Medication information

Advair 25+250mcg metered inh.

This product contains two medications that act on the bronchi. Typically, it is used to control asthma and prevent crisis or for the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Its effects can be felt within a few minutes.

Instructions

To use this inhaler, follow these steps:

  • remove the cap and shake the inhaler well with the mouthpiece down;
  • tilt your head back slightly;
  • slowly breathe all the way out;
  • place the mouthpiece in your mouth between your teeth and close your lips around it -- do not bite it;
  • start to breathe in, then press down on the canister once, while continuing to breathe in slowly and deeply;
  • hold your breath for 10 seconds then breathe out slowly;
  • if you have been instructed to use more than one puff, wait 30 seconds before repeating the above steps.


If you find it difficult to use this technique, ask your pharmacist for a spacer device; these devices make using an inhaler much easier. Clean your inhaler once a week.

This medication is typically used twice a day. However, your doctor or pharmacist may have suggested a different schedule that is more appropriate for you. Use it regularly and continuously to maintain its beneficial effects.

It must be used regularly and continuously to maintain its beneficial effects. Be sure to keep an adequate supply on hand. It is not advisable to stop using this product suddenly, particularly if you have been on it for several weeks. If you are considering stopping the medication, talk to your doctor or pharmacist first.

Using this product may cause throat irritation and coughing. You can avoid these problems by thoroughly rinsing your mouth and gargling after each dose. If you forget a dose, take it as soon as you remember -- unless it is almost time for your next dose. In that case, skip the missed dose. Do not double the next dose to catch up.

Side effects

In addition to its desired action, this medication may cause some side effects, notably:

  • it may cause an infection of the mouth or throat, known as thrush;
  • it may cause headaches;
  • it may cause hoarseness;
  • it may cause palpitations (rapid and strong heart beat);
  • it may irritate your throat;
  • it may cause shakiness.

Each person may react differently to a treatment. If you think this medication may be causing side effects (including those described here, or others), talk to your doctor or pharmacist. He or she can help you to determine whether or not the medication is the source of the problem.

Storage

This product is sensitive to heat. Store it at room temperature, in a secure location where it will not be exposed to excessive heat, moisture or direct sunlight. Make sure that any leftover portion is disposed of safely.

General notes

When meeting with any health professional, it is important for you to share the following information:

  • Your medical history and allergies (medication, food, or other);
  • If you smoke, are pregnant, are planning a pregnancy, or are breastfeeding;
  • The names of all the medications you take, whether you take them regularly or once in a while, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and natural health products.


It is also strongly recommended that you keep an up-to-date list of all the medications you take and carry it with you at all times. This could be useful if you have to see a health professional or need emergency care.

Keep all your medications out of the reach of children and pets and return any unused or expired medications to the pharmacy for proper disposal.