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Advair HFA is inhalant medication that contains the corticosteroid Fluticasone to reduce swelling in the airway along, and Salmeterol a long-acting beta agonist to help open the airway to the lungs. This medication is used as an add on treatment when the patients asthma is not fully controlled by their current medication. Available in 115/21 (125mcg/25mcg) and 230/21 (250mcg/25mcg) Advair HFA strength.
This inhaler should be used twice a day with 12 hours apart from each inhalation. If other inhaler medications are being used to control the patients asthma, make sure the Advair HFA inhaler is used last with at least a minute between inhalations.
To use the your Advair HFA inhaler remove the cap and with a firm grip on the inhaler shake for 5-10 seconds. When inhaling make sure to avoid blocking the mouth piece with your tongue or teeth. Empty your lungs by breathing out and put the mouth piece around your lips. Push the top of the canister all the way down while breathing in through your mouth. Hold your breath for about 5-10 seconds and then breath out. To prevent mouth infection rinse your mouth out using water making to spit without swallowing
This medication does not work right away to provide sudden relief of asthma symptoms and is used as an add on treatment when the patients primary asthma controller medication is not enough. It can take up to a week of constant Advair HFA use to feel the full benefit of the medication. When used evenly twice a day Advair HFA should be able to to provide long lasting asthma relief. If the patient has a quick relief inhaler like albuterol, it is recommended to use that inhaler medication only for immediate asthma relief.
You should clean your Advair HFA inhaler once a week to avoid a build of medication residue. To clean your inhaler remove the cap, and clean the small opening with a dampened tissue or cloth. Place the cap back on the inhaler once it has had time to completely dry.
While taking Advair HFA monitor your health for symptoms of pneumonia, tuberculosis, or systemic infections and consult your doctor for acute symptoms that arise while taking Advair HFA.
Rinsing your mouth out with water is recommended to prevent candida infections in the mouth. Patients using Advair HFA are at a higher risk for pneumonia, hypercorticism and adrenal suppression, a reduction in bone mineral density, and could effect the cardiovascular and central nervous system.
Other side effects include:
increased blood pressure, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, headache, throat irritation, dysphonia, change in heart rate, an irregular heartbeat, increased risk of osteoporosis, cataracts, and glaucoma.
Q: How should I store and dispose of this medication?
A: This inhaler medication should be stored at room temperature with the mouthpiece facing down. Make sure to avoid contact with eyes when using the medication, and keep away from children while storing Advair HFA. Because contents are under pressure be sure to avoid any heat and open flames. Exposure temperatures higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit may cause the canister to burst. The canister should be used until the counter reads 000 and can be disposed of at that point.
Q: What does HFA stand for?
A: HFA is the propellant for the inhaler and is short for Hydrofluoroalkane.
Q: I see Advair HFA 230/21 and 115/21, is there a difference?
A: Yes, the difference is in the dose. Advair HFA 230/21 provides 230 mcg of Fluticasone and 21mcg of Salmeterol while Advair HFA 115/21 provides 115mcg of Fluticasone and 21mcg of Salmeterol. Your doctor will be able to recommend the right dose amount based on your current asthma condition.
Q: What happens if Advair HFA does not work?
A: Advair HFA can take up to a week to reach maximum effect and should be used regularly twice a day. Make sure to not increase your dose and consult with a doctor before stopping treatment with Advair HFA.
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