What is Fluticasone-Salmeterol?

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This is a combination of fluticasone and salmeterol. It is an inhalant preparation that is used for maintenance treatment of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) associated with chronic bronchitis.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 142 107
Asthma 89 55
Breathing difficulty 35 14
Shortness of breath (dyspnea) 12 6
Bronchitis 10 0

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 6
Moderate 36
Mild 88
None 277

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Fluticasone-Salmeterol

Side effect Patients Percentage
Dry mouth 14
Thrush 4
Bad taste in mouth 3
Cough 3
Hoarseness 3
Jittery feeling 3

Show all 62 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Fluticasone-Salmeterol

Dosage Patients Percentage
250-50 mcg/puff twice daily 18
100-50 mcg/puff twice daily 4
500-50 mcg/puff twice daily 4
100 mcg-50 mcg daily 3
2 x 250 mcg-50 mcg daily 3
250-50mcg/puff as needed 3
250 mcg-50 mcg daily 2
250 mcg-50 mcg twice daily 2
500-50 mcg/puff daily 2
2 x 500-50 mcg/puff twice daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Fluticasone-Salmeterol

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Reason Patients Percentage
Doctor's advice 48
Other 37
Did not seem to work 34
Course of treatment ended 25
Expense 24
Side effects too severe 19
Change in health plan coverage 13
Personal research 7
See all 170 patients who've stopped taking Fluticasone-Salmeterol

Duration

Currently taking Fluticasone-Salmeterol

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 13
5 - 10 years 7
10 years or more 31

Stopped taking Fluticasone-Salmeterol

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 21
1 - 6 months 27
6 months - 1 year 20
1 - 2 years 28
2 - 5 years 37
5 - 10 years 24
10 years or more 15
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 225
Usually 117
Sometimes 44
Never taken as prescribed 21
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 13
Somewhat hard to take 38
A little hard to take 71
Not at all hard to take 285
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 11
$100-199 10
$50-99 25
$25-49 76
< $25 113
Not specified 172

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Fluticasone-Salmeterol after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Budesonide-Formoterol (Symbicort) 10
Albuterol (Albuterol Inhaler) 7
Fluticasone (Flovent HFA) 5
Fluticasone furoate-Vilanterol (Breo Ellipta) 4
Formoterol-mometasone (Dulera) 4

Show all 19 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Fluticasone-Salmeterol and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Budesonide-Formoterol (Symbicort) 19
Fluticasone furoate-Vilanterol (Breo Ellipta) 9
Fluticasone (Flovent HFA) 4
Albuterol (Albuterol Inhaler) 3
Formoterol-mometasone (Dulera) 3

Show all 15 treatments patients report switching to

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31 patient evaluations for Fluticasone-Salmeterol

Dec 31, 2018 (Started Jan 01, 1998)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for asthma)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for asthma)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (dry mouth)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 250 mcg-50 mcg Daily

Jul 19, 2017 (Started Jan 01, 1998)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for asthma)
  • Side effects
    Mild (dry mouth)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 250 mcg-50 mcg Daily
Advice & Tips: I'm supposed to take Advair twice daily but due to outrageous cost I only take once a day. I have to pay over $300.00. I also recommend using this right before you brush your teeth. That way you are getting it out of your mouth. It causes thrush if you don't rinse well. I think it might be contributing to some small amount of recently discovered cataracts:-(
Cost: $200+ monthly

Jan 15, 2012 (Started Jan 01, 1998)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for asthma)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 250 mcg-50 mcg Daily
Advice & Tips: the side effects sound scary to me so I only use it once a day. If I am getting sick or going through allergy attacks I will start using it twice a day. I am currently on a plan to get free Advair. I think what they charge is SINFUL! We have to pay our own insurance being self employed and I couldn't afford my meds from the awful economy.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 21, 2010 (Started Jan 01, 1998)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for asthma)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 250 mcg-50 mcg Daily
Advice & Tips: This medication has been very helpful managing my asthma. I haven't had any longterm side effects. I hope I never do...
Cost: $200+ monthly

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Jun 1, 2016 (Started Dec 15, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for asthma)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pneumonia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (thrush)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2 x 230 mcg-21 mcg Twice daily

Feb 8, 2016 (Started Dec 15, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for asthma)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pneumonia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (thrush)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2 x 230 mcg-21 mcg Twice daily

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Feb 18, 2016 (Started Jul 19, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Cost: $100-199 monthly

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