug.
Fluticasone/salmeterol is a prescription drug. It comes in two forms: inhalation powder and inhalation aerosol.
Fluticasone/salmeterol inhalation powder is available as the brand-name drugs Advair Diskus and AirDuo RespiClick. It isn’t available as a generic drug.
Fluticasone/salmeterol is a combination of two drugs, fluticasone and salmeterol, in a single form. It’s important to know both drugs in the combination because each drug may affect you in a different way.
Fluticasone/salmeterol may be used as part of a combination therapy. This means you may need to take it with other medications.
Why it’s used
Fluticasone/salmeterol contains two drugs that work in different ways to treat asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
How it works
Fluticasone belongs to a class of drugs called inhaled corticosteroids. Salmeterol belongs to a class of drugs called long-acting beta-adrenergic agonists. A class of drugs is a group of medications that work in a similar way. These drugs are often used to treat similar conditions.
Fluticasone helps decrease inflammation in your lungs to help you breathe better.
Salmeterol helps the muscles around the airways in your lungs stay relaxed. This prevents symptoms such as wheezing, cough, chest tightness, and shortness of breath. This can help you breathe better.