The Advair Diskus is used to treat airway spasms that are caused by asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Unlike older, traditional inhalers -- which used chlorofluorocarbons as propellants -- this one does not contain any propellants. Instead, the medicine it contains is inhaled using your own breath, making it an environmentally-friendly inhaler. It is generally used twice a day, with about 12 hours between doses. Side effects can include headaches, a sore throat, and coughing.
What Is the Advair Diskus?The Advair Diskus® (fluticasone and salmeterol) is a prescription medication used to treat airway spasms (called bronchospasms) caused by asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Advair comes in two forms, the Advair Diskus and the Advair® HFA inhaler. The Advair Diskus is a new kind of dry powder inhaler.
Technology of the Advair Diskus
Many of the older, traditional inhalers are being taken off the market because they contain chlorofluorocarbons as propellants. Chlorofluorocarbons are substances that deplete the ozone layer. In response, several new types of inhalers have been developed. The Advair Diskus was among the first of these types of inhalers. The Advair Diskus is a dry powder inhaler. It contains dry Advair powder in small foil pockets within the Advair Diskus. These pockets are punctured (by sliding the lever until it clicks), and the powder is inhaled using your own breath. This system eliminates the need for propellants, which makes the inhaler environmentally friendly.
People who are accustomed to using traditional inhalers will need to adjust to using this inhaler. The Advair Diskus never needs to be shaken. It must be kept horizontal during use. Many people do not notice a taste when using it (since most of the taste of inhalers is due to the propellant). Even if you do not taste or feel the powder, you can be assured that you have received a dose. Many people find that the Advair Diskus is easier to use than a traditional inhaler, since traditional inhalers require coordination of breathing in while the inhaler is sprayed.