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3/12/14 1:41 P

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I too developed allergies and asthma in my 40s. I have had good luck with juicing using organic carrots, apples, parsley, fresh ginger and garlic. I try to have an 8 ounce glass per day. More when I am sick. Also very careful with food additives.

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3/12/14 1:38 P

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I did not do as well on advair but glad it works for you. Flovent has been pretty effective but I have noticed a cough when using it since they began giving me a generic brand. Anyone else notice this with the generic Flovent?

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1/17/14 1:31 P

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I have been using Advair 100/50 for the last couple of years with no side effects that I know of. Apart from a couple of bad allergy seasons, the Advair has been very effective and I rarely use a rescue inhaler. My lung function has improved so I've been 'stepped down' to Flovent -- we'll see how that goes.

@PWITHROW -- if your symptoms are still not under control you need to figure out what your triggers are. It's a big world and there are tons of 'harmless' things that do bad things to sensitive lungs. Pets for sure, perfumes, room fresheners, cleaning agents, etc. It could easily be something you've been using/doing for years and now it's a problem. You really need to be a detective to figure these things out. Keeping a diary really helps. What did you eat, what did you do, where did you go?
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I am in my mid forties, and fairly new to asthma. I am using singulair, advair, and proair inhaler, but I am still having trouble with wheezing. Does anyone have a suggestion of anything else I can do to help get this under control? I appreciate any helpful suggestions. Thanks!

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10/10/13 1:21 P

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I too use Advair with good results. I find if I go for a period of time without it, my asthma suffers.

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10/4/13 10:18 P

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I have been using Advair for asthma for /years/, with no adverse side effects to speak of, and it controls it well. I have nothing to complain of.

If I start to slack off about taking it, it takes about 3 days to a week until I start feeling those out of breath and wheezy asthma symptoms, so it's definitely working.

I'm also prescribed Albuterol for 'emergencies' and pre-exercise.

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I had to stop Advair. I was feeling tightness in my chest and lots of dizziness. I was also sweating a lot.

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reading all of the side effects, I am glad I cannot afford the $450 advair for three week supply.. I could not use it after the samples ran out,, no co-pays and almost $20/day is too rich for me. I use albuterol, meditation..

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I just switched to Advair 500 this week. I was on Symbicort since May and noticed weight gain and severe fatigue. I was falling asleep every afternoon and feeling lightheaded a lot.

I was tested this week and the doctor said there was no change in my results so the Symbicort must be working. He said that weight gain is not a side-effect. I forgot to mention the fatigue and lightheadedness. I decided to try Advair. I noticed that my knees seem to feel like there some inflammation but I'm not sure if it's caused by the Advair or the fact that I've been eating a lot of tomatoes lately. I will lay off the tomatoes for a few days and see what happens.

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My doctor just put me on Advair (twice a day) I am also on Spiriva. I was happy to find this page, very interesting. Thank you all for posting..

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My doctors have me take Dulera twice every morning and every night. It has a steroid in it that makes my hands shake so bad I can't use them until it stops. It does help me breath though, if I forget to take it I have asthma attacks all day. But it is a 12 hour inhaler, I also have Proair for my emergency inhaler. I was taking Singulair at night but it would be wide awake for hours. I haven't had any weight gain problems on these inhalers, but I'm also a strict vegetarian. Also if any of you have a gym with a sauna or steam use it. It's the only environment I can actually get a full deep breaths in =/ but it helps to use them before and after a workout, keeps the weezing and the asthma attacks at bay.

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I was at my goal weight of 115# when they took Primatene mist off of the market in Dec 2010. I am stage 4 COPD. After a severe episode and the predisone series, the doctor put me on Advair 250/50 and albuteral. Within one week I had gained 9#. Ended up with pneumonia and more predisone. I am now on Singulair, Advair 250/50, and albuteral. I weighed 170.4# this morning. I cannot continue like this. What diet have you found to be effective to reverse (if any) this trend? Help!


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3/21/13 6:12 A

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I guess I am one of those rare people who cannot take Advair. I had very bad reactions. I find for me that I do better doing the breathing machine.

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1/15/13 7:34 A

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I have been using Advair and Sinulair for years. They really keep my asthma in control. I don't know what I would do without them. Zyrtec is also a God send.

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1/10/13 10:10 P

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i'm on zyrtec, singulair and advair if i dont take my advair i know it
i am glad i'm on it


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I was using Advair which was working fine but it gave me heart palpitations. So my allergy doctor gave me Flovent. Seems to working fine too.

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I was using Advair but I have been switched to Synbicort which seems to be helping me more

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10/8/12 3:08 A

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Generic for Advair Diskus is a bronchodilator and corticosteroid drug used to control the symptoms of asthma and prevent asthma attacks. This oral inhalation drug is a combination medication that contains Fluticasone and Salmeterol, which decreases swelling and relaxes muscles in the airways in order to improve breathing. To know more visit http://www.internationaldrugmart.com/advai
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Hi AMETHYST_FAIRY and thanks for the comment. You're definitely right, arming yourself with info is very important, especially before proceeding with medications. I did a lot of online research before I started the Advair several months ago, and the real-person anecdotal info that I got from team members here on SparkPeople was invaluable. I'm actually in the midst of another asthma adventure now - turns out I have silent reflux irritating the asthma. I don't like taking too much medication so I've also been seeking out non-medicinal treatments for GERD. Thanks again for the info and I'm happy to hear that you're feeling better as well!

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Hi KKSTEIGERWALD
Thanks for the well wishes. I am finally back on the mend. Went back to work Monday. I wholeheartedly agree that everybody is different. We are all unique. I totally agree all medications vary by person. Sometimes one works for one won't work for the other. And sometimes what has worked stops working. I have been on advair for years and this year it just didn't work as usual now trying symbicort which seems to be doing a good job so far. Everybody's body and chemistry is different. I wanted to explain the black box warning thing because people get really scared about it. Here is the most recent update to the recommendations for steroid w/ a long acting broncodilator. http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/Postma
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There are multiple doses but the doses of diskus and the hfa match in the end so there is only really 3 strengths 100/50, 250/50, and 500/50 the HFA doses are different but are an equivalent in the end. Reason they do HFA is some people are really sensitive to the powder and get thrush very easily. (Always remember to rinse after inhalers especially steroid ones :) I always say arm your self with information and make the best choice for you. And we are all different so no one shoe is going to fit everybody.
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I think you're right, it does vary person to person. From what I've been reading in the responses it also varies by the dose. Advair has about 6 different doses between the HFA and Diskus so I think that makes a difference as well.

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I think it's different for everyone. It seems many here have had success with it, but I personally spent almost a year on it at the age of 17 and it seemed to have absolutely no effect on me. My only cure is good old salbutamol!

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Hi and thanks for the response. I'm sorry to hear how poorly you're feeling (I also read your post on the Introduction page). I really hope you're feeling better soon. I've been doing so much better since I decided to start the Advair. The responses I got from this site is what helped me make the decision, and I'm happy that I did. Please take care and feel better soon!

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Hi,
I am on advair and is the only controller medicine that works usually not having good time right now. Think I need to go up to 500/50 this season is killing me, been on and off prednisone tapers recently. I am a nurse and went to some of the education on advair when one of the asthma practices this way did a study. You have to understand servent got a black box warning because if not taken with a steroid it has a increase risk of sudden asthmatic death. What would happen is asthmatics would take the servent because it would make them breathe better forget their steroid inhaler and that is when they would get into trouble. One of the asthma clinics out here did a study of just servent alone versus servent w/steroid but had to quite it because to many people were having severe sudden asthma attacks on servent only. So that is why they made advair so it has the steriod already built in so you can't forget it and run in to trouble. Both a steroid and a long acting bronchodilator are good controllers they just need to be taken together if you take them. Now adviar still carries a black box warning because once a medication gets a black box warning it always has it even if you change the preparation. As long as it is an ingredient it will always have the black box warning. There is also a new combo inhaler called symbicort but also has the same warning. Hope this helps. Remember it can take a couple weeks to really know if it making a difference. Hope you feel better soon know how much asthma can suck sometimes.
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That's a good tip - thank you! I hope that your asthma is under better control now. It seems like it is from your response.

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I spent the first 35 years of my life living for my asthma. No matter where I went, what I did, how I did it, asthma was always in the back of my mind. Well into my 20's the only thing that really helped was massive doses of adrenaline, not good! I'll take the sore throat hoarness any day! What helps me is exhaling through my nose and taking the advair right before I brush my teeth.

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That's good to know - thank you!

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I have exercise-induced asthma, and my allergist has me take Advair twice a day whenever I'm congested, or just before exercising if my allergies are acting up (but I'm not congested). When I use it as prescribed, it works; since I don't take it daily, I sometimes forget to when I should.

I asked my allergist about the warnings. He said that's mostly for people with serious conditions like COPD or Emphysema.

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i'm glad that you found relief with it! of course there are concerns with any medication that you can go to you doctor about. but everyone reacts differently as well.

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Thank you MELMARIEMIL! Since I've been on the Advair now I am definitely noticing an improvement. I use my rescue inhaler less, my cardio stamina is back up, and I'm breathing and feeling better. The warnings really concerned me at first but after getting so much positive feedback here from fellow team members I tried it and I'm glad I did!

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I too was taking Advair - and then due to the loss of a job and my insurance had to give up on using it... my asthma definitely got worse and I was using a rescue inhaler more frequently... then I discovered the Bridges to Access program and now get my Advair for free through Glaxo Smith Kline and have been able to take my 250/50 dose more consistently - and now only need my rescue inhaler infrequently. I definitely notice a huge difference when using Advair and was also alarmed at the warnings but figured I was ok since I had been taking it ok for a while

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MONSOIA, I'm sorry to hear you had such bad side effects with the Advair. I din't know the dosing even went that high. It's good to hear that you're doing better now. I'm also on the 250/50 like TweetyKCOO and no albuterol. I've been taking the Advair now for several weeks and definitely feel an improvement. Thank you all for your responses!

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wow, that is a really big dosage of Advair! i'm on the 250/50 because i'm on a steroid that was helping my asthma as well as other problems, but the dose on that has been reduced and so my breathing has gotten worse. it all depends on your situation at the time.

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I'm one of the people who had really bad side effects from Advair, but that doesn't mean you will. I was taking 500/50 for about two months. Then I felt like I was having a heart attack (pain in arm and chest and heart palpitations) and like something was trying to nail me into the ground from the front of my head.

However, my doctor said the reason was that Advair did not control my asthma well enough for me to not take a lot of albuterol. I was still taking max dose of albuterol everyday, and my docotor said that the stuff in Advair and Symbicort is not meant to be taken with consistent high doses of albuterol.

Now I'm on Flovent and it seems to work okay. No palpitations or head pressure. Good luck! I know lots of people who use advair and it works for them.


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Thanks for the advice - I make sure that I rinse really well afterwards because it feels like it leaves a residue in my mouth. Thank you all; I really feel a lot better about taking Advair now!

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I take Advair (several years ago, I took 250/50 - currently taking 100/50) and yes, the warning is pretty frightening. The thing to remember, though, is that the warning states that the risk is in taking Salmeterol alone. Advair is a combination inhaler - it has the Salmeterol (the LABA), but it also has the fluticasone (the steroid) in it. While I'm not crazy about the side effects and risks, I feel safer knowing that Advair is safer than Serevent (which is only Salmeterol).

My heart is racing more since I re-started the Advair and I noticed that I had a sore spot on the side of my mouth. Also, make sure that you rinse your mouth really well after you take your dose. Asthma control meds have been linked to tooth decay - I experience a lot of tooth decay of my molars when I was on the 250/50 several years ago. Also, rinsing will help you avoid thrush, too.

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my triggers are all over the map and i'm not only on advair and me rescue inhaler, but i'm taking another med for my skin that can effect my breathing. half the time my body can't make up it's own mind what to do!!

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There is an "asthma control test" that you can give yourself to see if you need to go back to the doctor sooner.

www.asthmacontrol.com/

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He told me to come back in the fall for a recheck.

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I am fortunate and have mild asthma so Advair put it under control immediately. I still occassionally have to supliment with my rescue inhaler when my PF readings are low. Do you have another appointment to see your doctor? It helps a lot to bring in a detailed history of your peak flow readings twice a day when you go.

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How soon after you started taking advair did your asthma get under control? I have been on it since February and it is still not under control.

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Thank you both!

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I have been using Advair for a couple of years now and believe that it has really helped my asthma. I have never had any problem with a sore throat or mouth problems, always rinsing my mouth after using it. A suggestion from the doctor's office was to exhale through my nose after using the Advair.

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I've been on Advair for many years now. I never have asthma attacks anymore. Recently, I tried to go off of it for a week. Bad decision. I had asthma constantly. Not even my rescue inhaler seemed to help. I'm back on it now. No asthma! I feel like I don't have asthma at all when I'm on it.

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Thank you all VERY much! It really helps to hear from people who are using it.

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I use Advair too. I like it, but had problems with sore throat and hoarseness too. My doctor cut back on the steroid component of it to the lowest available dose and the problem went away after about a week. I've also learned that it helps if after I gargle and spit, to take a couple swallows of water. It gets the residue out of the back of my mouth so less ends up on my vocal chords. My asthma is well under control with it, and I've noticed that my running times have recently started improving. I attribute that (in part) to the Advair keeping my lungs in better shape. It is well worth it to me to take it.

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4/29/10 11:24 A

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Same for me. I've been using it for three years and I can breath deeply now and have had only 2 or 3 easily manageable attacks during that time.

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4/29/10 11:15 A

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I am on Advair and you're right, the warnings are pretty frightening, but it does work. The only side-effect I have noticed is a mild sore throat at first from the powder residue, partly from not drinking enough after the inhalation, but also early in the treatment you can't take a deep enough breath to get it into your lungs so it settles in your throat and wind-pipe. As the asthma begins to improve, more and more gets to where it's suppose to go and the sore throat resolves itself. Hang in there, it does get better

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My asthma is not under control and my doc wants me to start using Advair. At 1st I said no because I read the Salmeterol study, but I'm not getting substantial relief or control with anything else and I'm tired of feeling this way. Is anyone else on Advair and how do you feel about it? How's it working for you? Are you feeling any side effects? Did it make a difference from other daily control medications?

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