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Fluticasone is a steroid that prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation. Salmeterol is a bronchodilator. It works by relaxing muscles in the airways to improve breathing.
Fluticasone and salmeterol inhalation is a combination medicine used to prevent asthma attacks. It is also used to prevent flare-ups or worsening of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) associated with chronic bronchitis and/or emphysema.
In people with COPD, fluticasone and salmeterol is for long-term treatment. In people with asthma, this medicine is for short-term treatment until symptoms are well controlled with with other medicines.
Advair Diskus is for use in adults and children who are at least 4 years old. Advair HFA is for use in adults and children who are at least 12 years old.
Salmeterol may increase the risk of death in people with asthma, but the risk in people with COPD is not known. Talk with your doctor about your individual risks and benefits of using this medicine.
Fluticasone and salmeterol may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.