Advair (Fluticasone + Salmeterol) : The original combination inhaler is still the most popular. Basically it combines a steroid with a long acting beta adrenergic (LABA). The steroid controls inflammation while the LABA keeps your lungs relaxed around the clock. The combination of these medicines has worked wonders for many asthmatics. The best part of this medicine is all you need to do is take one puff in the morning and one before bed. This greatly improves complaince, and that alone I think has benefited many asthmatics.
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When used in high doses, a small amount of the medication is absorbed into the bloodstream and some side effects beyond the mouth and throat may develop. The most likely to be encountered are easy bruisability of the skin and suppression of the adrenal glands. The significance of adrenal gland suppression is discussed in further detail in the pamphlet entitled Asthma and Steroids in Tablet Form , prepared by the Partners Asthma Center. The risk from the long-term use of inhaled steroids in terms of hastening thinning of the bones (osteoporosis) is currently being studied. However, it is widely agreed that any risk that may be discovered will be far less than that resulting from use of steroids in tablet form in doses needed to achieve the same control of asthma.