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Salmeterol + Fluticasone Propionate

Salmeterol + Fluticasone Propionate


This product is used to control and prevent symptoms (wheezing and shortness of breath) caused by asthma or ongoing lung disease (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease-COPD, which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema). It contains 2 medications: fluticasone and salmeterol. Fluticasone belongs to a class of drugs known as corticosteroids. It works by reducing the irritation and swelling of the airways. Salmeterol belongs to the class of drugs known as long-acting beta agonists. It works by opening airways in the lungs to make breathing easier. Controlling symptoms of breathing problems can decrease time lost from work or school.

What is fluticasone-salmeterol?

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.

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.

More common side effects

The adult side effects for this drug are slightly different from the side effects for children. For all side effects, if they’re mild, they may go away within a few days or a couple of weeks. If they’re more severe or don’t go away, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

  • The more common side effects in adults can include:
  • upper respiratory tract infections
  • throat irritation
  • hoarseness, voice changes, and trouble speaking
  • thrush (fungal infections in your mouth or throat)
  • bronchitis
  • cough
  • headache
  • nausea and vomiting
  • muscle and bone pain
  • dizziness
  • pneumonia

Consumer information use

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • This medicine comes with an extra patient fact sheet called a Medication Guide. Read it with care. Read it again each time fluticasone and salmeterol inhaler is refilled. If you have any questions about fluticasone and salmeterol inhaler, please talk with the doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.