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 130 101
Asthma 72 49
Breathing difficulty 33 14
Shortness of breath (dyspnea) 12 6
Bronchitis 11 1

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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
Severe
7
Moderate
35
Mild
86
None
263

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Fluticasone-Salmeterol

Side effect Patients
Dry mouth 13
Oral thrush (candidiasis) 8
Hoarseness 4
Mouth sores (ulcers) 3
Shaky hands 3
Tachycardia (fast heart rate) 3

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Fluticasone-Salmeterol

Dosage Patients
250-50 mcg/puff twice daily 24
500-50 mcg/puff twice daily 10
2 x 250 mcg-50 mcg daily 9
250 mcg-50 mcg twice daily 8
100-50 mcg/puff twice daily 6
100 mcg-50 mcg daily 5
2 x 500 mcg-50 mcg daily 5
250 mcg-50 mcg daily 4
250-50 mcg/puff daily 3
500-50 mcg/puff daily 3

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Why patients stopped taking Fluticasone-Salmeterol

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 48
Other 38
Did not seem to work 31
Course of treatment ended 23
Expense 21
Side effects too severe 19
Change in health plan coverage 13
Personal research 7
See all 161 patients who've stopped taking Fluticasone-Salmeterol

Duration

Currently taking Fluticasone-Salmeterol

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 10
2 - 5 years 15
5 - 10 years 35
10 years or more 46

Stopped taking Fluticasone-Salmeterol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 22
1 - 6 months 25
6 months - 1 year 20
1 - 2 years 25
2 - 5 years 32
5 - 10 years 26
10 years or more 13
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 229
Usually 110
Sometimes 35
Never taken as prescribed 17
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 10
Somewhat hard to take 37
A little hard to take 64
Not at all hard to take 280
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 12
$100-199 10
$50-99 22
$25-49 74
< $25 104
Not specified 169

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Fluticasone-Salmeterol after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Budesonide-Formoterol (Symbicort) 7
Albuterol (Albuterol Inhaler) 5
Fluticasone (Flovent HFA) 5
Formoterol-mometasone (Dulera) 4
Fluticasone furoate-Vilanterol (Breo Ellipta) 2

Show all 18 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Fluticasone-Salmeterol and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Budesonide-Formoterol (Symbicort) 14
Fluticasone furoate-Vilanterol (Breo Ellipta) 6
Fluticasone (Flovent HFA) 4
Albuterol (Albuterol Inhaler) 3
Formoterol-mometasone (Dulera) 3

Show all 14 treatments patients report switching to

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33 patient evaluations for Fluticasone-Salmeterol

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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May 19, 2017 (Started Dec 02, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for asthma)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 250 mcg-50 mcg Daily
Advice & Tips: It works extremely well. However, I have run into a problem with getting all the medication into my lungs. Bummer my doctor said there is no liquid form for Advair Discus. Also for each discus my co-pay is $90 each!! I tried to go without it, but I had too many flares during the night.
Cost: $50-99 monthly

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Jun 1, 2016 (Started Dec 15, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pneumonia)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for asthma)
  • 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
    Moderate (for pneumonia)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for asthma)
  • 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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