Headache, throat irritation, bronchitis, muscle pain and upset stomach are common side effects of Advair Diskus, according to WebMD. Blood pressure may rise after using the drug. Pneumonia, dizziness, back pain, candidiasis and upper respiratory tract infection are frequent side effects of fluticasone/salmeterol, the generic name of Advair Diskus, adds Drugs.com.
Advair contains fluticasone, a steroid, and salmeterol, a bronchodilator, explains Drugs.com. Fluticasone helps prevent inflammation, while salmeterol relaxes airway muscles so individuals with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease can breathe more easily. Advair is not fast-acting enough for use in an asthma attack already in progress; however, individuals should use quick-relief inhalation medicines in those instances. Asthma patients who use salmeterol have an increased risk for death, and long-term use of steroids, such as fluticasone, can cause bone loss, especially in smokers or those with a family history of osteoporosis.
Because Advair requires regular use to be effective, an individual may need to use the drug for a week or more before she receives the full benefit, notes WebMD. The medication is most effective when taken at the same time every day, at evenly spaced intervals. Individuals inhale the Advair Diskus by mouth while in a flat position, usually twice a day. Rinsing the mouth and gargling after each use helps prevent yeast infections.