Advair is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat asthma in people four years of age and older. Advair is sometimes prescribed to treat respiratory symptoms in people with food allergies. Since the FDA has not approved Advair specifically for this usage, it may be considered “off-label.”
Advair is a combination drug containing both Fluticasone and Salmeterol. Fluticasone is a glucocorticoid steroid, a drug that suppresses the immune system. Fluticasone is believed to work by reducing inflammation in the lungs, lowering the risk of bronchospasm. Salmeterol is a long-acting bronchodilator, a drug that dilates the bronchi and bronchioles in the lungs, making it easier to breathe. Salmeterol is believed to work by relaxing smooth muscles in the airways.
How do I take it?Side effects
The FDA-approved label for Advair lists common side effects including cold symptoms, headache, sinus infection, and pain in the sinuses or throat.
Rare but serious side effects listed for Advair include chest pain or tightness, fast heartbeat, and swelling in the feet or ankles.
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