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Forum Name: Asthma

Question: How long until Advair starts working???


 hogansmom - Mon Oct 10, 2005 12:59 pm

I've been having breathing problems (shortness of breath, coughing) for several months and have been diagnosed with GERD and mild asthma. The acid reflux is now under control with the use of Protonix and my doctor has just prescribed Advair to treat the asthma. I've been taking it twice a day for three days now and am still having episodes of breathing difficulty. How long does it take to notice improvement with Advair?
 R. Zein, Pharm D - Mon Oct 10, 2005 2:48 pm

User avatar Fluticasone; Salmeterol is a combination of a corticosteroid and a beta-agonist administered by inhalation for treating asthma.

Advair™ is not indicated for acute bronchospasm. An inhaled short-acting beta2-agonist may be taken for immediate relief of acute symptoms.

SO you should be using short acting bronchodilater for acute asthma attacks, like albuterol. advair is indicated for maintainance of asthyma, not acute ones.
thank you and i hope you feel better.

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