Advair is an inhaler used in the treatment of  COPD, Asthma, and other respiratory problems. It is a combination inhaler with the medications of Fluticasone and Salmeterol.

Fluticasone is a steroid that prevents the body from releasing certain molecules into the body during a period of Inflammation. Salmeterol is a bronchodilator and works by relaxing the muscles of the Lungs and airways to allow improved breathing.

Depending on the reason that Advair is being used – it can be long term – daily for months – or short term – once a day for 7-14 days. Typically, in short-term use, it is used until symptoms improve or resolve.

Salmeterol can increase the risk of death in people with Asthma, but when used in combination with Fluticasone – that risk decreases.

Advair is not a rescue inhaler.


1.)  Asthma
2.)  Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
3.)  Emphysema
4.)  Chronic Bronchitis

Age of Use

Advair:  4+ years old

Advair HFA: 12+ years old

Side Effects

–  Long term use of steroid can cause bone loss
–  Chest pain
–  Increased Heart Rate
–  Headache
–  Vision changes
–  Sores in the mouth
–  Trouble swallowing
–  High blood sugar
–  Low Potassium
–  Muscle pains
–  Joint pains