User Reviews for Fluticasone / salmeterol to treat COPD, Maintenance
Brand names: Advair Diskus, Wixela Inhub, Advair HFA, AirDuo Respiclick, AirDuo Digihaler
Fluticasone / salmeterol has an average rating of 6.7 out of 10 from a total of 34 reviews for the treatment of COPD, Maintenance. 56% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 24% reported a negative experience.
Reviews for Fluticasone / salmeterol
Advair Diskus (fluticasone / salmeterol) "Advair does work really well But the disk spray is terrible. This medicine is very expensive, they should work on new container. you have to clean it a ot, and when you do the number of use goes down to 0 when it has plenty in it..then you have to waste medicine using it in the air to see if there is any left.This medicine is so expensive they should look in to fixing the container it comes in.."
Advair Diskus (fluticasone / salmeterol) "Advair helps me to breathe, bottom line. I rated it an 8 only because of the side effect of heartburn, which can be almost intolerable at times. I can find something to relieve that discomfort! I don't really have much of an appetite (see as a good thing for maintaining blood sugar levels and weight). I am using in conjunction with another once a day inhaler. I feel better and clearer than I have in years!"
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Advair Diskus (fluticasone / salmeterol) "I started taking Advair 50/500 about 2 years ago. I must say that I have noticed almost a complete turn around with my breathing problems which is wonderful. However, I am in the emergency room almost half of every month due to severe heartburn, gallbladder attacks, severe stomach, throat and esophagus pain. It is all due to the Advair. Have been on all the breathing medicines and Advair works the best. Just don't know if I can keep dealing with all these side effects."
Advair HFA (fluticasone / salmeterol) "I used to take the Advair in Diskus form. I couldn't breath in fast to get enough med so they switched me to the aerosol type Advair. This one works well for me. The thing is, some Drs do not tell you you MUST rinse your entire mouth and gargle after every use. It can cause thrush, which is awful, and voice loss, hoarseness, coughing, and mouth sores too if you leave residue within the mouth or throat. This has a corticosteroid in it so please rinse well! Avoid side effects. It will help you breath because its a beta antagonist blocker or something, which relaxes the lung muscle. Take care of your mouth! I have dentures so I must rinse even MORE but never had thrush in 9 years over it and can breath easier now."
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Advair Diskus (fluticasone / salmeterol) "Advair Diskus helped my breathing by day two. I loved it at first, other than the cost. By week three my joints started to hurt and by 4th week I was having some real joint pain. After seeing the doctor and stopping the Advair discus the pain stopped within a few days. This has been a problem for me with some other COPD meds but this was by far the worst for pain for me."
Advair Diskus (fluticasone / salmeterol) "I have been taking Advair 250/50 for going on 3 years and I love it! My breathing oxygen level stays in the high 90's and I haven't make a trip to the ER for not being able to breath after I started it. Highly recommend it even tho it is pricy"
Advair Diskus (fluticasone / salmeterol) "By the third day I had lost my voice, developed pneumonia, been unable to cough out production from my lungs, scarred my lungs even further. I would expect this product to be removed by the FDA soon. If the condition lasts, I'll be seeking legal council."
Advair Diskus (fluticasone / salmeterol) "On medicare and hit the donut hole in August, Have to pay $185. for one month. Way to much for something thats helping me breathe. Something I have to have. When is a generic or something affordable coming out."
Advair Diskus (fluticasone / salmeterol) "Used it before, but then had it changed to Symbicort. No way of telling which one is better. I seem to get a lot of head colds and sinus drainage with both. Now my MD is putting me back on Advair 250/50, but I doubt it will be effective at all. I walk 5 miles a day in an hour and 13 minutes. So if my time improves a little, then maybe it does help more than Symbicort did."
"I was doing soooo good on the Advair 500/50 diskus. Well, then , Medicare decides to switch me to the generic form. My O2 stats have dropped drastically. From 97 down to 93 and sometimes much lower like 87. My throat stayed clogged up, as well as my chest is heavy. I'm having muscle tremors as well. My heart shoots up to 128 and higher at times. The generic advair SUCKS BIG TIME. This inferior medicine is NOT the best or even close to the original. In the meantime I still have to struggle to breath. And try to fight this system that's forced upon me, as well as others. SHAME ON ALL OF THOSE INVOLVED. I was on Advair for about 9 years. This generic shit for about 4 months."
Advair Diskus (fluticasone / salmeterol) "I have been on Advair Diskus for only 2 days and already I feel like I have much more energy, and I don't wheeze like I used too. Haven't had to have my inhaler in 2 days either. Time will tell lets hope I have found something that works and I can get back to a normal lifestyle."
Advair Diskus (fluticasone / salmeterol) "I've been on Advair Diskus 250/50 for almost one month since being out of the hospital where I coded from COPD. Needless to say I have quit smoking after 30 years (cold turkey) I can actually breathe & no more wheezing. Only drawback is financially it cost $530 & I now have a thick mucus in the back of my throat that I remember having when I once had pneumonia. My throat stays sore & I am so afraid of coming down with pneumonia. Because of this I am going to try using Advair once a day instead of twice a day. I also have nasal drip all night as well."
Advair Diskus (fluticasone / salmeterol) "I have severe COPD, and have been on Advair 50/250 for 11 years. I am also diabetic due to being overweight, and not being able to exercise. My FEV is 15%. Advair helps, BUT it has played havoc with my blood sugar. I lost 65 pounds since being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes a year ago. My blood sugar went down to normal levels since I had to quit taking the Advair (temporarily) due to the high cost. My breathing worsened, so I refilled my Advair, but I my blood sugar went back up over 200. I'm in a dilemma now. The insulin is $600/month. The Advair is $200. If I don't take the Advair, I hardly need any insulin. I do take Xopenex/ipratropium via neb, but that doesn't last all day like the Advair. It's part B, so more affordable by far."
Advair Diskus (fluticasone / salmeterol) "I first began using Advair after my second two week stay in the hospital for upper respiratory infection. For much of my youth and all of my young adult life up to this point 1997, I had constant shortness of breath and periodic times where I was unable to regulate my breathing without a bronchial inhaler 5, 6 or more times a day. The first time I used Advair I noticed a difference and within days I was breathing like I was 12 years old again. I could not believe the difference. It was night and day. I know that other users may not get the same level of relief, but for me it has been a miracle."
Advair Diskus (fluticasone / salmeterol) "I have both asthma symptoms and copd so advair was given to me for the asthma first. It really helped me breathe better and it is a great med for long term control. As my copd progressed, I was unable to get a good breath to inhale from the diskus so my doc changed me to the HFA inhaler form. Advair is great and effective and I sure know when I have run out how much it helps me breathe."
Advair Diskus (fluticasone / salmeterol) "I’ve told 3 of my doctors that this medication is a waste of time for me all it does is make me feel like I’m holding my breath with absolutely no help with my breathing my doctor had ordered me trelegy but apparently Humana has a problem with a medication that actually works"
Advair Diskus (fluticasone / salmeterol) "I started taking this medicine for a COVID cough. After one week of taking it, I started having body aches. Another week passed and I was having chest pressure. It did help with the cough, but then I started having heartburn and was coughing more than when I had COVID. I started to develop Gastrointestinal issues. After eating, I would belch and regurgitation would happen. Heartburn and chest pain was also common. A cough would happen after eating. I went to see a pulmonologist and see told me that I can just stop taking it and that no withdrawal symptoms would happen. That was a lie. After stopping it, cold turkey, I started feeling like absolute rubbish. I started to have diarrhea, abdominal pain, insomnia, anxiety, depression, feeling dizzy and faint-like. She never told me about adrenal insufficiency that could happen after stopping a corticosteroid. It’s been almost 3 months since I stopped the medication and I feel like the symptoms are only getting worse."
Advair Diskus (fluticasone / salmeterol) "The worst inhaler I have ever used, It has caused side effects of a sore throat, bad cough, congestion, sleeping issues, muscle and bone pain and doesn't work well as an inhaler. Do NOT recommend. My emergency inhaler works better and lasts longer."
"This medication is great. This medicine helped me to start breathing again after an exacerbated COPD attack 2 months ago. I was hospitalized for 8 days. I did get a candida infection of my mouth and throat when I first started using this. My Pulmonary Doctor has me using Crest ProHealth mouthwash after each use to prevent oral candida infection. "
"After two weeks of using it I felt much better.I went back to my doctor for a check up and he told me my lungs were sounding better.I am very pleased with it so far. I have been on it for 4 weeks now with no side affect as of yet"
"I have been using Advair 25/250 for about 1.5 years and am very satisfied. My breathing has improved immensely and I can easily walk 3 miles at 4 mph in 45 minutes, each day. My health insurance plan covers the cost; tends to be costly in Canada. I recently discovered that you can buy it in Asia for $20 (marketed as Seretide) rather than paying $175 in Canada. Very effective medication for me!"
"Well I think the medication is working properly the disc that displays the numbers is not functioning properly. This is a problem for me since I depend on the display of the numbers so I can discern what time of day is the dose is needed."
Advair Diskus (fluticasone / salmeterol) "Just started this inhaler, Dr. only put me on it for a week. Then she will change me to another type with no powder. But I love the way I can breathe now. Its amazing to me, I CAN BREATHE."
Advair Diskus (fluticasone / salmeterol) "I love Advair. It stopped my chronic wheezing and has given me back my energy."
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Advair Diskus (fluticasone / salmeterol) "The very next day after starting Advair my life improved dramatically. I am not kidding....this stuff really works. I now do 40 min of yoga and a full mile of accelarated aerobic walking (20 min) 5 days a week. After that I immediately grab my oximeter....it is almost always at 97 or 98. My dr. says am in severe stage and functioning and a level 1. I don't even use my nebulizer and Aluteral anymore. I am 71 yrs old and am being fully honest."